July 14, 2024
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Scientific research for Wimbledon

Wimbledon has started and tennis fans in the UK are very excited so I thought I would take the opportunity to share some lovely things. Ideas for scientific research in tennis.

These simple activities are great for outdoor learning and work well at home or school.

Simple tennis-themed science experiments

Tennis Ball Catapult

First is our Fantastic tennis ball catapultGreat for backyard tennis fun. Try using different sized balls and catapults to investigate how the distance and trajectory of the balls change.

Ask a friend to hit the ball with a racket to increase the challenge.

Large catapult made from gardening sticks

Why do balls bounce?

Discover Why do balls bounce? With a simple scientific investigation on a tennis ball. The free instructions also include a handy results table.

Scientific research on tennis-themed bouncing ball

Wimbledon Sandwiches

Strawberries and cream

Wimbledon always makes me think of strawberries and cream. Melting chocolate and dipping strawberries in it is a delicious way to learn about state changes.

Chocolate Strawberries

Eton disaster

Discover how egg white is transformed when beaten to make a meringue to accompany strawberries.

As an extra challenge, try my knocking down merengue towersThese are a great take on the traditional Eton Mess.

Meringue towers for a fun science experiment in the kitchen


Wimbledon is famous for its rain! A homemade rain gauge is a simple science activity and is ideal for making observations over time.

How does exercise affect the body?

Find out what's wrong with your heart rate after exercise with easy research.

Tennis-themed exercise science and heart rate activity

Other ideas

Can you bowl with tennis balls? Is it easier to knock down pins if you throw the balls really hard? Does a windy day make it harder to knock down pins?

Can you set up a giant tennis ball maze in a difficult spot or make one out of cardboard? You could try blowing the balls through a straw.

Test your Reaction time using a rulerCan you improve your reaction time with practice?

Can you think of any more tennis science ideas for us?

Last updated on July 7, 2024 by Emma Vanstone

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