Sportsometry® is an educational research and enrichment program that aims to improve student's cognitive reasoning and spatial abilities. It works by utilizing athletics to help students to develop math and science skills while enhancing their athletic abilities and confidence.
Sportsometry® is an instructional program based on the idea that athletics can improve a student's ability to understand certain math concepts. For example, regardless of whether students learn to throw a bounce pass at the age of four or fourteen, they are certainly not contemplating the connection between a 45-degree angle of the ball and their teammate. Instead, they just want to get the ball to their teammate and into the basket!
Professor Howard Gardner refers to Sportsometry® in his speech at the 2007 World Conference on Science and Technology Education, as well as his book entitled Multiple Intelligences New Horizons. Gardner reviews the principal ideas in the theory of multiple intelligences, the major changes that have occurred over the past 25 years, and his expectations about future research and applications.
Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education. To read an excerpt from the book, click here.
Physics to the Pros?
“Can studying the laws of physics help you be a better basketball player? It might help you find the best angle for your jump shot. U.S. Naval Academy professor John Fontanella, the author of The Physics of Basketball, offers his insights.”
- Copyright © 2007 National Public Radio
To hear the full NPR story on the Physics of Basketball, click here.
How IT WOrks
Sportsometry® provides educational services under license to client schools and other agencies to work with their students in an after school program. Our services include educational classes and programs that teach mathematics, physics and related cognitive skills using sports. The students participate in an after school, three phase program. Each phase includes 5 sessions designed by our Educational Consultant to draw connections between various sports and age-appropriate math topics such as spatial relationships, probability, angles and statistics.
How WE IMPACT THE COMMUNITY
Unfortunately physical education is no longer a standard part of many schools’ curricula. Sportsometry® not only illustrates the relationship between mathematics and sports, but also puts physical education back into a student’s daily routine. As we also know, athletics programs help to maintain student fitness and health, as well as strengthen relationships and conflict resolution skills among students.
Why we Are Unique
Educational research shows that learning anything in more than one way will allow the student to develop a stronger grasp of the material. For example, players inherently use specific skills, and math concepts, on the court when playing one on one basketball. However, if the number of players shifts to two teams of five players, they will be using the same skills but in a different way, without even realizing it.
Not only is playing a sport part of every session, but as the year progresses the connections between the sports and the topics become more complex, and each phase builds on the last. Just as with varying circumstances in a basketball game, if a golfer hits a straight drive down the center of the fairway, the angle of that exact same shot can be easily altered if hit with an eight iron (as a student sees in phase 2) or even more so if hit into the wind with the same club (as a student sees in phase 3). So the topics themselves may not change entirely, but they will certainly become more challenging!