Before the game Dante Lauretta, current professor of planetary science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Professor Lauretta, an expert in near-Earth asteroid formation and evolution, is the leader of NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return mission which launched Sept. 8, 2016.
Introduced in 2013, the objective of the D-backs Science of Baseball 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. Before the game, Chase volunteers will be on site to hand out t-shirts while Chase and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will present 10 STEM clubs and teachers with a $2,500 grant to support their projects, totaling $25,000. The list of recipients can be found below.
Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Chase STEM Grant Recipients
Name of School Town Program/Project
Bales Elementary School Buckeye Family Math Nights
Cactus High School Peoria Robotics
Hillcrest Middle School Glendale STEM Action Labs
Johnson Elementary School Mesa Engineering Design with Robotics
Keller Elementary School Mesa Science Camp
Mountain Sky Middle School Phoenix Lego Robotics Investigations
P.T. Coe Elementary School Phoenix Ninas Con Destino Robotics
Red Mountain High School Mesa Plasma Robotics
Sierra Middle School Tucson Science Labs
Tavan Elementary School Phoenix Tavan STEAM Academy Technology
"The Science of Baseball Night is a fun event that sparks students' interest in STEM education, and we're excited to partner with the Diamondbacks for this program," said Noreen Bishop, Market Manager for JP Morgan Private Bank in Arizona. The innovation and creativity in the exhibits are a testament to the value of engaging students early in STEM education and supporting programs that will support the critical thinkers of our future workforce."
"Connecting students, teachers and administrators to technology to inspire tomorrow's leaders is something our entire organization takes to heart," said Amy Protexter, vice president of marketing for Insight. "Our support of the D-backs Science of Baseball program is one of the many ways we demonstrate that commitment."