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STEM Activity: The Big Game

Check out this STEM sports activity for sports and science fans alike. Use the story of game-changing inventor and National Inventors Hall of Fame®Inductee Stan Honey to help you create your own game or sports invention!

Materials Needed

  • Football (or other sports ball)
  • Recyclables and other objects from around the home
  • Scissors
  • Tape

At-Home and Classroom Instructions

Get ready for the next big game by inventing your own sports accessory or a whole new game! Start by grabbing a football, recyclables and other objects from your home or classroom. How might you create a new game or sports accessory that can bring the action to the viewers? Can you think of a whole new game? Or maybe a way to transform your favorite sport with new ways to score points on the field? Brainstorm ideas with your family or friends. Then, play like a champion! After giving your new game or invention a try, rethink your innovation to see if there are additional ways you can improve your idea to make it even more useful and fun.


Become inspired by NIHF Inductee Stan Honey, who forever changed how the game of football is watched by inventing the Virtual Yellow 1st & Ten® line. Now found in almost every football game, the digitally superimposed yellow line has been hailed as one of the most important developments in sports broadcast technology since the debut of instant replay in 1963. Stan Honey improved the viewing experience of millions of sports fans by allowing viewers to get in on the action!

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