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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

May Edition of CAS Chronicle Now Available

CAS, Center for Academic Success, Sierra Vista AZThe May edition of the high school newspaper, The CAS Chronicle, is now available both at school and online. Click on the link here to read it or any of the other spring editions of the CAS newspaper. Thanks to the newspaper staff and advisor, Ms. Sarah Burton, for doing an excellent job with the paper this year.

May 14th, 2014 — CAS Semi-Annual Blood Drive

CAS Center for Academic Success, Blood Drive, SeniorsThe Center for Academic Success will host its fourth blood drive this year on May 14th, 2014, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Sierra Vista campus. The event is open to the public. Partnering with the American Red Cross, CAS participates in blood drives as an important way to foster community involvement in our students and to raise awareness for diseases which can be cured or abated with blood transfusions. In the past, CAS has been recognized by the American Red Cross for its outstanding participation in this critical-need area. To participate, please contact the high school office at 520-439-3500 and sign up for your appointment time. Walk-ins will also be accepted during the event as space allows. Please bring photo ID, blood donor card (if applicable) and be prepared to answer some minor medical questions. Students ages 16-18 may participate only with parental consent. Please download the consent form here. For more information about how to volunteer with the American Red Cross or ways blood donations save lives, please visit the local chapter’s website, here.

CAS Builder’s Club, Key Club Spend Saturday Giving Back

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Executive Director Jacob Carter shows students one of the therapy tortoises used for sensory therapy.

Volunteers from CAS Builders Club and Key Club (middle school and high school affiliates with Kiwanis Club) spent their Saturday, April 5th learning about the alternative therapies at TreeHouse Farm in Elgin, Arizona and assisting the facility with cleaning, maintenance, and yard work. The TreeHouse Farm provides sensory-relief therapies to children with serious chronic illnesses, wounded warriors, and their caretakers utilizing therapy animals, laughter yoga, and its serene setting. Students toured the facility with Executive Director Jacob Carter (pictured left) meeting many of the therapy animals. Later, students and Kiwanians split into groups which tackled different projects around the farm.

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TreeHouse Farm hosts a variety of animals (pig, pygmy goat, rabbits, ducks, turtles and tortoises, mules and horses) to provide a unique therapy experience.

Some weeded, while others cleaned. Additionally, members also worked with a companion charity — Beads of Courage — which provides commemorative beads to those reaching major medical milestones while battling illness. Volunteers packaged beads which will be later shipped globally to patients participating in the program. Thanks to all our student volunteers who joined in this activity, CAS Builders and Key Club directors, Ms. Garza and Mrs. Burton for organizing CAS’s participation and to TreeHouse Farm for hosting. To learn more about TreeHouse Farm or Beads of Courage, please visit their website http://treehousefarm.org. For more information about our parent organization, The Kiwanis Club, please visit: http://www.kiwanisclubofsierravista.com