September is a great time to enjoy a game of football and brush up on school subjects! While we’re waiting for the lovely fall weather, why not take a look at these ways STEM subjects face-off with football?

Register for our Homeschool Thursday: STEM for the football program on Thursday September 16th at 2pm via Zoom. This program is perfect for at-home learners ages 5 to 18. Don’t forget to pick up the safety helmet design challenge kit from Main Library this week! Register for the program here!

Want to know more? Here is a sneak peek of what we’ll be covering at Homeschool Thursday:

Neuroscience and nose tackles:

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when an external force disrupts the brain’s normal function. The brain’s tissue is the consistency of firm Jello, and it is suspended in protective cerebrospinal fluid. Often, the fluid acts like a cushion that absorbs, bumps, and keeps the brain from striking the inside of the skull. A hard impact on the football field is just one of many ways a human being can suffer a concussion, where a force jolts the brain back and forth inside an intact skull and wounds the tissue. The results of a concussion depend on what area of the brain is injured by the impact. Drawing the lobes of the brain on an egg creates a three-dimensional visualization. In the safe helmet design challenge kit, kids design a helmet for the Kansas City Chiefs, make it out of the craft supplies provided, test it two ways and evaluate the results.

Motion and man coverage:

Sir Isaac Newton lived a long time ago, so what do his laws of motion have to do with football? When an offensive player moves the ball down the field, he is opposed by a defensive player. Both players are sprinting with velocity and acceleration to make the play or shut it down! Even the slightest change in trajectory alters the ways their forces could meet and interact with each other. When their forces collide, one of them won’t be staying in motion for long! We’ll be running through some examples during the Homeschool Thursday program on September 16th at 2 p.m. via Zoom.

Pythagorean plays:

The shortest distance between the Chiefs and the end zone is a straight line, but what fun would that be? Wide receivers make the great plays look effortless, and the crowd goes wild for a perfectly completed last-minute pass. How far do they run to make that happen? How did the quarterback know precisely how to throw the ball so it reached the wide receiver’s hands at the right moment? The answer is practice. The answer is also math, lots of it!

We hope to see you this Thursday, Sept 16th at 2pm at our Homeschool Thursday program! Join us as we pull back the curtain of football strategy with to look at the STEM behind the game!