Monthly Archives: September 2009

  • Bad Movie Science: Stunt Car Exploration

    Posted on September 1, 2009 by Arbor Scientific

    Hollywood 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...

    This post was posted in CoolStuff Newsletters, Force & Motion and was tagged with explosion, Bad Movie Science, Stunt Car, Stunt Car Lab

  • SK8TR Goes Ballistic: Energy & Motion

    Posted on September 1, 2009 by Arbor Scientific

    Engaging 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!

    This post was posted in CoolStuff Newsletters, Force & Motion, Energy and was tagged with Motion, energy, sk8ter, skateboarder, ramp

  • Putting Scale in Perspective

    Posted on September 1, 2009 by Arbor Scientific

    With 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.

    This post was posted in CoolStuff Newsletters, Measurement and was tagged with scale, globe, Earth

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