The Science of Snowboarding

With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games approaching, we’ll all soon be marveling at the raw skill and ability of athletes from all over the world — and asking ourselves, How do they do that?

But a new video series produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation helps remind us that it’s not just about the skill and ability of the athletes. Science and engineering also play a huge role.

Check out this video featuring Shaun White, arguably the greatest snowboarder in the world. Notice that when discussing the factors that allow White to pull off such mind-blowing tricks, there are a lot of words that will sound familiar to anyone that’s ever taken math classes in middle school and high school: radius, velocity, trajectory, curvature, and more.

Snowboarding is cool. The Olympics are cool. And yes, math and science and engineering are pretty cool, too.

Check out other videos in the series here.

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