Find Out as Students Meet Three Elite Sports Professionals. Plus, Download Free 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 2020 Summer OIympic Games, originally scheduled for July 23-August 8, in Tokyo, Japan. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the decision in March by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to postpone the Games. 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.
No matter when the Games are ultimately held, the peace, friendship, hope, tolerance, and greatness symbolized by the Olympic torch is never out of date. So, if you're itching to experience some Olympic action this summer, check out the episode and explore the activities.
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