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CAS Celebrates STEM Learning with Baseball Connection

CAS Students practice fielding and hitting after learning physics of baseball.

CAS Students practice fielding and hitting after learning physics of baseball.

The Center for Academic Success was excited to host the Arizona Diamondbacks street team on February 27th for its second-annual Science of Baseball spring training event.

Students in Kindergarten through eighth grades rotated through a series of teacher and baseball player led stations which combined the fun of America’s favorite pastime with hands-on physics and bio-mechanical study. Some stations included face painting, where students could get a baseball painted on their cheek, trajectory of flight, where students used blocks and rubber bands to send projectiles through the air with the goal of landing on paper plates worth varying amounts of points, and elasticity ball drop, where students predicted which of four different types of ball would bounce the highest based on its elasticity.

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Students launch small balls off wooden platforms cut a differing angles to envision trajectory.

Students also enjoyed testing trajectory of flight by launching rubber baseballs into the air with a large slingshot. This allowed students to field test how “pop-flies” and “line drives” result from a bat hitting a ball at differing angles. Further, they tested their base-running skills and the idea that a curved arch provides a faster route from home base to second than two straight lines would otherwise.

Earlier that week, students and teachers had reviewed the scientific topics of: trajectory of flight, elasticity, and angular momentum all within the context of baseball in motion. This culminating, hands-on activity provided a three-dimensional physics and mathematics lesson all while having a great time in the Arizona sunshine. The middle school dance team kicked-off the event with its first-ever performance to keep the mood celebratory.

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Face painting lends a fun atmosphere to the baseball-themed event.

The Science of Baseball is a year-long program for which CAS schools has partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to provide excellence in education coupled with fun, kinetic activities. Students in CAS middle school perform a series of baseball-related physics experiments as part of Friday electives to envision science and math learning in a new environment. For more information about this program, visit its website at: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/community/scienceofbaseball.jsp

Arizona Diamondbacks Come to CAS for Science of Baseball Spring Training

CAS, Science of Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks, Center for Academic SuccessCAS Sierra Vista is excited to host the Arizona Diamondbacks street team on Friday, February 27th from 3-5pm for our second-annual Science of Baseball spring training event. k-8 students will rotate through a series of teacher and baseball player led stations which combine the fun of America’s favorite pastime with hands-on physics and bio-mechanical study.  Topics covered will include: trajectory of flight, elasticity, and angular momentum all within the context of baseball in motion. To allow for maximum participation, middle school students will be released at 3:00 with elementary students. While parents are welcome at any time and may join their students in the fun, parents should allow for some extra time during after CARE pick up due to the high volume and traffic for this event. Parents on a very tight timeline are encouraged to pick up their students at 3:00 release or wait until the activity has concluded at 5pm. Students are highly encouraged to wear jeans or shorts and sneakers/athletic shoes for the event. We hope to see you there!

Arizona Daily Star Recognizes CAS’s Science of Baseball STEM Program

Image 12As part of the Center for Academic Success’ ongoing efforts to make all subjects accessible and fun for students, CAS partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks and The University of Arizona to present The Science of Baseball, a STEM program centering on science and math in baseball. The program, created by U of A associate professor Ricardo Valerdi, has already reached over 2,000 students, and CAS has been proud to integrate it into elementary and middle school math and science curriculums. Last May, CAS held a kick-off event with the Arizona Diamondbacks (see article on elementary and middle school pages) and continues to use sports and other real-world events to instill a love of learning these subjects. To read the full article by The Arizona Daily Star, please visit the link here.