The Winter Olympics presents a great opportunity to work some science lessons into your students’ interest in a current event. The National Science Foundation offers a YouTube playlist of sixteen videos on the science of Winter Olympics events. These short videos teach lessons on the physics and engineering behind the events we see on television. That playlist is embedded below.
The playlist above is comprised of videos from 2010. The is a set of updated videos for 2014. The 2014 videos are available on the National Science Foundation website. My favorite video is this one about the engineering of the bobsled used by the U.S. team. Each of the videos is accompanied by an investigation guide / lesson guide for teachers.