Categories: John Drazan, News and Events, Science of Athletic Performance
Fellows John Drazan and David Hughes collaborated on a STEM activity for an audience of approximately 100 as part of the Black and Puetro Rican Youth Summit. The event was called “Science of the Slam: Big Dunks with Big Data” and was co-hosted by 4th Family Inc. 10 student volunteers from the 3Helix after school program assisted in collecting data using 4 vernier force plates. Force-time data was collected for over 30 student participants in order to find the most athletic students to take part in an onstage dunk contest on a small hoop. The impulse momentum theorem was used to calculate the predicted jump height based on the forces recorded using the force plates.
Unfortunately, this was the first time that we had done this activity and the identifying codes for the students got mixed up and we were unable to use the data at the time of the presentation. The event was still successful however and all the volunteers got a lot of experience using the equipment. The audience was very responsive to the dunk contest, we will certainly be doing this event again.