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In America, the autumn season means two things--back to school and back to football. To celebrate both events, NBC News' educational arm, NBC Learn, is teamed up with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Football League (NFL) to release this informative 10-part video series that explores the science behind America's most beloved sport. Made especially for students and teachers as they head back to the classroom, these videos are aligned to lesson plans and national state education standards, and also are available to the public cost-free on www.NBCLearn.com and www.science360.gov. This collaboration between NBC Learn and the NSF uses the universal appeal of football to drive an understanding of complicated scientific concepts. Students and teachers will see how the principles of science enable players to perform actions such as throwing a spiraled pass, blocking an opponent and scoring a touchdown. Current players and retirees participated in the video series. For each segment in the series, an NSF-supported scientist explains the selected scientific principle, while NFL athletes describe how these principles apply to their respective positions. Series scientists supported by NSF are: University of Florida aerospace engineer Tony Schmitz, Clemson University mechanical engineer John Ziegert, University of Maryland physicist Sylvester (Jim) Gates and Bryn Mawr College mathematician Rhonda Hughes. Also participating in the series are two scientists from the University of Connecticut, kinesiologist Douglas Casa and nutritionist Nancy Rodriguez. Lesson plans to accompany the videos are available at Lessonopoly.org.
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