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STEM in Sports!

People have used advances in science and math to make sports safer for athletes. Science, technology, engineering and math are known as STEM - and STEM has a big impact on every sport that's played.


In the 1970s, scientists at Adidas came up with the classic black and white design for the World Cup soccer ball. (Adidas has made every World Cup ball since.) The well-inflated, nearly perfect sphere with a strong outside covering made for a good soccer ball.The pattern of black and white shapes helped players follow the the ball as it traveled down the field.

Soccer cleats are engineered to provide the best possible traction and directional control. There are different types of cleats for different weather types, such as slippery conditions, hard fields and turf. Cleats were originally made with calf or cow leather. Later they were made out of kangaroo leather because it would stretch and fit better to the player’s foot, giving better control. Cleats weigh about 7 ounces.

In today's STEM In Sports!, learn more about how science plays a big role in soccer!

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