Join Rumble the Bison for a season-long adventure exploring science, math and more! Join Rumble the Bison for a season-long adventure exploring science, math and more!

Featured Activity: SPIN TO WIN

You have probably seen athletes spin basketballs and make them balance on their fingers. You may have even tried it yourself. Let's explore these kinds of movements.

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  • Program is open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes in Oklahoma
  • Monthly activities are posted October through March; winners are announced the following month
  • Participation each month is encouraged, but not required

HIGH FLYERS

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How high a basketball bounces affects a player’s ability to dribble and to control rebounds.

CONNECTIONS

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Let’s investigate how different surfaces affect the bounce of a basketball.

PERFECT SHOT

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Using catapults to investigate the trajectory – or curved path - a ball takes when it's thrown.

HANG VERTICAL!

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Exploring vertical jump heights.

PERFECT SHOT #2

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Most basketball players add backspin to the ball when they shoot. Does it really make a difference in their shot?

THINK FAST!

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Testing reaction times.

TO THE BANK

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There are many different types of shots that can be made in basketball. Let’s take a scientific look at two and discover the benefits of both!

GRIP AND SLIDE

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From staying put to running past the defense, we use friction a lot. Let’s investigate friction, and how it can give us a scientific advantage on the court!

NEED A LIFT?

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Sometimes a long pass from the defensive end can set up a great fast break. Let's investigate how science can assist with passing!

PRESSURE

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Everyone knows about the pressure that comes with taking that game winning shot, but the ball itself requires pressure, too.

GOOD HANDS

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Whether catching a quick pass or laying in a bucket, nimble hands are crucial in basketball. Let's investigate how they work.

GET VERTICAL

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More than in many other sports, jumping is essential in basketball.

SALT

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You have probably experienced the sting of salty sweat getting in your eye after some exercise or a game of basketball. Maybe you tasted salty sweat as it ran down your face and onto your lips. What’s salt got to do with us and our ability to play basketball?

LOUD CITY SOUND

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Thunder fans in Loud City are great at getting the noise and excitement levels way up! But what is sound exactly? What makes sound louder? Let’s do some experiments to see how sound waves work!

PASS THAT ION

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Whether you are washing your gym socks or crushing your thirst with a citrusy drink, you use acids and bases every day. What exactly is an acid or a base? How do we recognize them? Let’s experiment to find out.

WHICH SIDE?

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You probably know whether you’re right- or left-handed, but have you ever thought about whether you’re right- or left-footed? How could you find out? Try these experiments to see what you can discover!

HEART POUNDING

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Have you ever wondered why you feel a thumping in your neck and other parts of your body while playing basketball? Have you ever felt this sensation even after the game was over? Let’s investigate and find out why.

BOUNCE IT

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Have you ever wondered why a basketball is made the way it is? What are the advantages of its shape, size, and make up? Why are soccer balls or baseballs so different from basketballs, and do these differences matter? Experiment to discover these answers!

SPIN TO WIN

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You have probably seen athletes spin basketballs and make them balance on their fingers. You may have even tried it yourself. Let's explore these kinds of movements.

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