Spring 2020 Science & Futbol Lecture Series

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Episkyros is a soccer education provider. We educate kids how to play better soccer in the pitches but we also teach them about the relation of soccer with all science disciplines and mathematics. We create round student-athletes.

In collaboration with the University of Central Florida (UCF), we offer a completely free series of four lectures on soccer and science for kids 10-15 years old.

On March 22, 2020, at 10 am – 12 pm.: The first lecture, entitled “Where is the talent?”, will investigate if soccer players are born or made. The talk will describe (in plain language) results from scientific research on cognitive psychology about the creation of elite soccer players.

On March 29, 2020, at 10 am – 12 pm.: The second lecture, entitled “Soccer ball design”, will explore the designs of the soccer balls and, in particular, the designs of the modern Adidas balls and highlight the connections with the mathematical polyhedra.

On April 5, 2020, at 10 am – 12 pm.: The third lecture, entitled “Social contagion”, discusses the relation between the spreading of infectious diseases and the behavior of soccer spectators.

On April 12, 2020, at 10 am – 12 pm.: The fourth lecture, entitled “mind games”, investigates the response of the brain in elite soccer players and explains why intense pressure to perform well often results in the opposite outcome.

The talks will take place in one of the most technologically advanced rooms of UCF, designed to advance student engagement and satisfaction. The exact location is: Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 350, UCF, Orlando, FL 32816.

RSVP is required on UCF’s site to reserve your seat: http://bit.ly/2V3Z8yx

Parents/guardians/chaperones are required to accompany the kids.

Science & Futbol Lecture Mini-Series

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Episkyros is a soccer education provider. We educate kids how to play better soccer in the pitches but we also teach them about the relation of soccer with all science disciplines and mathematics. We create round student-athletes.

In collaboration with the University of Central Florida (UCF), we offer a completely free mini-series of two lectures on soccer and science for kids 10-14 years old.

On November 16, 2019, at 10 am – 12 pm.: The first lecture, entitled “Get In Formation”, will use elementary graph theory (an area of mathematics) explained in plain language to evaluate team formations and decide on the most effective way to place the 11 players on the field.

On November 23, 2019, at 10 am – 12 pm.: The second lecture, entitled “Banana Kicks and Knuckleballs”, will present a short summary of the quest to understand the aerodynamics principles of the flying soccer ball and then explain how elite soccer players take advantage of these principles to beat the opponent’s walls and goalkeeper.

The talks will take place in one of the most technologically advanced rooms of UCF, designed to advance student engagement and satisfaction. The exact location is: Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 350, UCF, Orlando, FL 32816.

RSVP is required on UCF’s site to reserve your seat: http://bit.ly/2PSiT9J

Parents/guardians/chaperones are required to accompany the kids.

Be a Follower, Win an Autographed Book

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Episkyros is a soccer education provider created out of passion to provide soccer education and help kids become student-athletes. Teaching kids about soccer is our goal. We believe that soccer is art and we want kids also to see it as art. But this perfectionism is not our only plan. We want to help them advance in their education too. Our logo encapsulates our dual target with the latin phrase Mens Sana in Corpore Sano. Hence, in many occasions, we will relate soccer to educational activities and, especially science and mathematics. We aim to make kids understand that seemingly unrelated areas of human activity are actually related for those who understand the ideas at a deeper level. We will always strive for this knowledge at a deeper level.

As a first and small token of our dedication to education, here is our first offer: Become a follower of our website episkyros.org on WordPress and get the opportunity to win one of the following books autographed by its author.

The Fabric of Cosmos by Brian Greene
The Fabric of Cosmos by Brian Greene

To demonstrate our commitment to science: The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene. Learn by one of the world’s most famous popularizers of science the most recent developments about space and time of our universe.

Kate Mulgrew's memoir Born With Teeth
Kate Mulgrew’s memoir Born With Teeth

To demonstrate our commitment to support equal rights and voice between the two genders: Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew. Since the time she appeared as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, actress Kate Mulgrew has served as a role model for girls pursuing a career in science. You can read her story in her memoir the obstacles she faced with all her triumphs and her tragedies.

Visit episkyros.org and become a follower by June 10. If you do not see a link to follow, email us at EpiskyrosInfo@gmail.com and we will send you a personalized link. Current followers qualify automatically. Winners will be drawn on June 11. For transparency, if you win, you agree to allow Episkyros publish your first name and a photo of you with the book. It is your right to decline the publicity but if you do, we will offer the book to another follower.

Episkyros will announce more drawings in the future. Becoming and remaining a follower will qualify you for all additional drawings.