Snooker Nina and the Neurons


Snooker

Fun science for preschoolers. Nina investigates how we play snooker and experimenters Grace and Sultan meet a champion snooker player.


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# If you've got a question and you don't know where to go

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# Ask Nina for some help Cos she's got a science show

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# She makes sense of her senses While helping all her fans

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# By doing her experiments with potions and with bangs

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-# Touch your tongue

-Tongue

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-# Fingers

-Fingers

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-# Eyes

-Eyes

-Ears

-Ears

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-# Nose

-Nose

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# Nina and the Neurons find out what you need to know

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# Nina and the Neurons find out what you need to know

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# Luke he helps us with our eyes and Felix with our touch

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# Ollie sniffs out smells and scents and Belle she hears so much

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# Bud is Ollie's brother he helps us with our taste

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# They're Nina's little Neurons and they're coming to your place

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-# Touch your tongue

-Tongue

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-# Fingers

-Fingers

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-# Eyes

-Eyes

-Ears

-Ears

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-# Nose

-Nose

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# Nina and the Neurons find out what you need to know, yeah!

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# Nina and the Neurons find out what you need to know

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# Oh, yeah! #

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Click-click, click-click,

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click-click...

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Hello there! Oh!

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This is such a fun experiment.

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Look what happens when I do this.

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Hey. See the ball moves

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at the other end

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but the balls in the middle

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hardly move at all.

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It's brilliant, isn't it?

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BEEPING

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I hear a beep, I see a flash, I wonder what they're going to ask.

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-Hi, Nina.

-Hi.

-We've got a question for you.

-How do you play snooker?

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That's a great question - how do you play snooker?

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Snooker is a really fun game.

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It's all about moving balls around a table

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using a special stick called a cue.

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This can be trickier than it looks.

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Come down to my lab and we'll investigate.

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-See you soon, Nina, bye.

-Bye.

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I'll need help to answer this and I know just who to ask.

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OK, Neurons, time to get to work.

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ALL: Neurons at the ready, Nina.

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OK. Today's question is - how do you play snooker?

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Which Neuron will be most useful in helping us find the answer?

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ALL: Me! Me! Me! Oh, me!

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Will it be fabulous Felix?

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I can help so very much if you need the sense of touch.

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Will it be beautiful Belle?

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I send messages to brain from ear. If there's a sound, I'll help you hear.

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Will it be lovely Luke?

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For looking and seeing, day or night,

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I'll help you with your sense of sight.

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Will it be awesome Ollie?

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If it's pongy or whiffy but you can't tell,

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my messages help your sense of smell.

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Or will it be baby Bud?

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Sour, salty, bitter or sweet, I'm your taste buddy whenever you eat!

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It's Luke!

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CHANTING: Go, Luke! Go, Luke!

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Cool, Nina. I'll be looking out to help you!

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Today's question is - how do you play snooker?

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Because we need to see the snooker balls,

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Luke, our sight Neuron, will help us today. But stand by, Neurons.

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I have a feeling I may need help from all of you.

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I need to get the lab ready before the experimenters arrive.

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Sultan likes eating ice cream.

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Grace likes chatting with friends.

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I've seen snooker on TV.

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I like watching the coloured balls.

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But they both want to know - how do you play snooker?

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So today, for one day only, Sultan and Grace become the experimenters.

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-Hi, guys.

-Hi, Nina.

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Welcome to my lab and thank you for your question -

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how do you play snooker?

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To find out the answer, let's start by using our senses.

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ALL: Whoop whoo! A senses experiment! We're ready, Nina.

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First, take a look at this.

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Snooker is played on a big table

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and the players try to knock the coloured balls into the pockets

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by bumping them with the white ball.

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And the long stick they're using is called a snooker cue.

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And you score points by knocking the coloured balls into the pockets.

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Pockets? Like we get in our trousers, Nina?

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Yes, Bud, like the pockets we get in our trousers.

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The holes around the edges of the snooker table are called pockets.

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How do you get the balls to roll into the pockets?

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Let's get experimenting.

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So, Grace, if you roll the white ball down the chute

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and it bumps into the orange ball, what do you think will happen?

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The orange ball will move.

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Oh, you might be right. Let's see.

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Roll the white ball down there, go for it.

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Hey, well done.

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You were absolutely right.

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The orange ball moved because the white ball bumped into it

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and this shows us the balls can't move on their own.

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Something needs to start them moving.

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So when the white ball bumped into the orange ball,

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that movement was passed on and the orange ball moved

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and this is what happens in snooker.

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OK, Sultan, it's your turn next.

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-What do you think will happen this time?

-Both of the balls will move.

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Well, let's see. So if you want

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to roll the white ball.

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Hey, well done. You were absolutely right.

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So you started the white ball rolling

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and that movement passed on

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to the orange ball

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and then onto the yellow ball.

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Balls can't move themselves so we use a snooker cue.

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BELLE: The white ball bumps into coloured balls and moves them too.

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-LUKE:

-To score, you pot the coloured balls into the pockets.

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Well remembered, Neurons.

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How do you get the balls to go the right way?

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That's a brilliant question.

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The skill of snooker is getting the balls to move exactly where you want

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and, actually, I know a very funny experiment

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that we can do to find out more.

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Now, guys, you are in these fantastic special suits

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because you're going to pretend

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to be the white ball and the coloured ball in a snooker game.

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-So, how do they feel?

-Funny, Nina.

-Well, you look amazing.

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So, we're investigating how to make the balls go exactly where we want.

