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Metric in Sports: Olympic Educational Activities

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The Olympic Games is an international sports festival that brings together the world’s athletes in the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. Explore these educational resources to learn how metric measurements are used within these athletic events.

Mini-Metric Olympics Activity

Go for the Gold! The AIMS Education Foundation's "Mini Metric Olympics" site provides activities for estimating and measuring in metric units. The site provides activities for estimating and measuring in metric units. The Mini-Metric Olympics activities include score sheets, badges, and directions for the Paper Plate Discus, Paper Straw Javelin, Cotton Ball Shot Put, Right Handed Marble Grab, Left-handed Sponge Squeeze, and the all time favorite, Big Foot Contest. The site also includes a brief background on the Olympic Symbol, History of Ancient Games, Olympic Motto, Olympic Flame, and Modern Olympic Games. Originally published in Math and Science: A Solution by AIMS Education Foundation (1987, ISBN-13: 978-1881431060, ISBN-10: 1881431061).

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Sports and Olympic Games Coloring Pages

Download and print sports and Olympic games coloring pages suitable for toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten. Activities provided by First-School Preschool and Crafts.




Medal Math

Flex your math skills by solving Winter Olympic word problems by Education World.



Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports

This educational video series was developed in partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering, NBC Learn, and NBC Sports for the 2012 London Games.

  • Designing Safety Helmets - For many athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics, safety helmets will be an essential part of their athletic gear
  • Maximizing the Long Jump of Bryan Clay - The long jump is one of the most technically challenging events in the decathlon, a track and field competition consisting of 10 events held over two days.
  • Measuring a Champion - Timing is everything, especially at the 2012 Summer Olympics where even a millisecond could mean the difference between victory and defeat.

The Olympic Motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”)

The Olympic Museum provides historic information and teacher resources.


Created January 13, 2010, Updated July 24, 2023