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.
The Curiosity Cube is a traveling cargo container fitted with labs, virtual-realitytechnology, and other resources to give students a hands-on experience when learning about science. The concept of The Curiosity Cube is based on TheCuriosity Labsprogram, developed by the biotech company Millipore Sigma, in which employees go into classrooms and conduct hands-on experiments with students.
Crazy Gears from Edoki Academy gets children to think critically and explore physics and other STEM topics. This puzzle-like app for iOS asks students to construct gears to find a way to “pull themselves to the next level.”
The Body VR lets users experience the wonders of the human body and its billions of living cells. Users travel through the bloodstream and learn everything there is to know about how blood cells work to spread oxygen through the human body. They also learn how the body reacts when it is faced with deadly viruses.