Monday, May 12, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ball Game: 3rd Annual After School Fantasy Baseball Tournament at Raley Field

On May 3, 2014 Raley Field was once again filled with energetic players and cheering fans, but the action was academic instead of athletic. Region 3's Third Annual Fantasy Baseball Math Tournament was held at the minor league ballpark of the Sacramento River Cats

Mike Osborn, on-field emcee for the River Cats fired up the crowd with a motivational speech before the tournament began. Then an a cappella version of the National Anthem was sung over the loud speaker by a very talented young after school student, as the children and their families saluted the flag. Once the pomp and circumstance was over it was time to play ball; fantasy baseball.

The exciting tournament featured 36 teams of fifth to eighth grade students representing school districts from the Sacramento area. In the competition, students used statistics from specially designed baseball cards to analyze data, compare players, complete circle graphs, and ultimately play simulated baseball games where they may even lead their team to a Fantasy Baseball World Series Championship.

The event was an end of the year activity for students who have participated in local tournaments held at their after-school programs. At the end of the challenging competition, the following team finished with a record of 10-1 in the tournament and was crowned Fantasy Baseball Champion of 2014:

The following schools after school programs participated in the 3rd Annual Fantasy Baseball Math Tournament:

   Elk Grove Unified School District: David Reese, Edward Harris Middle School, 
     Samuel Jackman, Middle School, Cordova Gardens
   Folsom Cordova Unified School District: Peter J. Shields Elementary School, 
     Rancho Cordova, Cordova Villa, Mitchell Middle School, White Rock, 
     Mills Middle School
   Sacramento City Unified School District: Pony Express, Golden Empire
   Twin Rivers Unified School District: MLK Jr. Technology Academy, Foothill Ranch, 
     Orchard Elementary
   Washington Unified School District: Elk Horn Club West, Stonegate Club West, 
     Westmore Club West, River Club West

If your after school site is interested in participating in the 4th Annual Fantasy Baseball Tournament please email Ken McCulloch at League activities start in the Fall of 2014.

Raley Field

2014 Tournament Trophy
Russell greeting the participants.

Mike Osborn giving an inspirational speech.
                                                          National Anthem


Tournament Time

Championship Game

Samuel Jackman's Fantasy Baseball Team = 2014 Tournament Champions

STEM and Other Pertinent Articles:

1) Math Program a Hit with Pine - Richland Middle Schoolers

STEM (and other Integrated Core Content) Activities/Videos/Websites/Podcast:

STEM Profesional Development Opportunities:

1) Techbridge Summer Institute ($800 per person)

2) STEM Academy for Elementary School Teachers ($450 per person)

3) Steve Spangler Story Time Slime / Online Training ($199.00 per person)
    Connecting Science and Children's Literature

4) Click2Science Professional Development Program (Free)

5) Technical Writing for Science Class (Free)

6) Edge Up University Provides Online Professional Development (Free)
    Professional Development training for Informal After School Educators
    provided by Region 8

STEM / Misc. / Events / Grants / Contest:

1)  Teichert Foundation Grants (August 2014 Deadline)

     (Applications available until equipment is gone)

3) Saucony Run for Good Foundation Website: Program: After School, 
    At-Risk/Character, General Education, Health/PE
    Maximum Grant: up to $10,000 (Deadline: June 13, 2014)

4) Best Buy Children's Foundation Program: After School, Arts, General Education, 
    Health / PE, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM, 
    Technology Maximum Grant: up to $6,000 (Deadline: July 1, 2014)

5) Innovation Corps Sites Program: After School, Arts, General Education, Health/PE, 
    Math, Reading, Science,/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM, Technology 
    Maximum Grant: up to $6,000 (Deadline July 1, 2014)

6) Procter and Gamble Educational Grants Program: After School, Early Childhood, 
      General Education, Health/PE Maximum Grant: up to $10,000 
      (Deadline September 26, 2014)

    (Deadline: June 4, 2014)

Thanks again for all that you do in the field. Please keep us posted about STEM events/activities in your area. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Monica Gonzalez-William (SCOE: Region 3: After School Regional Lead)

Phil Romig: (SCOE: Science Curriculum Specialist) @

Mark Drewes: (SCOE: Project Specialist II: After School) @

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