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Skateboards / High-Wire Walking


Price: $29.95
Order Number: 711.0018
Format : DVD

Series Order #711This product includes a DVD, CD-ROM (contains additional student activities) and online access to a Teacher’s Guide. The CD-ROM includes a Spanish language soundtrack.

Skateboards- How do skateboarders seem to defy gravity? Host David Heil and physics expert Jack Netland are on a role as they explore how skateboarders use kinetic and potential energy. David shows off his new knowledge by doing a few tricks of his own. Your students learn how skateboarders use ramps to do tricks, how a skateboarder can overcome gravity, how a ramp helps achieve speed, and what is the ideal skateboard.

Concepts: Motion, forces and friction, energy transfer, potential and kinetic energy.

High-Wire Walking- What does it take to balance on a high wire? Physics expert Jack Netland teaches host David Huddleston that center of mass is a key to balance. When David tries to walk the wire, he discovers it takes practice as well as science to stay balanced. Your students learn how high-wire artists keep their balance, and why you put your arms out from your sides when you try to balance on one foot.

Concepts:Gravity, center of mass and center of gravity, equilibrium, stability, torque.

Rights granted with the purchase of DVD include: a) life of media audiovisual use, b) public performance, c) campus or building closed circuit and digital/video-on-demand transmission.

Click here for Teacher’s Guide

Ideal for Grades: 6 - 9
Duration: 30 minutes
Producer: Twin Cities Public Television
Series Order #711

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