Experience design | Workshops

Center of Attention

Center of Attention is an workshop combining physics principles and sports fundamentals to encourage multi-disciplinary learning.

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Partnership

Columbia Secondary School Cheerleading Squad, NYC

 
 
 
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The Problem

School subjects are siloed into "subject areas", but the topics covered are inherently multi-disciplinary.

 
 
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The Opportunity

Physics has a reputation for being challenging, but movements from sports can build a greater understanding of physics and an understanding of physics can improve technique.

 
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The Solution

 

A handstand workshop was designed to visualize the physics concept of center of mass to help achieve balance in handstands.

 
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the experience  |  march 25, 2017

 
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Project Details

 

COM can be thought of as the balance point. Locating the COM on the body can be useful for achieving balancing postures.

 
 
 

A reference chart for human body weight distributions was applied to the equation for center of mass to locate each individual's balance point. Using the standard equation for center of mass the equation 20(d-x) = 50x was derived for the workshop.

 
 
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Participants were provided with a worksheet outlining the steps as well as the physics principles and calculations.

 
 
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Prototyping and Testing

 
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