Take STEM out to the ballpark!

Three hundred GEAR UP Iowa students will get hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering and math this Thursday (April 26), courtesy of a day at the ballpark. High school sophomores taking part in STEM at the Ballpark will attend sessions that apply;STEM principles to baseball: physics of a curveball, nutrition requirements of feeding a crowd, math of game theory and much more. The event is modeled on a similar day presented last year by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.Students will attend the event from Perry and Des Moines, two of the 12 low-income districts served by GEAR UP Iowa. GEAR UP, a federal program that prepares students and families to enroll and succeed in college, is administered by Iowa College Aid. STEM at the Ballpark is sponsored by the Iowa Cubs, South Central Iowa STEM hub housed at Drake University, Des Moines Area Community College and GEAR UP Iowa.

Event details:

  • Date: Thursday, April 26
  • Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (split into morning and afternoon sessions.)
  • Location: Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines
  • Contact: Elizabeth Keest Sedrel, 515-710-1257, elizabeth.sedrel@iowa.gov