STEM in Sports

STEM is the hottest buzzword in education as a technology-driven future will be created by students learning science, technology, engineering, and math. But STEM is not just for labs or think tanks, it's for sports, too! In this series, explore the ever-expanding connections between STEM and sports. Digital playbooks, high-tech fitness gear, analytics that build championship teams, new stadiums using the latest design innovations, and much more. See how top pro and college teams--along with weekend athletes--are using the advances in STEM to further their games.

Hardcover

ISBN 978-1-4222-3230-9
$95.80
4 volumes
2015
12+
7th+
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Sports is a perennially popular topic among students, but it's much more than just game play and athletics. The STEM in Sports series persuasively emphasizes the myriad ways STEM fields are at work in the world of sports, in everything from the grass on the field to the cameras in the sky monitoring the goal line. Among many other topics, Engineering covers architecture innovations, such as a stadium roof design that amplifies the roar of the crowd to record-breaking levels. In Math, the author explains the importance of numbers, from the basic arithmetic in scorekeeping to the deep sea of statistics at the heart of fantasy sports. Science provides information not just on sports medicine and nutrition but also innovations in prosthetics and materials for safer equipment. Technology features plenty of gear, but it's the changes to sports play brought about by instant-replay cameras and the Internet that will really hit home for most students. Each entry closes with a chapter that poses critical questions about the impact of these advances in sports, considering everything from fairness to health to economics. Though there are several places where information repeats, the splashy layouts, plentiful photos of a diverse array of both sports and athletes, inviting tone, and fascinating facts make this series a great entry point to STEM for sports-loving students.--Sarah Hunter
Booklist
These fascinating titles examine innovations in scientific fields that "are giving...athletes a wide array of tools to improve performance and success." The books cover engineering advances such as lightweight shirts and safer equipment as well as high-tech sports stadiums and scientific breakthroughs that include preventing and rehabilitating player injuries, designing prosthetics, and creating new guidelines for training and nutrition. Most innovations are cast in a favorable light, such as Math's description of Sabermetrics, the stats-based analysis pioneered by Bill James that's now used in many sports. However, the authors also highlight concerns: commercial interests drive many new developments and may tip the scale in favor of wealthy athletes or teams. Readers are encouraged to think through these issues through text-dependent questions and suggestions for research projects. Sidebars and color photos are an additional plus. VERDICT Great resources for report writers and fans alike.
School Library Journal
STEM in Sports: Engineering
by Tim Newcomb

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You can't play sports without a place to play. Inside, find out how engineers are changing the way people view and play sports around the world. Read how talented engineers are becoming all-stars by creating arenas and stadiums that thrill fans. Check out advances in engineering that are changing how athletes dress and coaches coach. From the giant size of stadiums to the micro-engineering of uniform fabric, from 3-D printing of running shoes to growing grass indoors, engineers find themselves atop the victory stand over and over again. The entire STEM in SPORTS series tells the story of how science, technology, engineering, and math are not just an exciting and innovative part of education, but also part of the winning formula for success in sports. In this series, find out how these fields of study are hard at work on the fields of play.

STEM in Sports: Math
by James Buckley Jr.

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In sports, 2 + 2 now equals winning. In this book, explore the many relationships between mathematics and sports. Start with the obvious--uniform numbers and stats--and continue with high-level analytics that are changing how teams are formed and how games are played. Math can make a basketball player more accurate and a football coach more successful. Knowing the numbers can make an everyday athlete more efficient and turn a racing team into a champion. Count it up: Math in sports is Number One! The entire STEM in SPORTS series tells the story of how science, technology, engineering, and math are not just an exciting and innovative part of education, but also part of the winning formula for success in sports. In this series, find out how these fields of study are hard at work on the fields of play.

STEM in Sports: Science
by Jim Gigliotti

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Science and sports are coming together to create winning teams around the world, and this book tells that story. Read how scientists are making sports safer and easier to play; how engineers are creating ways for disabled athletes to excel; and how nutritionists are using science to change the way athletes eat to win. From auto racing to baseball, from football to soccer, science has become as big a part of sports as wins and losses. The entire STEM in SPORTS series tells the story of how science, technology, engineering, and math are not just an exciting and innovative part of education, but also part of the winning formula for success in sports. In this series, find out how these fields of study are hard at work on the fields of play.

STEM in Sports: Technology
by James Buckley Jr.

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Technology is revolutionizing sports around the world; find out how inside. Wearable tech is turning athletes into walking computers. Stadium video technology is ending debates caused by official decisions. Personal video devices are changing the way we view sports, on land and in the air. From basketballs that talk back to social media that lets athletes talk back, too, technology and sports have become a winning team. The entire STEM in SPORTS series tells the story of how science, technology, engineering, and math are not just an exciting and innovative part of education, but also part of the winning formula for success in sports. In this series, find out how these fields of study are hard at work on the fields of play.




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