TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (WCCO) — The great thing about snow tubing is you don’t have to be a great athlete to excel on a snow hill. But if you are striving for speed, it does help to know a little bit about science.READ MORE: Missing: William Terry, 60, Last Seen In Late November In St. Louis County
“It’s got a little math, it’s a little geometry, it’s a little physics and at the end they have a little fun too,” said Jack Van Soelen of Wild Mountain Ski and Snowboard in Taylors Falls.
Van Soelen is an expert on the science of snow tubing. On Wednesday, he took a group of junior high students from Da Vinci Academy in Blaine through a seven-step course that will teach them about friction, angles, energy and, probably the most important to them, speed.
The premise is to give students an idea of what it takes to fly down these hills.READ MORE: St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter Set To Tackle Ambitious Social Agenda In Second Term
“I learned that friction plays a very important part in snow tubing,” said seventh-grader Anthony Brown.
“Here I learned that the more tubes you connect together, the faster you go,” said sixth-grader Victor Krcma.
The students will take what they learned today and apply it to their physics class.MORE NEWS: Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary: St. Paul Vet Witnessed Attack Firsthand
WCCO-TV’s John Lauritsen Reports