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Featured Activity: GRAPPLING WITH GRAVITY
There is little that's more awe-inspiring in a basketball game than a gravity-defying slam dunk. It takes an amazing amount of athleticism to achieve these showy feats, as well as a healthy knowledge of physics.
How high a basketball bounces affects a player’s ability to dribble and to control rebounds.
Using catapults to investigate the trajectory – or curved path - a ball takes when it's thrown.
PERF. SHOT #2
Most basketball players add backspin to the ball when they shoot. Does it really make a difference in their shot?
TO THE BANK
There are many different types of shots that can be made in basketball. Let’s take a scientific look at two and discover the benefits of both!
NEED A LIFT?
Sometimes a long pass from the defensive end can set up a great fast break. Let's investigate how science can assist with passing!
Everyone knows about the pressure that comes with taking that game winning shot, but the ball itself requires pressure, too.
Whether catching a quick pass or laying in a bucket, nimble hands are crucial in basketball. Let's investigate how they work.
You have probably experienced the sting of salty sweat getting in your eye after some exercise or a game of basketball. Maybe you tasted salty sweat as it ran down your face and onto your lips. What’s salt got to do with us and our ability to play basketball?
Thunder fans in Loud City are great at getting the noise and excitement levels way up! But what is sound exactly? What makes sound louder? Let’s do some experiments to see how sound waves work!
PASS THAT ION
Whether you are washing your gym socks or crushing your thirst with a citrusy drink, you use acids and bases every day. What exactly is an acid or a base? How do we recognize them? Let’s experiment to find out.
Have you ever wondered why you feel a thumping in your neck and other parts of your body while playing basketball? Have you ever felt this sensation even after the game was over? Let’s investigate and find out why.
SPIN TO WIN
You have probably seen athletes spin basketballs and make them balance on their fingers. You may have even tried it yourself. Let's explore these kinds of movements.