The Science of Sport is a non-for-profit foundation dedicated to developing curriculum and programming that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Our curricula are designed as in-school exercises that can be delivered by teachers or as after school programs that can be delivered by parents, coaches, and volunteers. The focus on middle school students is motivated by the fact that this age group can still be influenced to make academic choices that will help them transition from primary to secondary education. Our mission is summarized and sustained through the application of “TEAM” sports.
To implement the most comprehensive and engaging K-12 STEM curriculum in schools across the globe, and serve as an optimal method of fan development in all major sports.
Why Use Sports To Teach STEM?
Kinesthetic learning/embedded cognition
The curriculum provided a reason and opportunity for all content area teachers to collaborate on a common theme and topic. It gave our school and faculty a safe opportunity to explore STEM instruction. Teachers became more open to the process of planning cross curricular lessons because of the lessons and resources provided. Most importantly, the supplies like nets, pitching machines, and sling shots got teachers excited to try new lessons.Ms. O’Keeffe, 8th Grade Science
The program provided hands-on activities that hit home with their interest in Baseball. Even the students new to baseball engaged in the activities and enjoying learning about the rules, players, and the science/math behind it. The curriculum incorporated having fun with meaningful, grade-level appropriate activities at the end of the school year. This kept students engaged and motivated to learn right up to the last week of school.Ms. Reeder, 7th Grade Science
Some of our students never get a chance to attend a camp or visit downtown Dallas. They were very excited to attend the [Dallas Mavericks Science of Basketball] camp and they came back to school and told everyone about the great time they had. Thanks!Falecia, K-5 Physical Education
This [Dallas Mavericks Science of Basketball] camp provides students a chance to experience something exciting and positive. Great atmosphere.Ms. Jackson, 6th Grade Science
The Dallas Mavericks Science of Basketball Student Camp was a wonderful and educational experience for our students. They were actively engaged on interesting, educational, and fun stations. The students learned concepts ranging from force and motion to wingspan verses height. They also got to rub elbows with some players. It doesn’t get better then that!!! These students will remember this experience for years to come.Angel, 5th Grade Math and Science
All of our students were very engaged because the lessons are interactive and hands on. When the [Dallas Mavericks Science of Basketball] camp started they thought that they were only playing, but then they realized that they were learning math and science. Thank you Mavericks for supporting STEM, and letting our students met their heroes!!!Mr. Quezada, 4th Grade Science
Everything was amazing! This [Dallas Mavericks Science of Basketball] camp is a great way to bring back the LOVE for learning!Mrs. Vazquez, 5th Grade Bilingual Math
The opportunity for the students to correlate science with a sport they enjoy brightens their mind and enables them to navigate a little easier in the classroom.Tina, 4th-8th Grade
In my unit on Force and Motion, I use the information to demonstrate how force can be applied through the transfer of energy from the bat to the ball. Students connect with the sport of baseball and can better appreciate the lessons that go with my Force unit.Craig, 5th Grade Science
The boys in my class have “woken up” in math and are much more interested. They try and guess what “baseball connection” we will make next!Mandy, 6th Grade Science
Student interest and engagement in sports and the Arizona Diamondbacks are high, and connecting math/science to sports is a great way to engage students in these topics. The students love anything that connects their “outside the school world” to our classroom learning, and when it’s fun and interesting they will continue to pursue the topics. Hopefully their passions with sports will help them connect with the school curriculum of math/science/reading and make learning lots more fun!Janice, 4th-6th Gifted Specialist
The students are very excited to see what happens next. They knew that science and math are everywhere but they never realized how much there are in sports/games. They [students] are identifying other areas they “see” science and math in their hobbies and sports.AnnMarie, Middle School Math & Science
The kit and differentiated binder with lessons aligned to common core are absolutely the best! I took the class right before my students took their state standardized tests. Typically, after these tests, the kids will check out and it becomes difficult to maintain engagement consistently – especially with some of my boys. However, this program not only increased engagement and participation, but it decreased my behavior issues in the class and the kids were so excited to come to class and learn. At one point, I overheard one boy tell his friend that they “weren’t learning”, they were just “doing baseball”. The funny thing was that in the process of “doing baseball” (over the course of 4 weeks), they wrote three reports, used technology to research and did a myriad of other things mathematical & reading related on top of being able to learn and actually play a few games of baseball outside. It’s amazing the perspective that kids have to “learning” when it’s put in a fun, engaging way. Thanks so much for this class! I’ve told all my friends about it!Science of Baseball Customer
Materials and venue were awesome. The delivery was phenomenal- great experience overall. Coming into today, I truly knew minimal of the sport. I have learned a whole lot. I feel 100% more confident in the knowledge gained and I’m very excited to try all this in my classroom.SOS Customer, 6th Grade Teacher