Inside The Bills

Fred talks football science to inspire students

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on November 25, 2013 – 9:37 am

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Last Thursday, approximately 60 lucky local students from Western New York Pop Warner and Girls Inc. had the opportunity to go inside Fred Jackson’s head to learn the secrets to his success as a running back for the Buffalo Bills. Jackson demonstrated that science plays a large role in the game of football including his velocity, acceleration, momentum, cut angles and more. The event was part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM in Sports campaign designed to get young people excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through their interest in sports.

“I had a blast with the kids today and it was rewarding to see them grasp concepts like physics and kinetics once it was demonstrated through the game of football,” said Jackson. “These subjects are important to their future, and Time Warner Cable’s STEM in Sports campaign is a great way to get kids excited about science.”

Joining Jackson on the field were Dr. Kenneth Snyder, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Neurology at the University at Buffalo and Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, Medical Director, DENT Neurologic Institute. Snyder and Mechtler discussed the role of the brain in football, specifically as it relates to movement, what happens to the brain during a tackle and the safe way to tackle during the game. The students then had the opportunity to put science in motion by participating in running back and quarterback challenges led by Jackson.

“Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative is committed to inspiring young people to become the next generation of problem solvers by connecting them to the wonders of STEM,” said Terence Rafferty, regional vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable. “It’s great to partner with the Buffalo Bills to bring our STEM in Sports program to life and show kids how a love of sports can relate to a passion for math and science.”

In an effort to inspire students to get involved in science and math off the field, Time Warner Cable offers a robust library of engaging STEM in Sports activities and parent/educator learning guides that marry STEM principles to football, basketball, golf and racing.  Visit www.connectamillionminds.com to access these free resources and to view videos of professional athletes discussing how STEM subjects impact their sports performance.

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