Students learn about the different types of skiing and how science plays an integral role in how skiing is done.
5000 years ago skiing was a mode of transportation for people living in snow covered areas. Skiing was even used during wartime to aid in the movement of soldiers. Today, however, skiing is widely popular as a recreational and professional sport, with numerous variations including downhill alpine, aerial skiing, the ski jump, slalom, and cross country. Skiers constantly challenge themselves to set new records in height and speed. Most notably in recent history was the record set by Harry Egger in 1999, with a skiing speed of 154 miles per hour!
BEFORE YOU GOReview relevant vocabulary and key terms: terrain, variable, velocity
WHAT TO WONDERQuestions to ask staff: What differentiates the different types of skiing? What supplies and equipment are needed for each type of skiing?
Describe the terrain; the equipment; the skis.
Observe the body of the skier. How does it move and change position depending on the type of skiing?
Opinion: What is the easiest type of skiing? What is the hardest type of skiing? Why?
Compare: Choose two types of skiing and identify their similarities and differences. What are the goals of each type? What skills and equipment are required?
Challenge: Predict which variables would influence the speed of a skier and height a skier could jump. Defend your predictions.
Discuss the variables involved in skiing that can determine how fast or how high a skier goes.
Project: Create a ski jump or downhill run for toy cars.
Research the origins of the different types of skiing. Identify which one was the original?
Social Impact: Skiing can be a dangerous sport. Create a safety poster encouraging safe practices and the use of safety equipment while skiing.