Throughout the ballpark this Friday, fans will be able to visit interactive exhibits and meet with experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Several of the exhibits will be operated by STEM club students, teachers and families who will receive complimentary tickets from Chase. Volunteers from Chase and Insight will be distributing STEM Showcase maps at the gates and a robot created by students will be used for the Pepsi T-shirt Toss.
"We are excited to once again feature the amazing STEM projects that youth across the state have created through the Science of Baseball Program," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "Last year's projects and displays were very impressive and we look forward to seeing even more innovation and creativity on display. The future of Arizona depends on our youth and the Science of Baseball program and STEM showcase and we are thrilled to work with our corporate partners Chase and Insight to invest in an area that will have a major impact for generations to come."
Students at the game will receive a workbook that allows them to learn STEM concepts in a fun and engaging way, including the science behind scoring, baseball statistics, geometry of the field, trajectory of a ball flight, engineering of the Chase Field retractable roof and the time it takes to cool the ballpark to its game time temperature of 78 degrees.
"STEM education is a powerful tool that is necessary to prepare young minds for the future," said Chase Middle Market Manager Curtis Reed. "We are proud to partner with the D-backs and Insight to help our youth show up to the workforce ready to succeed in the competitive jobs that will strengthen our economy."
"Insight is very proud to team up with the Arizona Diamondbacks and once again sponsor the STEM program," said Ken Lamneck, president and CEO of Insight Enterprises. "One of Insight's core values is supporting the communities we live in. Through this program, we are able to connect teachers with intelligent technology to help classrooms run smarter and inspire students to engage with cutting edge technology to enhance their daily learning experience."
Launched in 2013, the objective of the program is to promote STEM through classroom theory and practical applications of the sport of baseball. A university research-based curriculum was created that includes fifteen lesson plans that get kids engaged through interactive principles of the game of baseball. Taught by Science of Baseball Founder, University of Arizona Professor Ricardo Valerdi and engineering students, the curriculum will include classroom activities (demonstrations, films and clinics), athletic activities (drills, scrimmages and coaching) and take-home activities at the appropriate level for the targeted age groups.
This season, the D-backs Science of Baseball team has hosted STEM camps for teachers and students, with more scheduled before the end of the year. For more information, visit dbacks.com/scienceofbaseball.
Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Chase STEM Grant Recipients
Name of School Town Program/Project
Alhambra Elementary School District Phoenix STEM Saturdays
Bogle Junior High Chandler Print Your Creation
Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School Tucson Feeding the Future City
Bret R. Tarver Elementary School Phoenix Computer Lab
East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa Robotic Engineering
Fourth Avenue Junior High School Yuma Butterfly Garden
St. John Bosco Catholic School Phoenix Math Centers
Sweetwater Community School Phoenix Solar and Wind Power and Sustainable Homes
Western Valley Middle School Phoenix Robotics
Westwood High School Mesa Western Robotics