Learning STEM from Basketball: Why Does a Basketball Bounce? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!

Learning STEM from Basketball: Why Does a Basketball Bounce? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!

by Marne Ventura
Learning STEM from Basketball: Why Does a Basketball Bounce? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!

Learning STEM from Basketball: Why Does a Basketball Bounce? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!

by Marne Ventura

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Overview

Get your sports-loving kid excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

By integrating the thrill of learning into the context of basketball, Learning STEM from Basketball presents an educational slam dunk. Unleash the inner scientist, engineer, and mathematician in your child as they learn that sports and STEM aren't so separate after all. You'll both love finding out the answers to questions such as: 
 
  • Why does a basketball bounce?
  • What's a shot clock?
  • Why does a basketball rim have a net?
  • What's the math behind a free throw?
  • And so much more!


This easy-to-follow introduction to STEM topics sets kids up to make connections across subjects, discover new facts about basketball, and grow curious about academic fields! 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510757011
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Series: STEM Sports
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 449,918
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

Marne Ventura is the author of more than seventy books for children, including fiction, nonfiction, and educational content as well as magazine stories for children in Highlights for Children, Fun for Kidz, Boy's Quest, and Spider. She is the owner of Ventura Educational Systems, which creates educational technology and instructional software apps for K–12 schools, colleges, and government training facilities. She is an experienced classroom teacher for all subjects grades K–7, psycho-motor program, and gifted education. Ventura holds a masters degree in reading and language development from the University of California. As a seminar leader she has assisted many teachers in learning about the educational opportunities that can be derived from the use of technology. She resides in Nipomo, California. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Swish! ix

Chapter 1 The Spectacular Science of the Sport

Why does a basketball bounce? 1

Why do players jump when they shoot? 3

What is hang time? 5

What's muscle memory? 7

How does gravity affect a pass? 9

Chapter 2 Tremendous Technology Tidbits

When were electronic scoreboards invented? 11

What's a smart basketball? 12

How does technology make basketball more fun for fans? 15

Why are there cameras in the rafters of NBA arenas? 17

How do referees use technology? 19

Chapter 3 Engineering Awesome Equipment

What are basketballs made of? 21

What's a breakaway rim? 23

Why does a basketball rim have a net? 25

Why do basketball courts have wood floors? 27

How have basketball shoes changed over the years? 29

Chapter 5 Math Mysteries Solved

What's the best angle for a shot? 31

Are all basketball courts the same size? 33

What statistics do basketball players use? 34

Why is a shot clock 24 seconds long? 37

How much money do pro basketball players earn? 39

Glossary 41

Books and Websites for Further Reading 43

About the Author 44

Endnotes 45

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