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Isaac Newton’s Sports in Motion

Science SOL 6.2, PH.1, PH.5, PH.6

Students will review the three laws of motion and demonstrate each of the laws and how they are used in sports. Students will then be asked to use the laws of motion and other key concepts to create a race track (with a few obstacles) for a marble. The challenge is not just building a successful race track, but it’s also learning to work together and sharing ideas as a group…. Being a team!

Program Space Requirements:

Classroom or science lab

STE(A)M Sports

Math SOLs 6.5c, 6.6a, 6.8a, 6.8b, 7.4a, 7.4b, 8.8, 8.13
Science SOLs 6.1, 6.8 PS.10

This program will get your students thinking beyond the court and field, and really gives them the opportunity to explore the science, technology, engineering, art and math involved with sports. Our mini activity stations offer a different perspective that is often overlooked. From exploring how a prolate spheroid impacts the game to how different playing surfaces affect a players’ force, your students will gain an appreciation for the small details that have a huge impact on the game.

Program Space Requirements:

Classroom or science lab

Character Development

Future Stars of the Commonwealth

Health SOL 6.3, 6.4, 7.5, 8.2b, 8.2c

This is the age where learning how to be a “team player” is important. This program emphasizes the importance of working together, asking for help, communicating clearly, and having high expectations for themselves and their teammates. With our hands-on team building games, every student will be actively engaged and will leave the classroom knowing what it means to work as a team.

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Business/Career/Character Development

That’s a Job


There are many more sports career opportunities than just athlete or coach. “That’s a Job” is designed to provide career inspiration for your athletic and non-athletic students with a friendly business competition.

Each team of students will put together a proposal for their Virginia athlete to be the next face of a very well-known product. Watch your students “knock it out of the park” as they try to impress the advertising executives and land the big deal.

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Math Academy: Middle School

Football Fanatics Mathematics

Math SOL 6.2, 6.5b, 6.5c, 6.7c, 6.9, 6.10, 7.5, 7.6b, 7.1d, 7.8, 8.5, 8.9, 8.10, 8.13b, 8.13c

Hutt, Hutt, HIKE! Student teams will play table football to figure out who is a mathematics fanatic. They will be challenged by football themed math questions to advance down the field for the chance to score a touchdown and kick a field goal. This program is great for a beginning of the school year math review or as even a fun way to get ready for SOL tests.

Program Space Requirements:

Classroom or science lab

Recruiter Math

Math SOL 6.2

Who will make the cut? VCU Basketball is recruiting new players. Recruiter Math demonstrates how fractions are used in basketball as students analyze their own skills when we hold a try out. Learning that all sports skills come down to parts and wholes, students will transform their performance fractions into decimals and percentages. Using a circle graph we will plug in everyone’s performance to show students what it’s like to be a coach selecting a team of All-Stars!

Program Space Requirements: Classroom

Mean Skill

Math SOL 6.11a, 6.11b

Batting average, free throw percentage, yards per offensive play: this program will demonstrate to your students the importance of statistics and math in sports.

Students will work in teams to create data with a skills challenge. Teams will determine their “stats” using mean, median, mode, and range, and graph their results and ultimately finding out which team will have the “mean”est skill?

Program Space Requirements:

Small open area needed for activities

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