Science of NHL hockey: hockey geometry

World's largest hockey stick.Although science and math seem to go hand-in-hand, many of us have trouble incorporating math concepts in our science instruction. Hockey Geometry, produced by NBC Learn in partnership with NSF will give you a hand! From the passes NHL players make to their teammates, to the shots they take to score, players in every position are constantly using geometry when playing the game.

This lesson package will cause students to look at playing fields in a whole new way. Use it as a springboard for students to analyze surfaces, packages, and other objects for geometry principles. Or use it to engage students in angles and reflection as you begin studying optics.

Now it’s possible that your BFF is a math teacher or you need to repay a favor to your math teammate. If so, share this link and you’ll get a VBG in return! And once you (or they) view the video and try the lessons, be sure to let us know what you think.

—Judy Elgin Jensen

Photo of world’s largest real hockey stick by Jenni Konrad


“Hockey Geometry,” examines the lines, angles and curves on the ice as well as the geometry involved in playing shots.

Middle school lesson: In this lesson, students use manipulatives to explore the geometry of hockey and make connections to optics.

High school lesson: In this lesson, students begin by exploring geometry concepts and move into basic trigonometry applications.

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