Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball Presented by Chase and Insight

The Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball presented by Chase and Insight launched in 2013 as a series of programs and initiatives that promote the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The curriculum and training for Arizona elementary and middle school teachers is offered free of charge thanks to a charitable contribution from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Chase, and Insight.

 

Objective:

Translate the American love of baseball into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the science and mathematics underlying the sport.

Program Details:

  • Development of the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball curriculum for 3rd – 8th grade levels which included 25 lessons that focused on different STEM concepts.
  • Hosted multiple Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball teacher trainings for teachers from across Arizona.
  • Provided an Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball kit for every teacher.
  • Developed a web portal that included all of the lessons, worksheets and additional resources for teachers to use in the classroom.
  • Developed a planning packet that included 15 Diamondbacks themed projects.
  • Supported the student showcase in which schools attended a Diamondbacks game to discuss projects on the concourse and participate in activities.
  • Provided an evaluation and assessment for those teachers who attended the workshop.

Impact:

Through the support from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Chase, and Insight, we were able to have the following impact through the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball Program:

  • More than 13,000 students
  • More than 400 teachers
  • More than 300 schools have participated in the program.

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2017 Teacher Workshops:

Arizona teachers got to spend a day at Chase Field before the game to attend an Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball Teacher Workshop where they all received the full Science of Baseball curriculum as well as a kit containing all the materials they need to bring Science of Baseball to life in their classroom. Not only did the teachers learn the curriculum, but they got to explore Chase Field and do some of the activities that their students will be doing at school.

 

2017 Student Camps:

Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball hosted a Student Camp of 50 South Mountain Little Leaguers at Chase Field. Students spent the morning in the clubhouse learning STEM concepts through baseball examples, ate lunch in the stands, and put their morning learning to work on the field with the help of the Dbacks Baseball Academy coaches. Students won prizes for participation and initiative and got to go home with a bat and ball set, a Science of Baseball t-shirt, and a new mindset about math and science!

 

Curriculum Contents:

Lesson 1 – Baseball Positions

Students learn the defensive and offensive positions on the field as well as the different areas of the field.

Lesson 2 – Favorite Baseball Player

Students will research the birthplace of their favorite baseball player, measure the distance from their home to their team’s stadium, track their performance during a 1-week period, and describe how good the player is relative to his teammates and players in the same position on other teams.

Lesson 3 – Scoring

Students learn the basics of scoring.

Lesson 4 – Strike Zone

Students learn how to measure their strike zone.

Lesson 5 – Baseball Statistics

Students learn about mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records (i.e., sabermetrics) by analyzing data on baseball cards.  This includes offensive (batting average, slugging percentage, etc.), defensive (fielding percentage, errors, etc.), and pitching statistics (ERA, WHIP, etc.).

Lesson 6 – Baseball Field Geometry

Students explore the dimensions of the baseball field such as distances between home plate and the pitching mound, location of foul lines and foul poles, and various angles within the infield associated with successful batting.

Lesson 7 – Nutrition for Peak Performance

Students learn the basic food groups and the relationship between a healthy diet and athletic performance.  Students also learn how to read food labels and identify daily values for various food components such as fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, fiber, sodium, protein, etc.

Lesson 8 – Physiology

Students will learn the relationship between activity levels and heart rate.  This will expose them to the broader topic of physiology, namely the connection between exercise level and heart rate.

Lesson 9 – Biomechanics

Students learn about the musculoskeletal system and its role in providing form, support, stability, and movement.  Special emphasis is placed on the shoulder tendons and their rotational limits during throwing motion.  Students also learn about the center of mass and how it changes during swinging and throwing movements.

Lesson 10 – Batter Reaction Time

Students learn how much time batters have to react to pitches at different speeds and from different distances.

Lesson 11 – Fielding Percentage

Students learn how to measure fielding percentage by catching baseball cards.  Special emphasis is placed on the role of hand-eye coordination and its influence on fielding abilities.

Lesson 12 – Trajectory of Ball Flight

Students explore the effects of different angles of trajectory on the flight distance of a baseball.  The role of angles, velocity, and spin are taken into account.  Environmental conditions such as weather, temperature, and altitude are also considered.

Lesson 13 – Elasticity

Students explore the physical properties of materials (e.g., baseballs, softballs, tennis balls) and their interactions to external forces (e.g., bats, gloves).  The effects of gravity and surfaces are analyzed to understand the expected behavior of a ball in play.

Lesson 14 – Weight Shifting

Students will learn how to shift their weight to generate power when hitting and throwing.  Simple measurements of weight distribution (using scales) will help illustrate the amount of weight needed to maximize angular velocity.

Lesson 15 – Base Running

Students explore the effects of angular momentum in the context of base running.

Lesson 16 – Data Visualization

Students visualize large amounts of data and draw conclusions based on the statistical distributions.  Data include heat maps of strike zones and spray charts of batted balls.

Lesson 17 – Baseball Strategy

Students analyze data to determine the effects of home field advantage and the impact of slugging percentage.

Lesson 18 – Aerodynamics

Students will learn about the aerodynamic properties of a ball in flight and the influence of spin on its trajectory.

Lesson 19 – Seat Pricing and Revenue

Students will calculate the expected revenue from ticket sales at different ballparks based on pricing, seat capacity, and other revenue streams such as merchandise, parking, and concessions.

Lesson 20 – Road Trips

Students will estimate how many miles teams travel during a road trip and use this information to forecast how many total miles they will travel during the season.

Lesson 21 – Sports Vision

Students learn how to identify their dominant eye and the importance of depth perception.

Lesson 22 – Bat Chooser

Students learn how to find the appropriate bat size based on their height, weight, and strength.

Lesson 23 – Baseball Versus Other Sports

Students compare baseball to other sports in terms of winning percentages.

Lesson 24 – Home Runs Per Stadium

Students analyze how many home runs were hit in each ballpark.

Lesson 25 – National League Versus American League

Students compare statistics for both MLB leagues.