Put student engagement on the fast-track
Think action sports like skateboarding and BMX have nothing to do with physical science? Think again, especially as they relate to fundamental physics concepts like motion, force, and simple machines—not to mention the problem solving required. What’s more, because kids will want to, observing action sports is a perfect vehicle for promoting self-directed and collaborative learning . . . with Action Science as your driver’s manual.
Through a combination of book and video, Bill Robertson provides all the materials you’ll need to get started, with the NGSS very much in full view. Inside and outside, you’ll find:
- Detailed instructional methods on momentum, center of gravity, inertia, and centrifugal and centripetal forces
- Hands-on classroom activities and experiments, including some utilizing common household materials
- Captivating video via QR codes of top professional and amateur extreme sports athletes demonstrating authentic, high-flying maneuvers
Robertson, an associate professor in science and technology education at the University of Texas at El Paso--and an avid skateboarder—has extensively piloted the Action Science program. It works!
“This is an outstanding resource for any middle school science teacher trying to engage unmotivated students or implement problem-based learning strategies in a way that is exciting and meaningful!”
--Melissa Miller, Middle School Science Teacher
Lynch Middle School
Check out Action Science featured on Edutopia!
|Activity 1: Flatland BMX and the Center of Gravity|
|Activity 2: Thrust and Drag on a Cushion of Air|
|Activity 3: Finding a Point of Reference|
|Activity 4: Acceleration Is Velocity in Motion|
|Activity 5: Force Makes a Mass Move|
|Activity 6: Action Reaction|
|Activity 7: Skateboards Have Levers and Fulcrums|
|Activity 8: Around the World With Wheels and Axles|