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Event-Based Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an award-winning, standards-based program in which newsworthy events establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews, photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a desire to know more about those topics.

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Gold Medal!Gold Medal! is an Event-Based Science module about the human body. In it you will read the story of Wilma Rudolph and her battle to overcome the crippling effects of polio. You will join her in triumph at the 1960 Summer Games in Rome, Italy. And you will learn about the muscles, bones, and joints of your body.

The task in Gold Medal! turns your class into an advertising agency that specializes in producing combined educational/advertising campaigns for sports equipment manufacturers.

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Teams of 5 students work together. Each student designs educational materials for one sports-related company. To accomplish this task you first have to complete a series of science experiments that will give you the concepts you need.
As with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information you need is provided in Gold Medal!. To help you further, the section below contains a list of World-Wide Web sites where additional information about muscles, bones, joints, and sports is available. Point to and click on the highlighted words to be linked with anatomy and sports web pages.

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Links To Gold Medal! Related Web Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working on the date of the last update.)
  • Tools to Keep You Active This site provides free online tools to encourage you and your students to keep walking, running, or cycling. It includes an exercise log to help you track your mileage as you cross the United States.
  • Gray's Anatomy Bartleby.com has been adapting classic books for the web, and has just added the 20th Edition (1918) addition of Gray's Anatomy. Don't let the date of the edition fool you. This resource includes beautiful illustrations and is searchable by keyword.
  • Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, Vt.) won the first American gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Her picture is on the cover of the 2005 version of Gold Medal!
  • The Official Wilma Rudolph Website This site has a biography of Wilma Rudolph as well as videos, pictures and quotes.
  • Polio Learn more about polio at this site.
  • Bones, Joints, and Muscles The Merck Manual -- Second Home Edition Online Version.
  • What is Osteoporosis? Learn more about this bone-weakening disease at this site.
  • Gatorade Sports Science Institute This site provides the latest research and other information on the importance of fluids and hydration. Although the topic of fluids and hydration are not dealt with in Gold Medal!, they are appropriate concepts to add. Research shows that when athletes have lost 4% of their body mass through dehydration, their performance declines by 20 to 30 percent.

Wilma Rudolph

  • Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government and educational institutions. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals. 
  • NIDA - Initiative Targets Increasing Teen Use of Anabolic Steroids The non-medical use of anabolic/androgenic steroids among adolescents and young adults is of growing concern. As many as half a million Americans under age 18 may be abusing these drugs to improve athletic performance, appearance and self-image. Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that medically unsupervised steroids use may pose severe risks to physical and psychological health.
  • SuperTracker  By entering your age, sex, weight, height, and physical activity level, this tool will calculate your daily nutritional needs.
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  • Human Anatomy on Line Human Anatomy On-line, is a great site for interactive and educational views of the human body. This site contains over one hundred illustrations of the human body with animations and thousands of descriptive links. Human Anatomy On-line uses Java applets to show images and certain body parts. Java support must be enabled in your browser. If you can not view any images your browser does not have Java enabled.
  • The US Olympic Committee Is the official web site of the United States Olympic Committee
  • Here are direct links to the home pages of some of our On the Job Interviewees: Sports Illustrated for Kids, Wilson Sporting Goods, Gold's Gym, and Bally's Health Clubs.
  • Video - Wilma Rudolph winning a gold medal in thee 100 meter dash at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games


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