PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has added the STEM Dugout, presented by Resolution Copper, in the upper concourse rotunda for kids visiting Chase Field to learn about baseball’s inclusion of science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM Dugout will allow kids to learn STEM-related facts, play baseball-themed games and take photos within the D-backs dugout next to Manager Torey Lovullo.
Throughout the season, various STEM groups, such as robotics teams and STEM non-profits, will create interactive opportunities for teachers and kids to learn more about their respective STEM-based programs. Kids and teachers will be able to learn about the D-backs Science of Baseball program and how they can bring the program to their classroom. D-backs Science of Baseball staff will be on hand every game to answer questions and help with the interactive area.
This Saturday, July 20, D-backs Science of Baseball staff members will provide the opportunity for fans to participate in interactive STEM-related activities including catching baseball cards to calculate fielding percentage and using mini slingshots to demonstrate the ideal angle to hit a home run.
Launched in 2013, the D-backs Science of Baseball, presented by Chase and Insight, is a series of programs and initiatives that promote the importance of STEM and its goal to translate the American love of baseball into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the science and mathematics underlying the sport. The program works to train elementary and middle school teachers and provide a university research-based curriculum that engages and empowers students. The curriculum and training, designed with College Professor and STEM Expert Ricardo Valerdi, is provided free of charge thanks to a charitable contribution from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Chase and Insight. To date, more than 13,000 students, 400 teachers, and 300 schools have participated in the program.
This is the first time the D-backs and Resolution Cooper have teamed up and will work together on future community projects. For more information about the D-backs STEM Dugout and D-backs Science of Baseball program, visit dbacks.com/STEM.