Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball Program, presented by Xfinity

The Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball program, presented by Xfinity provides hands-on STEM curriculum and programming to 6th-8th grade level teachers and students in Georgia.

Objectives:
Increase student awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields as a future education and career option.
Motivate students to excel despite obstacles
Provide a measurable opportunity for individual transformation
Establish a framework for sustainable change.

 

Program Details:

  • Development of the Braves Science of Baseball curriculum for 6th – 8th grade levels which included 15 lessons that focused on different STEM concepts.
  • Hosted a Braves Science of Baseball teacher training for 25 teachers from Cobb County School District.
  • Provided a Braves 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 4 Braves themed projects.
  • Supported the student showcase in which schools attended a Braves game to discuss projects on the concourse.
  • Provided an evaluation and assessment for those teachers who attended the workshop.

Impact:

Through the support from Comcast and the Atlanta Braves we were able to have the following impact through the Braves Science of Baseball Program:

  • 4,000 students were impacted from the Braves Science of Baseball Program
  • 25 teachers attended the workshop
  • 8 schools from Cobb County School District participated in the program

 

Cobb County School District participating Schools:

  • Dickerson Middle School
  • Mabry Middle School
  • Dodgen Middle School
  • Griffin Middle School
  • Lost Mountain Middle School
  • Gooden Middle School
  • McClure Middle School
  • Simpson Middle School

Teacher Workshop – March 14, 2017:

This unique professional development opportunity provided teachers with a hands-on Braves Science of Baseball curriculum and all of the materials and classroom kits needed to implement this interactive curriculum into their classroom. A big thank you to Braves and Comcast for making this opportunity available to Cobb County teachers.

Braves Science of Baseball Teacher Survey Results – Sept 2017

 

 

STEM Showcase – May 20th, 2017:

Schools that participated in the teacher workshop from Cobb County had the opportunity to attend the Braves game on May 20th to display the projects they had been working on over the past two months. During that two month period, Atlanta Braves representatives and players were able to visit the schools to see the implementation of the Braves Science of Baseball program.

 

PR Links:

http://www.ajc.com/news/local/making-the-grade-cobb-county-students-study-science-baseball/5eToDZSVtXILzhPLQTXFGJ/

http://2wsb.tv/2vBYGZI

Curriculum Contents:

Lesson 1 – Baseball Positions

Lesson 2 – Strike Zone

Lesson 3 – Baseball Statistics

Lesson 4 – Baseball Field Geometry

Lesson 5 – Bat Chooser

Lesson 6 – Physiology

Lesson 7 – Batter Reaction Time

Lesson 8 – Field Percentage

Lesson 9 – Launch Angle

Lesson 10 – Elasticity

Lesson 11 – Base Running

Lesson 12 – Aerodynamics

Lesson 13 – Sports Vision

Lesson 14 – Nutrition for Peak Performance

Lesson 15 – Baseball Versus Other Sports

Student Projects:

Option 1 – Which Ball Bounces Higher

Option 2 – Optimal Angle for a Home Run

Option 3 – Base Running and Angular Momentum

Option 4 – Baseball Pendulum

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