Sat, Feb 19 – Exploring the Science of Exercise and Sports @ USOPM

Part Day [8 am – 12:30 pm – NEW TIME] 0.25 sem hrs / 3.75 contact hours – In Person


Presenters: Robin Walters, Science (Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, Biology) at Sand Creek High School

United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum Staff

Join us at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum (USOPM) to explore the science of exercise and the science behind the Olympics and Paralympics. Our morning will start with a powerful Anatomy & Physiology lab experience that will allow you to ask a scientific question, collect and analyze your data, and answer your scientific question. The experience will provide an implementable application of phenomenon-based teaching and the use of 3D learning. Then you will be given some resources to frame your exploration of the USOPM using a “science” lens. You will have about 90 minutes to explore the museum before meeting up to debrief your findings, possibly win a fabulous door prize, and complete your evaluation. Light breakfast items will be available at the start of the day. Parking options will be shared in an email, but do expect to have to pay for parking. The cost of the museum and light break and door prizes is covered by PALS through funding by Jim Mikkelson himself, the Mikkelson Foundation, and the USAFA STEM Outreach Program. Participation is limited for this event. Priority will be given to current classroom secondary science teachers as needed. Do register at your earliest convenience AND be sure to cancel if you need to with as much advanced notice as possible. 

Tentative Agenda

8:00 am – Event begins – Check in, Breakfast items catered, networking

8:15 am – Introductions, Administrivia (SS, NH)

8:20 am – Session 1:  What happens to our bodies when we exercise? Exploring the science behind exercise. (RW)

10:20am – Overview of USOPM visit (SS, NH)

10:30 – Visit the USOPM 

12pm – Debrief museum visits, Evaluations, Door Prizes

12:30pm – Event concludes (Participants may stay to explore the museum more.)


Due to current COVID-19 best practices the size of this particular hub meeting is limited to 32 participants. 

Because PALS mission is focused on current secondary science teachers, these teachers will receive priority when signing up for this workshop. When you register for this hub meeting, you will be asked to state your current status as a science teacher. Options include:

  • Current Secondary Science Teacher (MS or HS) with science classes assigned for the coming school year
  • Current Elementary Science Teacher with science class(es) assigned for the coming school year
  • Secondary Science Teacher – Unemployed? Retired? Subbing? – not currently employed and/or assigned to teach science classes
  • Other Teacher – Unemployed? Retired? Subbing? – not currently employed and/or assigned to teach science classes

About 1 week  in advance of the workshop, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your participation.  If you do not respond in the affirmative, you will be removed from the list and your spot will be given to the next eligible teacher on the waiting list.