- When you decide to buy new sneakers, what are the most important features you look for?
- Why are basketball sneakers usually made of leather?
- What would you do to prepare to run a marathon?
- How is a wind tunnel a useful tool for scientists studying the performance of a sneaker?
- Why can jogging, or even walking, with the wrong kind of shoes contribute to a knee injury?
- How are computers useful in the process of designing new sneakers?
- What is the most crucial quality to look for if you need a good pair of sneakers to run the 100-meter dash? How do those sneakers compare with those needed to play tennis?
- Give three reasons why sneaker science has become a significant field of research.
- Why does Seth Kinley think style should not be your first priority when choosing what to wear on your feet?
- What are some major differences between the footwear needs of a woman and of a man?
- If you wanted to buy your grandmother a pair of shoes for her birthday, what kind would you get her? Why?
- Scientists use treadmills and other types of equipment to study and compare sneakers. If you were a scientist and wanted to study the performance of several different automobiles, what kinds of equipment would you need in your laboratory?
- Along with shoes, what clothing is important for a runner’s performance? What issues should be taken into account when designing shirts and pants for runners?
- If you were writing this article about sneakers, what kind of research would you do? Who else might you interview?
- Think of a sport you like to play. What qualities do you think are important for succeeding in that sport?
- What kinds of experiments can you develop to test the design of a pair of running shoes?
- Standard shoe sizes are not always accurate or complete enough to make sure a shoe fits properly. Make a list of variables that need to be taken into account to create a more precise shoe measurement.
- If you were to run a 5-mile race in 45 minutes, what would your average speed be in miles per hour?
- Emily ran the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 40 minutes. What was her average speed?