Learning STEM from Baseball: How Does a Curveball Curve? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!

Learning STEM from Baseball: How Does a Curveball Curve? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!

by Marne Ventura
Learning STEM from Baseball: How Does a Curveball Curve? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!

Learning STEM from Baseball: How Does a Curveball Curve? And Other Amazing Answers for Kids!

by Marne Ventura

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Overview

Get Your Sports-Loving Kid Excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

By integrating the thrill of learning into the context of baseball, Learning STEM from Baseball presents a whole new ball game. Unleash the inner scientist, engineer, and mathematician in your child as they learn that sports and STEM aren't so separate after all. You'll both love finding out the answers to questions such as: 
 
  • What's a sweet spot?
  • When was the pitching machine invented?
  • How are baseballs made?
  • How do numbers help baseball players? 
  • What are some STEM careers in baseball?
  • And so much more!


This easy-to-follow introduction to STEM topics sets kids up to make connections across subjects, discover new facts about baseball, and grow curious about academic fields! 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510757004
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Series: STEM Sports
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 206,703
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Marne Ventura is the author of more than seventy books for children, including fiction, nonfiction, and educational content as well as magazine stories for children in Highlights for Children, Fun for Kidz, Boy's Quest, and Spider. She is the owner of Ventura Educational Systems, which creates educational technology and instructional software apps for K–12 schools, colleges, and government training facilities. She is an experienced classroom teacher for all subjects grades K–7, psycho-motor program, and gifted education. Ventura holds a masters degree in reading and language development from the University of California. As a seminar leader she has assisted many teachers in learning about the educational opportunities that can be derived from the use of technology. She resides in Nipomo, California. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Play Ball! vii

Chapter 1 The Stunning Science Behind the Sport

Why do pitchers wind up? 1

How does a curveball curve? 3

Where is the sweet spot on a bat? 5

Who is Tommy John? 7

Do athletes eat ballpark food? 9

Chapter 2 Thrilling Technology Breakthroughs

How do players use radar? 11

When was the pitching machine invented? 13

Why do players watch video recordings of themselves in action? 15

What's virtual reality? 17

What's wearable technology? 19

Chapter 3 Engineering Better Ballgames

When did ballplayers start wearing helmets? 21

Why are baseball gloves webbed? 23

What's a smart bat? 25

How are baseballs made? 27

Can batters in MLB use any bat they want? 29

Chapter 4 Math Makes Baseball More Fun

Who was Henry Chadwick? 31

What is sabermetrics? 33

What is the Triple Crown award? 35

Why do baseball fans love stats? 37

Who does the math in baseball? 39

Glossary 41

Books and Websites for Further Reading 43

About the Author 44

Endnotes 45

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