Students (Level: K-6th grade) connect running to STEM concepts in the following ways:
1. Why does running come “naturally”? Why don’t I need to think about how to run?: Students calculate how many steps they have taken in their lifetime and muscle memory is explained.
2. How did I learn to run?: Students demonstrate and explain the process they went through as babies to learn how to run.
3. How is my body engineered to run?: Students make muscle and knee joint models.
4. How does my body have the energy to run?: Connections are made with fuel needed by machines.
5. Why do I sweat? A hands-on activity is conducted to demonstrate how sweating cools down the body.
6. How does my body work with its surroundings to move?: Demonstrations and calculations are used to explain how Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion are connected to running.
7. Why do I need running shoes?: After some discussion, students have the opportunity to design their own running shoe.