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To do this, we'll bump the white ball into the red ball

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on different sides to see where it goes.

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We'll do this safely and without anyone getting hurt

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because you guys have your special suits on.

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-Are you ready, experimenters?

-Yeah!

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So, Sultan, you're going to bump Grace, the red ball,

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in the middle for me, OK?

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Ready, steady, go!

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NINA LAUGHS

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CHEERING AND SHOUTING

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Well done, Sultan. So you bumped the red ball in the middle.

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Now, Grace, what direction did you move in?

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-I moved forwards, Nina.

-That's right.

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By hitting the ball straight on, you moved forward in a straight line.

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OK, Grace, it's your turn.

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Grace, you are now the white ball

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and I would like you to bump into the red ball on this side, OK?

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-Are you ready?

-Yes!

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Ready, steady, go!

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Hey.

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ALL: Yes!

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-What happened this time?

-I went that way, Nina.

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You did. The white ball bumped you on this side

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and made you go this way.

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OLLIE: So balls always move the opposite way

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to the side that's bumped.

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Let's take a trip to meet someone

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who's really got their eye on the ball. Off we go!

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OLLIE: Off we go, for another adventure.

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Yeah, we're going to meet someone who's got their eye on the ball.

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-Yes. Maybe a famous footballer.

-Or a tennis ace.

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We're here, Neurons.

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So, you asked - how do you play snooker?

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And so far we've found out the snooker balls stay still

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until they're bumped

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and they always move the opposite way to the side they're bumped on.

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-This is Dylan. Hi, Dylan.

-Hi, Dylan.

-Hi, everyone.

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Dylan's been playing snooker since he was just three years old

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and since then he's won lots of trophies and competitions.

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-He's very good, isn't he?

-Yes.

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Now, guys, what do you notice about the sides of the table?

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-They go up, like a little wall.

-Yes, well, the edges are called cushions.

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And they're raised so the balls stay on the table.

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And bouncing balls off the cushions

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is another way to move them into the pockets.

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But how would you know where to bounce them, Nina?

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Excellent question. I think Dylan can help us answer that.

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-Dylan, can you help us with an experiment?

-Of course.

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OK, we're going to try and get this pink snooker ball

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into this pocket here.

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These different coloured dots show three different paths

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that the ball could take.

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How do we know where on the cushion the ball should bounce off

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so it goes into the pocket?

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-So, which path should we try first?

-The blue one.

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The blue one.

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-Dylan, can you try hitting along the blue line for us?

-No problem.

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Oh, never mind. But let's try again, so which path shall we try now?

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The red one.

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Dylan, can you try hitting the ball along the red path for us, please?

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-Oh, no! It's missed again, Nina.

-I know, Bud.

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There's only the yellow path to try now, experimenters.

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So off you go, Dylan.

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Oh, well done!

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Yay! It worked. Thank you, Dylan, well done.

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I'm just going to continue these dots

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so we can see where the balls went.

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There we go.

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So when the ball

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followed the blue line,

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it bounced off the cushion

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in this direction

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and the direction that it bounced

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off the cushion is called an angle.

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The angle wasn't correct, so...

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..it missed the pocket.

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When the ball

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followed the red line

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it bounced off the cushion at that

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angle and also missed the pocket.

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It was the yellow angle

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that got it just right.

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It made the ball

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bounce off the cushion

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in just the right direction

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to go all the way into the pocket.

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In fact, it was so good, I think

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we should see it again. Dylan?

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-It's good.

-Yay!

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NINA LAUGHS

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What a great experiment.

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Snooker players can't play

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with stickers on the table

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so they need a lot of practice

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to work out where the balls will go.

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# Nina and the Neurons! #

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So, your question was - how do you play snooker?

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I think we've answered it.

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OLLIE: Snooker's played with a special stick called a cue.

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-LUKE:

-A white ball bumps a coloured ball into the pocket.

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-LUKE:

-Balls always move the opposite way to the side that's being bumped.

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-BUD:

-Balls can also bump off the sides into pockets.

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BELLE: As long as they bump in just the right place.

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-So, I hope that's answered your question.

-Thanks, Nina, bye.

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You're welcome, bye.

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If you want to know more about the science all around us,

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go to the Nina section on the CBeebies website. Have fun.

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On your marks, get set...

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Go!

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# If you're itching for some exercise

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# From your head down to your toes

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Toes!

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# Why not try out something new and give it a real go?

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Go!

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# Whenever you are restless and feeling kind of bored

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Bored!

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# Grab your friends and go outside and try a brand-new sport

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# Ooooooooh!

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# Spinning, throwing running, jumping

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# Lots of fun to do!

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# Cycling, diving sliding, rolling

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# It's really up to you

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Yoo-hoo!

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# If you're wondering how a swimmer swims or a bike can go so fast

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# Give it a bash and make it last

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# It's time to go get sporty

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And remember, whether it's inside, outside, on a bike, or in a pool

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we can all try something new and get sporty.

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See you again soon, bye.

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ALL: Bye!

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Get sporty!

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Super scientist Nina and her young Experimenters travel the UK in search of sporting wonders. With the help of Nina's five animated sense Neurons, they explain why sports people are so amazing and how we can all get out and get sporty.

Nina investigates how we play snooker - with the help of Luke, her sight neuron.

Experimenters Grace and Sultan visit Nina in her lab and discover that snooker is played on a big table and that the balls can't move on their own. Next, they do a funny experiment to find out how balls move when they bump into each other. Finally, they meet a champion snooker player to see how you get the balls to go the right way in snooker.


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