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Science and The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are an amazing time to step away from our day to day routine and support your country and favourite athletes.     Whether it is bobsled, skating, skiing or hockey, every sport provides a ton of excitement to watch the top athletes in the world compete.

But behind the scenes what math, physics, biology and chemistry goes into to the athlete’s success in training and excelling at their sports?

Fortunately, the Canadian and US Olympic broadcasters, CBC and NBC through their Science Says and NBC Learn programs have developed some fun and interesting videos to learn about the science of the Olympics.   We have noted our favourites below including the science topics they cover.

1) The Science of Stretching and Warming Up (Aerobic Capacity, Muscle memory, Energy)

2) Can Music Improve Athletic Performance? (Psychology, Brain functioning)

3) The Science of Skates (Friction, Heat)

4) Downhill Skiing and Gravity (Gravity, Force, Acceleration, Friction)

5) How do Competition Suits Work? (Aerodynamics, Friction, Wind resistance)

6) Science Friction: Curling (Friction, Momentum exchange)

7) Math and Sports (Motion, Velocity, Calculus, Arithmetic)

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10 Apps to Make Science Fun for Kids

Educational Technology is a fantastic way for kids to learn about any subject on their Smartphone or tablet.   Today we are covering Apps to make science fun for kids.  Whether your child is interested in physics, astronomy, chemistry or biology, these apps cover all topics for kids of all ages.

Here are some of our favourites to help your child explore the world of science in a fun and engaging way:


Sid the Science Kid – Sid’s Slide to the Side:  Teaches your child about friction and sliding in two stories with two games. Your child will start by learning about friction and how and why it can stop her from sliding.


The Elements: A Visual Exploration: A rich and engaging love story of the periodic table, told in words and pictures, and allowing you to experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before.


Science Glossary:  A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies to help high school students understand and learn more about science.


Anatomy 3D: Organs:  Expand your knowledge of the body’s organs with this app that combines 3D models, video, audio lectures and quizzes.


SkySafari:  One of the most comprehensive apps for astronomy – it shows 46,000 stars, plus 220 of the best-known star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies in the sky. It also displays the Solar System’s major planets and moons using NASA spacecraft imagery, and includes the best-known 150 (or so) asteroids, comets, and satellites.


The Ultimate Dinopedia: This dinosaur app lets kids indulge their fascination by providing vividly colored illustrations and fascinating facts on more than 1,000 dinosaurs including stats, a fun fact, information on the picture and the dinosaur’s evolution.


Sea Life:  This app takes you on a virtual underwater ride by introducing you to marine animals through interactive images and sounds.


Rocket Science 101: Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the apps challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft.


Kid Weather: Teaches children real time weather conditions, forecasts, science and fun facts about the weather, plus it is interactive making it fun for the kids.


Pocket Physics:  Excellent app to help high school students in the following physics topics: linear motion, force, gravity, waves, elasticity and magnetic fields, among others.

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