Posted on February 20th, 2014 in Featured, Uncategorized

First grade students in Mrs. Cindy Marshall’s class at Clinton Young Elementary are participating in a cross-curricular unit on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Every day, they check the medal count and calculate the corresponding math. The children cheer whenever the U.S. makes gains. The class has also been reading and writing about the games. A big focus has been on the science behind the sports.  One recent example is the physics involved in bobsledding. The students watched a video from the National Science Foundation and then conducted their own tests on aerodynamics. Four “bobsledders” stood in front of a fan while others checked the wind behind them by using pieces of paper as flags. Then the bobsled team crouched down like they were in a sled and we checked the air flow again.  Students noted the flags moved much faster over the team when they were crouched down tightly.