Why are bowling lanes oiled with more oil placed at the start of the lane and less at the end? What is the advantage of throwing a “hook” ball? And why do those pins remain standing even though the ball hit them? Apply simple properties of physics to the game of bowling, and watch your game improve! Experiment with different throwing techniques and discover why the pros release the ball low to the ground, spin the ball so it hooks, and hit the pins at an angle.
Students participate in activities to learn about the members of their team and how to work together in order to be successful.
BEFORE YOU GO
- Call ahead to ask about age, height or fitness requirements, as well as necessary or recommended equipment.
- Download a map and list of activities from the website. Check if the website offers printable lessons or worksheets.
- Discuss with students the importance of teambuilding and game playing.
WHAT TO WONDER
Ask: How does the game function? Why is the bowling lane so slick?
Observe how your teammates react and interact. Remember to stay positive – everyone is different and brings a unique advantage to the team.
Describe how each team member contributes to the activity. Describe the rules and procedures of the game.
Opinion: What type of player are you – competitive, all about fun and the spirit of the team? What do you think about cheating during sports or games?
Compare several activities you completed today. Which were hardest and why? Which were most fun? Which required the most teamwork?
Challenge students to predict scores or game outcomes, to improve their skills by using basic math or physics concepts.
Discuss the importance of teamwork or “playing the game.” In what other situations might you need these skills? Is it important to play by the rules? Why or why not?
Research the history of the sport. Research tips on how to play and improve. Find videos or photos of the game.
Project: Design and play a mini version of the sport at your school, and challenge students to use basic math or physics to help.
Information about laws of physics, bowling terms, stats and online lessons http://www.mrfizzix.com/bowling/index2.html and http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu/211_fall2004.web.dir/craig_stephenson/direction.html