Try this assortment of online challenges by using your knowledge of everyday physics and your problem-solving skills. The aim is to get the ball in the goal, but there are lots of choices to make in getting the ball to move. Slide down the inclines, move the air with fans, heat water, use electromagnetic forces. The game explains what each “power” can do, and if you get stuck, there are hints to help you along. You can even create your own levels that you can play on your own, or send them to a friend as a challenge. These games are geared to middle-school and high-school students.http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad/launchball/
Commemorate the playing of the first college basketball game on this date in 1896. This short video from Ira Flatow’s Science Friday shows how physics affects your game. Listen to a physicist explain how to use the physics of spin to your advantage as you make foul shots, throw passes, and go for the basket. His explanation is certainly geared toward understanding physics, but the movie makes everything he says plain as day.