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Someone put each of these on a machine and squished them. Which one do you think will break first?
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Check out what happens! Scientists test sports equipment like this to make sure they won’t break in a game!
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This is a factory where people make a certain kind of sports equipment. Can you figure out what?
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These are hockey pucks! They’re made using rubber that gets cut and pressed into shape.
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When basketball players started doing slam dunks, they sometimes broke the entire hoop! This was dangerous!
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People had to invent a new type of basketball rim that wouldn’t break! Any ideas for what they could invent?
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They invented rims that can be pulled down and spring back up! Now the whole hoop won't break!
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Check it out! When you bounce a ball, the ball jiggles and flattens out a little—but it springs back to normal…
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But if you hit it harder—whoa—the ball flattens out! Do you think a golf ball would flatten out when hit? Why?
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Here’s one hitting steel! That’s crazy—even though golf balls are harder than tennis balls, they still flatten out!
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What do you think is inside a golf ball? Is the inside hard, soft, something else? Why do you think that?
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There’s rubber inside! BUT golf balls actually used to look different inside. Can you guess how?
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Whoa! They used to use strips of rubber, like rubber bands! Rubber is so springy that it explodes out.
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