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The Science Behind the Sport

The WVU Science Behind the Sport makes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) real for K-12 youth. We've developed a series of educational programs that demonstrate fundamental principles in the context of adventure activities like cycling, zip lining, and rock climbing. Using an outdoor classroom and focusing on hands-and feet-on demonstrations to actively engage participants creates a unique opportunity to get youth excited about science!

Science Behind

zip lining

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 Behind Zip Lining will help you understand the science and engineering principles related to calculating your maximum speed while riding a zip line. 

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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 info within our website represents the application of STEM principles based around one of the greatest inventions of all time, the bicycle!

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Science Behind

rock climbing

The Science Behind Rock Climbing will hoist your STEM knowledge to new heights.​ We cover 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. 

Learn about the Science Behind Rock Climbing