Launched in 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball presented by Chase and Insight, is a series of programs and initiatives that promote the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The program provides a mechanism for elementary and middle school students to improve their academic performance. The goal is to translate the American love of baseball into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the science and mathematics underlying the sport.
This season-long program aims to engage and empower students with a university research-based curriculum, designed with College Professor and STEM Expert Ricardo Valerdi. To date, more than 9,000 students, 300 teachers, and 200 schools have participated in the program.
The objectives of this program are to promote STEM through classroom theory and practical applications of the sport of baseball. Through the D-backs Science of Baseball Program, over 15 lesson plans are executed through interactive principles of the game of baseball either as: (1) an after school program delivered by volunteers (e.g. coaches, scientists, engineers) in partnership with teachers and parents, or (2) a supplement to classroom activities in elementary schools or middle schools.
There are four objectives that drive the scope of the program:
Increase Student Awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fields as a Future Education and Career Option
Motive Students to Excel Despite Obstacles
Provide a Measurable Opportunity for Individual Transformation
Establish a Framework for Sustainable Change
Math and science topics covered in the curriculum directly support Common Core Standards by focusing on the National Science Education Standards defined by the National Academy of Science (NAP 2009).
The curriculum mixes classroom activities (demonstrations, films and clinics), athletic activities (drills, scrimmages and coaching), and take-home activities, "Baseball to Go", at the appropriate level for the targeted age groups. The missed mode of instruction promotes student engagement and addresses specific learning styles in each cohort (i.e. visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic).
The 2017 D-backs Science of Baseball STEM Showcase presented by Chase and Insight will take place on Friday, September 22 during the D-backs vs. Miami Marlins game. The annual event looks to build upon the success of the 2016 STEM Showcase that featured over 40 participants showcasing STEM projects and initiatives throughout the ballpark.
2016 STEM Showcase Video Recap
To learn more about the program or the STEM Showcase at Chase Field, please contact Dustin Payne at 602-462-6665 or email@example.com.
The D-backs are currently accepting applications for participation in the STEM Showcase in 2017. For more information or to apply, please contact Dustin Payne at 602-462-6665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inning of Giving
D-backs teach the teachers
Robot throws out first pitch
STEM Teacher Training Recap
Science of Baseball Lesson
To learn more about the STEM program, please contact Dustin Payne at 602-462-6665 or email@example.com.
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