Chicago Science in the City 

Students explore science.

November 17, 2008

In October, CPS students spent a day learning how science is at the core of every element of sports at the third annual Chicago Science in the City event.


The City of Chicago hosted Chicago Science in the City, in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools, Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago. The one-day interactive and hands-on event was from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 18, at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St.


The goal of Chicago Science in the City is to capture students' interest and show them how exciting science can be.


A few of the more than 30 fun activities offered were:


  • Gummi Bear Long Jump: A partnership of CPS and Science Olympiad, this hands-on activity taught students about the physics behind projectile motion.
  • Play Ball on Mars: Lead scientists from Discovery Communications educated students on how to play ball on another planet, master their center of gravity and leverage their own strength.
  • May the Force Be With You: Students experienced emerging technologies used by the United States Olympic Committee's Performance Services Division, including the force plate, accelerometer, K-Motion sensor and StroMotion, done within the Dartfish program.
  • Swim Like Mike: Students watched underwater video of gold medal swimming techniques and learned from USA Swimming how Olympians, like Michael Phelps, use different types of technology to improve their times and win medals.


Students attending Chicago Science in the City received a "passport" that encouraged them to visit all of the interactive zones throughout the event. Zone organizers "stamped" student passports, after students engaged in activities, demonstrations and lectures offered at each zone. Students showed completed passports at the Chicago 2016 booth for a special take-away.


CPS encouraged science and physical education teachers to discuss the event with students and to provide extra credit for students who attended Chicago Science in the City. CPS also encouraged schools to use the event as an organized school field trip, and offered Continuing Professional Development Units for teachers who attended the event.


A number of Olympians and Paralympians also attended.


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