Physical Science

Unit 1: Energy and Motion

Unit Project 2

Project Type: Technology
Students will examine, sketch, or do rubbings of a variety of soles of shoes. Then, they will research and draw conclusions about how the different treads affect the friction between the shoe and the ground. They will create a brochure showing five different shoes treads with an explanation about how each type of sole might suit a shoe to a particular activity or environmental condition. In their Science Journal, they will analyze how today's technology has made advancements in shoe design, sports, and safety possible.

Alternative Procedure:
Have students create a comic book of the potential risks associated with wearing the wrong type of shoe during a sports activity. Ask them to write a brief explanation of the motion, forces, and energy involved with each injury.

Visit these sites for more information about shoe design, sports, and safety.


Hands and Feet

History of Sports Shoes

Why Golf Shoes have Spikes

Physics of Racing Flats and Spikes

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