The Science Behind Track and Field

Behind every long stride, high-flying pole vault, and perfectly controlled discus throw, science is at work. As a high jumper takes off, potential energy is converted into kinetic energy. A discus thrower builds up momentum while spinning. Find out how science is involved in Olympic track and field events and how athletes take science into account in their quest for the gold medal.


By Lisa J. Amstutz

Capstone Press, 2016

Grades 3-4

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Photos abound in this STEM-ready Summer Olympics series. Critical thinking questions at the end of each volume give them that one-two Common Core punch. The many textual asides on the photo-laden pages include ample information for burgeoning athletes who really want to know how physics plays into sports. Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion, the crux of the most commonly known physics concepts, feature heavily in every book. The titles that focus on a specific sport or arena (Swimming) are stronger than the potpourri style of Soccer. All in all, these are great interdisciplinary reads. VERDICT A recommended first purchase for libraries looking to engage sports lovers in STEM topics.  - School Library Journal

© 2019 by Lisa Amstutz

Header image by Maria Luisa Di Gravio © by Albert Whitman & Company

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