Game Day STEM 6/21: Pole Vaulting!

Game Day STEM 6/21: Pole Vaulting!

Today, students continued to explore the important role that physics plays in sports.  They also investigated how potential and kinetic energy plays a role in pole vaulting. After collecting data, students hypothesized the optimal conditions for a vault, and using an online simulation, they were able to test some of these hypotheses by changing various factors that affect pole vaulting (speed of vaulter, height of bar, etc.).

Ask your student: Is there an optimal amount of flexibility in the pole that would be best for the vaulter? Which factor had the biggest effect on whether or not the vaulter cleared the bar?

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