Divers compete individually or as part of a two-person team (synchronized).
Canada’s female divers are some of the best in the world, but they’ll have to fend off some fierce competition from their Mexican rivals. At the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games, Canada came in second in the total medal count with two silver and two bronze. Their Mexican rivals came out on top with eight gold, three silver and one bronze medal, while the U.S. came third with two silver and one bronze.
*taken from http://www.toronto2015.org/diving. Click link to learn more.
Challenge #1: Construct a diving board or platform
- You may use classroom materials (e.g., glue, craft sticks, cardboard, paper, etc).
- The tower must withstand external forces such as wind (to be tested by a fan).
- It must support a "diver" with a mass of 500 g.
Be prepared to communicate your design decisions.
If you are unfamiliar with springboards, watch the following video:
In our class, we do not have materials like acrylic, fiberglass, a mould, or a high powered oven so you will need to be creative! Even though the materials may differ, you may use some of the strategies mentioned in the video to strengthen your springboard.
*Adapted from Cisco iCanLearn "Discover Science Throught Sport" curriculum.