The Science of Cheerleadingis afreeebook that explains the physics and engineering principles behind cheer routines and stunts. The book was created by the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of 300 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who are pursuing science and technology careers. Each chapter of the ebook includes a brief video of a Science Cheerleader introducing the chapter’s topic; a brief video of youth cheerleaders performing a science cheer about that topic; text, illustrations, and some engaging examples; a two- to three-minute video of an interview with a Science Cheerleader so students learn more about her connections to science and cheerleading; highlighted science terms, with more information in the Glossary; and highlighted cheer terms, with a Glossary link to explanations of the cheer terminology. Many physics principles are highlighted as well, along with examples from cheerleading and other real-world applications: Newton’s Laws of Motion, changes in velocity and acceleration, angular momentum, terminal velocity, compression and tension, center of gravity versus center of mass, and kinesiology (how muscles work). In addition, the ebook provides basic information on other relevant scientific topics, such as nutrition, computer science, acoustics, and weather. A high-level look at several science careers is also included. The Science of Cheerleading is available as a free downloadable ebook, or as interactive or noninteractive PDFs.
Drawing inspiration from the concept of moonshots, which since the moon landing in 1969 has become shorthand to talk about ambitious and groundbreaking goals, the UK’s Prince William has announced TheEarthshot Prize: a set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.
The Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words provides chemistry students of all ages and levels with instant facts about each of the elements it illustrates. When students click on Palladium, for example, they will learn about the element’s role in pollution control.
Based in Australia, Fizzics Education hosts more than 150 freeresources, including science activities and experiments, and podcasts with teaching ideas. For example, in a November 2019 podcast, two educators describe how they help their learners understand STEM from the early years and onward.