Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:
  • As discussed in last week’s Teach Through Educational Travel: The Olympics! Part One – the slogan for the Olympics is “Swifter, Higher Stronger”. It seems that every year Olympians are breaking world records. Discuss what may account for the improved performance in athletes. Find Olympic stats here. Once students have discussed, showthis video breaking down that exact question in reference to the 100 meter sprint.
  • Linear regression, air density and the hammer throw’s similarities to a particle accelerator… the list goes on and on! The Olympics aren’t all about history and geography, they’re about physics! Have your students check out these articles which apply physics to Olympic events and then have them discuss other ways physics can be applied to the Olympic games.