The Pittsburgh Pirates have teamed up with Chevron to support in-school education throughout the greater Pittsburgh region by announcing the Science of Baseball program, an all-new Pirates-themed science experience. The new program will be funded by Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pirates, and Chevron as each will contribute $150 for every Pirates hit throughout the season.
The program is part of Carnegie Science Center's "Science on the Road" initiative and focuses on the physics, biology, materials science and mathematics behind baseball. Carnegie Science Center educators will lead students (grades K-8) in participatory, high-impact science demonstrations that meet Next Generation Science Standards. Science on the Road is the Science Center's outreach program, designed to deliver high-quality programs rich in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to more than 170,000 students and teachers annually in schools across the region.
"Like the Pirates, Chevron has a proud history in Pittsburgh and we are excited to be partnering with the Pirates and Pirates Charities to invest in the education of children in the greater Pittsburgh area," said Trip Oliver, Chevron's Manager of Policy, Government and Public Affairs.
The goal of the Science of Baseball program is to educate students and adults on the many everyday uses of science. "The Pirates have fostered a love of baseball in kids throughout the region for generations," said Ron Baillie, Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. "This new Science on the Road show will tap into that love and generate excitement about the science behind the sport - and, we hope, about science in general."
"It is great to team up with our North Shore neighbors, the Pirates, and Chevron, which has been an outstanding supporter of our STEM programs in our ongoing endeavors to develop the next-generation STEM workforce," said Ann Metzger, Co-Director of the Science Center.
The first public sampling of the program is set to take place at the December, 2014 PirateFest with the classroom debut scheduled for the spring of 2015.
"One of Pirates Charities core missions is to support educational initiatives for youth in the greater Pittsburgh region," said Patty Paytas, Pirates Senior Vice President of Community and Public Affairs. "We look forward to working with Chevron and the Carnegie Science Center on this new initiative that will use Pirates baseball to teach students about STEM applications right in their own school."
Along with the new program, Chevron and the Carnegie Science Center are partnering with the Pirates throughout 2014 to bring education to PNC Park by sponsoring the in-game entertainment feature "Baseball Quiz." The new feature poses science-related baseball questions to fans during a specific inning at PNC Park.