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Welcome to the WVU Science Behind the Sport homepage. To learn more about each sport, please visit the links below.

Zipline Riders holding a banner for the Science Behind Zip Lines.

The Science Behind Zip Line 

Not only is riding a zip line fun, it can be educational as well. Using a few basic equations, a rider can predict their maximum velocity on a zip line even before riding it. The Science of Riding a Zip Line website will help you understand the science and engineering principles related to calculating your maximum speed while riding a zip line.



Observers watch a bike rider demonstrate the pedal power.

The Science Behind Cycling 

Whether you are sitting on the saddle for the first time, a daily commuter, an elite cyclist, or somewhere in between understanding the science behind the sport can deepen your passion for riding. The information within our website represents the application of STEM principles based around one of the greatest inventions of all time, the bicycle!



Sharing rock climbing principles in a mobile climbing wall.

The Science Behind Rock Climbing 

The Science Behind Rock Climbing will hoist your STEM knowledge to new heights.​ This website covers a variety of rock climbing topics ranging from exploring how engineering concepts relate to ropes and other climbing gear to discussions on human anatomy, geology, and everything in between.