Science of Sport

From the moment you leave the starting blocks, your sporting ability can be affected by science. How do people balance, and what makes them fall over? What happens when a ball bounces, and why do balls have different surfaces? How is friction useful in sport and how do we use science to protect us from injury?Watch plastic cups loop-the loop, and try to spot the trick in the game of crazy cricket. Dare you sit on a seat of nails?

This exciting and interactive show uses lots of audience involvement to make you think about sport as you never have before. Be prepared to limber up and join in for this show with lots of audience interaction.

“…everyone praised your genuine and infectious enthusiasm for science.” – Assistant Head Teacher

 

Curriculum Links

Key Stage 3

  • Conservation of energy
  • Gravity
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Rotational motion
  • Moments
  • Frictional forces including air resistance
  • Force, area and pressure
  • Inertia

 

Learning Objectives

Key Stage 3

After watching the show KS3 pupils should:

  • Understand that science can help us to play sports better and safer
  • Recognise that the position of centre of gravity is crucial for stability
  • Understand that objects can be be made to rotate faster or slower by changing their distance from the centre of rotation
  • Know that solids transmit forces
  • Understand that impacts can be reduced by spreading them over time, distance or area

 

Duration

50 or 60 minute versions available

Suggested audiences

  • 11-14 year olds
  • Can be adapted for 7-11 year olds
  • Families of mixed age groups
  • Festivals and events

We will need the venue to provide

  • Power sockets
  • Projector screen
  • Two long tables
  • Drinking water for presenter

Please note this show contains demonstrations that use water and water may be spilt on the floor. Please ensure your chosen venue is suitable to house such a show.

What people say about us

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    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive