Badgers embrace the science of sports


Science of Badger Athletics

March 13, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- Student-athletes were on hand in to help fans learn the mechanics behind being a Badger at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery “Science of Badger Athletics” on Feb. 1.

Fans had the opportunity to explore a wide range of skills, from the velocity of a Joel Stave touchdown pass to the momentum behind rowing in an interactive setting.

The program featured UW-Madison scientists, joined by more than 50 student-athletes. Together, they helped Badgers fans understand the roles of engineering, physics, physiology, nutrition and biology in the world of sports.

Student-athletes spent their time at different stations with names such as Acid Breath, Football Cannon and Sports in Space. They helped fans investigate activities that ranged from testing aerodynamics and lung capacity to finding out nervous system reaction times.

The event, hosted by Discovery Outreach, was also a great way to showcase the Badgers’ athletic and academic abilities.

“It was a great experience for us as athletes to get involved with the community as well as the academic side of campus,” said Kodee Williams, a midfielder on the UW soccer team. “I learned a lot and ended up wanting to participate myself.”

Williams loved interacting with fans at her station, “Fuzzy or Smooth,” which taught children about how a ball moves at different speeds depending on the surface, “fuzzy” versus “smooth.”

“Connecting our sports with science was a great way to get the kids and student-athletes together and interested in science,” Williams said.

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