BEFORE YOU GO
– Review relevant vocabulary and key terms: friction, torque, kinetic and potential energy, gravity, momentum, inertia.
– Call ahead and ask if the staff at the rink can provide demonstrations or give lessons, which can provide a visual representation of the vocabulary terms.
Students learn about the science and physics behind skating.
WHAT TO WONDER
Ask: How does the design of the skate (number of blades or wheels, width and length of blades or wheels) affect a skater’s movement?
Describe how friction is used to start a stroke or movement and how it is used to stop movement while skating.
Observe all of a skater’s body parts while skating, not just the legs. What are the skater’s arms, torso, and head doing while skating?
Opinion: Which do you think is more difficult to do: begin skating/pushing off, turning or twirling, or stopping? Why?
Compare ice skating and rollerblading. How is the science behind how you make them move similar?
Challenge: Determine the kinetic energy of yourself while skating or that of another skater. Use the following formula: KE = 1/2mass * velocity²