Science of the Winter Olympics

NBC Learn has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to produce Science of the Olympic Winter Games, a 16-part video series that explores the science behind individual Olympic events.

Science of the Winter Olympics: Snowboarding

To get "max air" off the half-pipe without losing their balance, snowboarders might want to check out this experiment that Paul Doherty, a senior scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, cooked up, using a skateboard and a glass of water.

Science of the Winter Olympics: Air Lift

U.S. hopefuls Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong, along with NSF-funded scientists Paul Doherty, and physicist George Tuthill explain the principles of physics that are used to get high scores in the long jumps.