Showing posts with label sports history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sports history. Show all posts

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Evolution of the Zamboni

Disclaimer: it might be a stretch to call this post educational. It's more of a sports trivia post than anything else. 

It's Stanley Cup playoff time and even though the Bruins just got eliminated and my childhood team, the Whalers, abandoned me like a bad prom date long ago one thing remains the same, the Zamboni cheers for no one. While flipping through Sports Illustrated last night I learned that the 10,000th Zamboni rolled-off the assembly line last week. To celebrate this achievement the Zamboni company released a time-lapse video of its production. I couldn't find that video but I did a poster on the evolution of the Zamboni and some images and a video about how it works.

Applications for Education
If you have students that are passionate hockey fans, you could grab their attention with a short science lesson about refrigeration and ice.

And if you're looking to make your own Zamboni, Red Green has a tutorial for you.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

This Day in Sports History - Miracle on Ice

This morning the YouTube blog reminded me that today, February 22, is the 29th anniversary of the US Olympic Hockey Team's upset victory over the Soviet Union. A quick search of YouTube for videos about that game yielded numerous videos. Below are a couple of good ones.

The last 15 seconds of the game and the famous "do you believe in miracles?" call by Al Michaels.

A ten minute montage video including game footage, game audio, and background information about the significance of the game.

Applications for Education
These videos as well as the movie Miracle are good resources to complement a study of the Cold War. Students that might not otherwise be engaged in studying the Cold War may become interested when sports are added into the discussion.