Science of Sport develops STEM curriculum and provides programming for all learners. We bring math and science to life through hands-on learning activities using sports examples and provide direct services to teachers and students. The services include youth Summer Camps, Field Trip Days, STEM Showcases, After-School Programs, Teacher Kits, STEM Activity Bags, Teacher Workshops, Educational App called STEMadium, and Virtual Programming.
The Angels Science of Baseball Showcase, presented by Toyota focuses on providing engaging hands-on learning opportunities for students and their teachers. These STEM activities have an emphasis on social-emotional learning, mental health, student engagement, sustainability and STEM education. Participants will use the materials and workbooks provided to complete the activities and learn new STEM concepts around the game of baseball.
The Angels Baseball Foundation, established in 2004, concentrates on investments in education, healthcare, arts and sciences, and community-related youth programs throughout the region. In addition, the Foundation provides children the opportunity to experience the great game of baseball and its countless positive attributes. The Angels Baseball Foundation has distributed grants to hundreds of various programs throughout Southern California, in addition to investing over $3 million directly to students as part of the Angels 8th Grade AVID Scholarship and Angels College Scholars programs. A pillar in The Angels Baseball Foundation’s mission, the foundation remains dedicated to education and supporting those needs in the community.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships.
Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 22 electrified options.
To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at www. TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit www.ToyotaNewsroom.com.
Increase Student Awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fields as a Future Education and Career Option
Baseball has been shown to be an effective subject to expose children to math and science. In this same spirit, this program gives students the ability to learn and apply basic academic concepts through hands-on application on the Baseball Rink. We strive to not only expose students to STEM fields, but to help them understand, visualize, and integrate the connection between Baseball , science, and mathematics through a variety of learning styles (i.e., visual, kinesthetic, auditory). These hands-on experiences encourage continued involvement and enrollment in math and science classes that will promote academic and career pursuits in related fields
Motivate Students to Excel Despite Obstacles
In addition to the academic objectives of the program, a parallel objective is to motivate students to excel despite social, economic, and cultural obstacles (either real or imaginary) that may prevent them from advancing their education. The Science of Baseball Program could include motivational “pep talks” by players who provide their compelling stories to describe their experiences in overcoming adversity that provides real-world encouragement for students pursuing their dreams.
Provide a Measurable Opportunity for Individual Transformation
We strive to provide a life-changing transformative experience for students in elementary school. Many of the targeted students could be the first in their family to pursue a college education. As such, participation in the program provides an ideal opportunity to encourage an educational path that might be unimaginable or perceived as impossible. A specific objective is to measure the impact of the program of students’ academic performance and life choices. This goal is accomplished by assessing each student’s math and science comprehension levels at the beginning of the program, at the end of the program, and six months after the program. We also interview the students, their teachers, and their families to determine other intangible impacts resulting from their participation in the program.
Establish a Framework for Sustainable Change
In order to reinforce the lessons learned through the Science of Baseball Program and maximize the likelihood for improved academic achievement, each participant is assigned a mentor. The mentor engages the student in dialog about academic and personal achievement facilitated through participation in reunion games, held every three months.