Friday, May 15, 2015

Fantasy Baseball Math: A Hit With Region 3 After School Programs for a Fourth Year in A Row

On April 18, 2015 Raley Field was once again filled with energetic players and cheering fans, but the action was academic instead of athletic. Region 3s Fourth Annual Fantasy Baseball Math Tournament was held at the minor league ballpark of the Sacramento River Cats.

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Math Tournament was sponsored by the City of Sacramento Department of Parks and RecreationElk Grove Unified School DistrictFolsom Cordova Unified School DistrictPSA ApparelRaley FieldSacramento City Unified School DistrictSacramento County Office of EducationSacramento START, SubwayTwin Rivers Unified School DistrictWest Sacramento Parks,  Sacramento Chinese Community Service CenterWilson Trophy Company, Sports Authority, Washington Unified School District, Roberts Family Development Center, Center for Fathers and Families, Giants Community Fund, STEMfinity, Sacramento River Cats, and Safeway.

The exciting tournament featured 32 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 champion of the 4th Annual After School Fantasy Baseball Tournament was a mighty team of two from Stonegate Elementary School in Washington Unified

The view from the Legacy Club at Raley Field.

The After School Fantasy Baseball Tournament is under way.
The tournament is in full swing. 

The teams are calculating their results. 
Photo Opportunity for these rising after school all-stars.
The trophies are ready.

Thank you to our sponsors!!!!
Click here to see the highlights from the tournament that appeared on the local news cast.

NGSS: Things to Know for May

2) Looking to hear more about lessons learned from working with states on NGSS 
    adoption and  implementation? Watch this excerpt from Stephen Pruitt's presentation 
    at NSTA's 2015 National Conference in Chicago: "The Top 10 Things I learned 
    in 2014." (Video)

3) Interested in learning more about professional development that supports the new 
    vision for science education? Check out this new two-page brief from STEM Teaching 

    (Katie Jones, Baltimore Sun)

    Middle School in Galt. ( Jennifer Bonnett, Lodi News-Sentinal)

Name of Out-of-School-Time Provider: Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center

Grade Level of Activity: 6th thru 8th

Number of Students who took part in the activity: 20

Type of Activity: Engineering Everywhere: Put a Lid on It (Free to Download)

Learner Outcomes: Students will:

  • that they can use the Engineering Design Process to help solve problems
  • earn that engineers design technologies to help people and solve problems
  • learn that they have talent and potential for designing and improving technologies
  • they can be biomechanics engineers
  • be engaged in open ended challenges that are directly tied to NGSS standards
  • also learn to work in collaborative groups

Students designed a new hard hat.

Students designed a new bicycle helmet.

Students designed a new football helmet.
    Some students even designed new gladiator apparel.

    STEM / Expanded Learning / and Other Pertinent Educational Articles

    1) Quality Standards Mini Webinar (Webinar hosted by Dr. Kim Boyer, Executive 
         Director of the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation)

    3) NSLA National Summer Learning Day June 19, 2015 (Resource)


    5) My First NGSS Lab (Tanya Katovich, Next Generation Chemistry) 

    6) Perfecting the NGSS Engineering Dance ( Marsha Ratzel, Reflections of a Techie) 

    7) What Happened to the Scientific Method? (Hallie Mills, CORElaborate)

        Social Emotional Learning (Ed Brief)

    STEM (and other interdisciplinary core content) Activities / Videos / Websites / Podcast

    4) Informational Texts: Reading for Inquiry (Teaching Channel) (Video)

    5) Click 2 Science (Free Online STEM Training and Resources)

    6) Exploratorium (Digital Resources Library)

    STEM Educational Grants:

    1) Grant Wrangler Website (Grants for different content areas)

    6) Kids in the Game Go! Grant (Deadline: June 1, 2015 $1,000 to $5,000)

        (Deadline: Rolling Grants Up to $75,000)

    STEM / Other Content Area Professional Development / Misc. / Events / Contest

    1) Articulating Your Story (Free CASRC Webinar May 21, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 PM)
        Learn about the impact that expanded learning programs have on a community

    2) Skillastics Physical Activities (Free: June 2, 2015)

    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-Williams (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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