Baseball Science-on-a-Stick featured at Weather and Science Day

Due to inclement weather, Weather and Science Day is postponed to May 11, 2016. 

Updated April 27, 2016

Colorado 4-H Youth Development will be warming up Coors Field with baseball science on April 28. Colorado State University Extension, Colorado Rockies, 9News, and Steve Spangler Science are teaming up for the seventh annual Weather and Science Day at Coors Field. Designed to help students explore hands-on science with a real-life application, this long-standing partnership brings more than 10,000 school children to Coors Field to learn about weather and science by participating in interactive experiments that incorporate physics, math and meteorology.

“Members of Colorado 4-H are excited to be part of Weather and Science Day,” said Annette Haas, 4-H Youth Development Specialist for STEM and K-12 Programs. “This is an amazing opportunity for us to share science, technology, engineering, and math with thousands of youth in the Denver Metro area.”

Weather and Science Day5CSU Extension 4-H STEM leaders will manage activities on the field, and volunteers in the stands will help guide students in performing the science activities using “Baseball Science-on-a-Stick.”

Final assembly part of CSUnity

The “Baseball Science-on-a-Stick” final assembly took place on a snowy, cold Saturday morning as part of CSUnity, an activity where thousands of students engage in a one-day volunteer event serving businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and local residents.

Perhaps it was fitting, with a winter storm warning in effect, that the weather would take center stage on this day as final preparations were made for Weather and Science Day. By mid-morning, 120 members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority had arrived at a cavernous classroom in Johnson Hall on the CSU campus, quickly breaking the quiet of the day with a buzz of activity, energy, music and conversations. Two-and-a-half hours later, these young women had tied near 10,000 beads onto strings and then stapled the strings onto fans, to complete the assembly of the hands-on activity that will be handed out at Coors Field.

Weather and Science Day1Amanda Burke, a sophomore majoring in Environmental Health, is the community service director for the sorority and team leader. “We do CSUnity every year. We love it, and this year we learned more about Colorado 4-H,” said Burke. “And it’s good that with the bad weather outside, our project is inside this year. We are among the largest groups volunteering for CSUnity so were assigned to inside projects.”

“We’re so very grateful to the women of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority for helping complete the assembly of the Baseball Science-on-a-Stick experiment,” said Haas.

Weather and Science Day

Weather and Science Day3Weather and Science Day will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at Coors Field in Denver. After the program, students are invited to round out their day by staying to watch the Colorado Rockies take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Interested in learning more or bringing students from your school to Weather and Science Day? Reserve tickets today.

Teachers can also learn more about the curriculum and the details of Baseball Science-on-a-Stick and Colorado 4-H STEM and K-12 programs.

Or watch members of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority assembling Baseball Science-on-a-Stick.