Monthly Archives: September 2009
Posted on September1,2009 by Arbor ScientificHollywood is famous for creating stunts that defy the laws of physics. One of the most talked about is the movie "Speed". Could a fully loaded bus traveling at 50 mph (or faster) actually jump a 50 foot gap in a highway overpass? In this issue of CoolStuff you get a great classroom discussion topic and a download for a student activity allowing students to explore this classic Hollywood stunt.Here's the 1994 movie trailer...
Posted on September1,2009 by Arbor ScientificEngaging students, grabbing their attention; any teacher would agree that's the key to getting students excited about science, and maybe even remembering a little of what they learned. In this issue of CoolStuff we connect complete cool, with an important lesson on energy and motion. Extreme sports push the limits of what is humanly possible, but really big stunts take more than athleticism and guts. Really big stunts require science!
Posted on September1,2009 by Arbor ScientificWith respect to this globe, how far is 200 miles? Well, look here (pointing to the globe) New York City to Boston is about 200 miles. With respect to this globe, that's about this far. (Holding up his thumb and fore finger barely apart.) Then he asked, "How far out does the Space Shuttle orbit?" Answers are offered all around; 230 miles, 200 miles, 180 miles... Well, it's about 200 miles.