Dow STEM Ambassadors Bring the Science of Sport to the Special Olympics Delaware

- June 28, 2016 -

At the 2016 Summer Games of the Special Olympics Delaware, more than 50 Dow STEM Ambassadors engaged athletes and unified partners in an exploration of the science behind sports. Dow STEM Ambassadors made the Summer Game’s Olympic Village a memorable and educational experience for all attendees, continuing a 20-plus year tradition of supporting the Special Olympics Delaware.

On Friday morning prior to the athletic competitions, Dow STEM Ambassadors engaged attendees in educational activities and demonstrations. Dow’s Olympic Village event space featured hands-on activities from the Philadelphia Science Festival, including the following:

  • Build your own luge: This activity gave participants the ability to experience the effects of structure on speed, as attendees constructed their own luge sleds and took them for a test ride on a mini track.
  • Science of gear ratios: Through this hand-on demonstration, attendees learned about gear ratios by testing out the difference between low and high gears.
  • Athletic surfaces demonstration: By rolling balls down various athletic surfaces, attendees were able to learn about friction and how fast balls can travel along different surfaces.

“Dow STEM Ambassadors enjoyed capturing the interests of athletes with activities that helped them understand the science behind some of their favorite sports,” said Larry Tricarico, Inventory Data Manager at the Newark Site. “Our volunteers worked hard to make the 46th annual Summer Games one of the highlights of the year for athletes, families, friends and their communities.”

More than 660 athletes and 102 unified partners from across the state had the opportunity to compete in aquatics, bocce, power lifting, softball, tennis and track & field. More than 1,000 volunteers from the community and corporate sponsors, including Dow, helped make an impact by bringing athletic competition and educational exploration to this tremendous two-day event.