NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News), NBC Olympics and the National Science Foundation teamed up on 16-part video series The Science of the Olympic Winter Games, which was narrated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt and is available on a dedicated page, as well as via the sites for NBC Learn and the NSF.
The Science of the Olympic Winter Games seeks to answer questions including how angular momentum helps figure skater Rachael Flatt achieve the perfect triple toe loop, how elastic collision allows hockey player Julie Chu to convert a slap shot and how Newton’s Three Laws of Motion propel short-track speed skater J.R. Celski to the finish line.
The series will also be offered to educators for incorporation into classroom learning.
NBC News president Steve Capus said:
This unique project shows just how versatile NBC Learn can be. We’ve made a commitment to education, and this project is another creative way to support classroom learning using the journalism and production resources of NBC News. Every two years, the Olympics captivate us. This project is another way of telling the remarkable stories of athletes who are the best of the best.
Jeff Nesbit, director of the NSF’s office of legislative and public affairs, added:
Science touches every aspect of our nation’s popular pursuits, including its athletic events. It’s exciting to partner with NBC Learn and NBC’s Emmy Award-winning Olympic division to present the range and depth of that science to a huge American audience while ultimately inspiring the passions of young people across the United States in all the things science can do.