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Science of Snowboarding -- The Science of the Olympic Winter Games (Encore)


The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, so it's a great time to look back at this science of snowboarding video made for the 2010 Olympics.

The stakes are high for the snowboarders in Vancouver as they try to master new tricks to unseat the star of Torino, American Shaun White. But to get "max air" off the half-pipe without losing their balance, they might want to check out this experiment that Paul Doherty, a senior scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, cooked up, using a skateboard and a glass of water.

Original air date: January 12, 2012

Credit: NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

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