Physical science is fun!
Physical Science School Assembly Program.
Our action sports physical science or BMX in Motion Assembly was developed with the help of Arizona State University's Science is Fun. It is geared toward 5th and 6th grade students and a great reminder for all ages.
We discuss, explain, and demonstrate Newton's Laws of Motion and physical science concepts with BMX freestyle and scooter stunts on the ground and in the air.
For example, "An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force."
We explain that one way we get speed / motion in our sport is by dropping in from atop a ramp. We discuss Position and Potential energy. We demonstrate the difference in speed turned into aerials (height and distance) by dropping in from different sized ramps and measuring the resulting aerials.
A quote from Arizona State University's director of Science is Fun:
"Stunt Master’s new physics based demonstration is wonderful.
Not only does it provide a vivid real time example of Newton’s Laws of Motion,
it does so in a completely original and exciting way. Known for its striking
showcases and impressive aerial tricks, Stunt Master’s has gone beyond
their dazzle to show the science behind their tricks. Students now have the
opportunity to see the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion in action,
in a completely extraordinary way.
Whether your students are taking high school physics or being introduced to
Newton for the first time, this thrilling demonstration will give educators a
point of reference not found in books. Rather than reading about how things
work, students will have the chance to experience the phenomenon in a memorable
way. As an educator you will no doubt find ways to reference the show throughout
the year. This presentation, paired with some physics simulation software, has the
potential to get even the most reluctant students interested in learning more!"
Roxanna Montoya, M.Ed
STEM Outreach Coordinator
Instructor, ASU Science is Fun
ASU/NASA Space Grant Mentor
Arizona State University