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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 sports. 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!

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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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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. 

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Drop in and discover STEM as it relates to riding a skateboard. The Science Behind Skateboarding focuses on exploring the features and materials that make a compound machine (like a skateboard) so unique and highlights some cool technology used within the industry. You never know, your new understanding of physics might help you land the trick you’ve been working on!

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Let your knowledge of E-STEM make a splash while perfecting your paddle stroke. The Science Behind Paddling blends concepts of environmental and physical sciences as they related to whitewater and flatwater paddling.

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The Science Behind Archery gives you the tools to take aim on learning how principles of STEM can help you hit the bullseye! Discovering the science behind bows and arrows is not only fun, it can help you improve your accuracy on the range.

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