4-H Science Day with the Lansing Lugnuts

Science is everywhere we go, even at the baseball park!

Who doesn’t like baseball? Many youth will suit up for a baseball team this spring, while those of us who have hung-up our bat and glove still love to cheer for our favorite teams. Whether player or spectator, there are many secret elements to the game of baseball that go unnoticed before our eyes, but only the best players and coaches know it… Yes, I am talking about the science behind the game!

The Rising Above the Gathering Storm Report highlighted a significant challenge: America’s young people are not prepared with the necessary math, science and workforce skills for the 21st century. It is a scary thought that today’s children and youth may not know enough about science and math to be successful professionals in today’s changing world. It is up to all of us to help equip and encourage today’s youth. This work isn’t just left to schools and universities, but starts right here – in our own ballpark.

Have you ever wondered how to throw a curve ball and why the ball actually appears to curve in midair? When the Lansing Lugnuts gates open at noon on Saturday, April 13, come on down to the field and learn firsthand from the Lugnuts pitching coach and players the science behind pitching. If you are interested in the field or just how to mow those cool lines in the outfield, come listen to the field manager talk about the science behind grass and soil and why the turf is different than your backyard. See over a dozen hands-on science activities and experiments throughout the concourse that will interest and excite you. Check out robotics activities, build and launch catapults, experiment with water bugs and much more.

4-H Science Day with the Lugnuts is Saturday, April 13, as the Lansing Lugnuts partner with Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development. Learn for yourself the science of throwing a good curve ball, hitting a baseball, what makes a baseball, what it takes to maintain a baseball field, and even the science behind that machine that shoots t-shirts and prizes way up into the stands. Don’t tell your kids, but there is an awful lot of science in baseball! This game is dedicated to helping youth, and really all of us, understand and enjoy the science behind the game of baseball.

To learn more about the event or order tickets, go to LansingLugnuts.com and click on the 4-H Clover. See you at the ballpark!

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