Education Technology

Science: Science TODAY™ - Clearing the Bar
by USA TODAY Education

Published on March 11, 2005

Overview

Students will explore the effects of two critical physical factors on potential success in the pole vault event in track and field.

Key Steps

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    Women are shorter with a lower center of gravity. What difference does this make in pole vaulting?









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    If students are willing to sprint and be timed, their possible pole vault height is calculated with a formula, so that females can be compared with males.









    Note: TODAY is a trademark of USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co., Inc.