I love the Olympics–talk about an interdisciplinary event! Theatrics, costumes, sport, science, art, international themes, history…a brain popcorn extravaganza if ever I saw one.
To get you in shape for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic celebrations and competitions, here are links to gear up your brain!
Official Websites of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics
Official Site of the Vancouver Olympics, including a fun interdisciplinary nod to native legends and local ecology with the three kid-friendly mascots, Quatchi, Miga, and Sumi. Have to admit that Miga is my favorite — how can you not love a ‘sea bear?’ Part orca, part endangered Kermode ‘spirit bear’, and relentlessly adorable.
70 Years of Olympic History, from the Washington Post’s coverage of the ’98 Nagano Games
Science of Sport
Winter Olympics Sport and Science from Montana State University
Ice is Nice
Olympic Ice is Different in a Frozen Light from NASA. Very cool photography in this one.
##Current News!## Scientists Keep Water Liquid Far Below Zero Degrees from NPR, reported Feb. 5
Clever snow conservation going on in Vancouver these weeks running up to the games… Spinning Straw into Snow from CNET
Do Try this at Home*
For those who find it too cold to climb trees this season, try some House Gymnastics. Or at least enjoy the pictures of people hanging precariously in their stairways.
*maybe. Some of these activities are a little dubious on the safety-meter. Clamber over furniture, etc. at your own risk!
Coming up next…
Having fun with bobsled/bobsleigh and other things with runners — links and activities!