Extra Credit Projects
As a juggler in High School I found some fun ways to take advantage of my unusual skills. When I had to memorize a speech for English I did a demonstration of juggling. Later I translated the same speech into Spanish for an assignment in my Spanish class. When I needed to boost my grade in math I got permission to demonstrate permutations and combinations using cigar boxes for extra credit.
Here are some ways that you can use the Science of Juggling to boost your grades and you don't even need to be a juggler!
The History of Juggling.
Juggling has a rich history going back 4000 years. There were jugglers in ancient Egypt and Greece, during the Renaissance, and through Vaudeville.
Report on any of the greatest jugglers in history. Some of them are: Enrico Rastelli, Francis Brunn, Trixie LaRue, Jenny Jaeger, Sergei Ignatov, Kris Kremo, Bob Bramson, and Anthony Gatto.
All About Juggling
Can you juggle? Share what you know with your class with a live demonstration!
Science Fair Projects
Juggling and other games of skill all follow the laws of motion and physics, so to be the best you need to know all that you can about science to get a winning edge over the competition. Even toys like tops and yo-yos use physics for fun. Try a science project about the physics and forces behind your favorite game or sport! How do the laws of gravity, friction, or Newton's laws of Motion factor in? What about air resistance or buoyancy? How can you use physics to be better at your game?
Even music needs science to happen. What are the scientific principals that let instruments make the sounds that they do?
The Learning Project
How long does it take to learn a new alphabet? or a new skill? Can you learn better by studying 10 minutes a day for a week or by studying all night just before a test?
Experiment with your brain! Make a prediction and measure your progress as you learn something new. Try to learn the Greek Alphabet, 100 digits of pi, or the table of the elements. For a different challenge, learn to juggle, learn yo-yo or kendama tricks, or improve your skill at free throws.
How much does practice pay off? What is the most efficient way to practice?