STEM Cafe to discuss physics of hockey

January 31, 2018 GMT

DeKALB – Why is a hockey puck black and frozen before the game? How does the angle of a hockey stick affect lift? How does the design of an ice skate affect a player’s performance?

These are some of the questions to be addressed during Northern Illinois University’s STEM Cafe discussion Thursday, which will seek to illustrate basic physics concepts using the sport of hockey.

Michael Eads, associate professor in the NIU Department of Physics, will lead the free discussion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant, 214 E. Lincoln Highway.

“A big part of physics is mechanics, which is the study of moving objects,” Eads said. “Hockey certainly has plenty of moving objects. Much of the game, as well as its equipment and strategy, can be better understood with an understanding of basic physics principles.”


NIU STEM Cafe events aim to increase public awareness of the role science, technology, engineering and math play in everyday life.

For information, call NIU STEM Cafe coordinator Judith Dymond at 815-753-4751 or email her at jdymond@niu.edu.