4. Ice Hockey + Chemistry
With the 2018 Winter Olympics quickly approaching, using an ice-based activity in the mix of sports and STEM lesson planning is perfect! Building upon a solid student understanding of solids, liquids, and gases, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) presents a lesson plan that will help kids study the relationship between matter, molecular motion, and temperature. In “Putting the Ice in Hockey,” students will review chemistry concepts that influence the design of ice-hockey rinks, equipment, and the different needs of athletes in this sport compared to figure skaters. Teachers will then assign questions relating to the chemistry involved in ice hockey through which students will reveal their understanding of these concepts. If teaching this lesson during the Olympics – February 14-25, 2018 – be sure to include Team USA Hockey’s social handle @usahockey and hashtags #PyeongChang2018 and #TeamUSA to show support!