From big-air pirouettes to swifter, safer luge runs, engineering and science will be as much on display at the 2014 Winter Olympics as the athletes. Huge engineering projects also have transformed the seaside resort of Sochi, Russia, with new ice arenas and a fast train to the slopes. Your sports engineers will swoop down on this month's activity. Watch them go for the gold!
|Activity: Build a Bobsled Racer
Student teams in grades 3 to 8 learn about friction, forces, and the engineering design process by building and testing miniature bobsleds to see which can race down an icy slope either the fastest or slowest.
Chair Lift Challenge (Grades 3-12)
Grow a Crystal Snowflake (Grades 5-8)
The Luge (Grades 3-8)
Lessons & Activities for Winter (Grades K-12)
Grades K-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 9-12
Feature: Water Works
Rio de Janeiro is aiming to host the first Olympics with a zero-carbon footprint when the summer games kick off in 2016. Among the proposals under consideration is a Solar City Tower. Designed by a Swiss firm, it features a visually stunning energy-generating waterfall, solar panels, and turbines turned by seawater to generate electricity at night.
Engineering the London Olympics
Vancouver Hosts a Green Olympics
New Materials Let Athletes Run Like the Wind
|Spotlight: STEM at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Catch the high-tech action behind the high-performance gear and athletic feats at Sochi with the latest installment of the Emmy Award-winning "Science of Sports" video series from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn.
Million Women Mentors. -- A new effort aims to match 1 million female STEM professionals with women and girls aspiring to pursue STEM degrees and careers. Learn more.
Free Summer Science Program. -- Graduating high school seniors can apply by March 1 to represent their state at the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in W. Va. Learn more.
Engineering Tomorrow's Cities Contest. -- The 2014 Technology Students Association's Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Math, and Science (TEAMS) focuses on urban challenges. Learn more.
It's never too early to learn about engineering. Along with our 5th Edition magazine and classroom cards, Engineering, Go For It offers an engaging children's book in its collection of learning materials.
"If I Were an Engineer," from the American Society for Engineering Education, is a fun, 40-page rhyming book that introduces engineering to kids 5 to 8 years old. It includes a parent page that explains the various engineering disciplines.
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