Find Out as Students Meet Three Elite Sports Professionals. Plus, Download Free Math Olympic Games Activities!
In the sports world, calculations and mathematical thinking are everywhere. This episode of Math at Work, and the five activities below, help illustrate to students some of the key roles that math plays in athletics—and beyond. Much of sports-related math involves being measured, in categories including speed, distance, repetitions in the gym, and calories, to name a few.
This episode of Math at Work takes three student athletes to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to find out what it takes to become an Olympian. Filming was completed in January 2020, and the episode was intended to premiere in conjunction with the Summer Olympic Games originally scheduled for 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the decision by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to postpone the Games until 2021. The decision was a disappointment to the elite athletes who had been training to compete—as well as the millions of people around the world who had been looking forward to watching them—but it was a necessary step to ensure their safety and health.
Now with the Games held in 2021, we are reminded that the peace, friendship, hope, tolerance, and greatness symbolized by the Olympic torch are never out of date. So, if you're itching to bring some Olympic action into your learning, check out the episode and explore the math Olympic activities below.
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