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Middle School Students Ready to Play Ball in STEM Showcase

Posted On: Friday, May 17, 2019

Jordan visits TMS

Former Atlanta Brave and now baseball analyst Brian Jordan signs a bumper sticker for TMS student Seth Grogan. 

Note:  A gallery of photos from Brian Jordan's visit can be viewed here.

CCSD middle schools will send about 100 students to the Battery at SunTrust Park this Sunday to participate in the Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball STEM Showcase.    Through a partnership with the major league club, CCSD middle school teachers utilize the Science of Baseball curriculum, adding an element of fun, interest and innovation as students explore how math and science, as well as other subjects, apply to America’s favorite pastime.

Former Atlanta Braves player  Brian Jordan visited Teasley Middle School on Thursday, May 16, to see the students incorporate the lessons first hand.  Jordan visited several seventh-grade classrooms to watch students experiment with launch angles (using marshmallows and mini-catapults), learn geography by mapping travel routes across the U.S. using the Braves’ game schedule, and read about the history of the sport. Students also discussed the statistics and analysis used in baseball, and calculated distances in various baseball stadiums using geometry.  Jordan asked questions of the students about their projects and lessons, and also fielded questions about his career and favorite moments during his careers in both professional baseball and professional football.  He signed autographs for students in between presentations. 

For the Showcase event on Sunday, students selected a Science of Baseball lesson to highlight. They will interact with a Braves player and Science of Baseball staff to illustrate what they learned this year.


men watch students in class experiment

Brian Jordan and Aron Rooze, southeast regional director for Science of Sport, watch Teasley students launch a marshmallow using a calculated degree angle they believe will help the object fly the furthest. 


students greet brian jordan

Teasley students greet former Atlanta Brave Brian Jordan.

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