IRVINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION’S SUMMER ENCHRICHMENT ACADEMY OFFERS 270 CLASSES GEARED TOWARD DIRECTING K-12 GRADES STUDENTS TO STEAM-RELATED CAREERS
Hey, Batter, Batter! What Angels Baseball Can Teach Kids about Science and Math
Beyond the crack of the bat, the smell of grilled hot dogs and the Rally Monkey jumping around, there’s some real science at play in baseball.
And this summer, students in fourth through sixth grade from any school district, can explore the game in a whole new way by enrolling in the Angels Science of Baseball class offered by the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF).
The Angels are partnering with IPSF to enhance students’ love of learning and baseball. This class combines America’s favorite pastime with math, language arts, science, history, health and physical education. Kids will get to meet current Angels’ staff, follow common core-aligned academic activities and gain hands-on baseball experiences. Even a class trip to an Angels’ day game is included.
The four-week major league of learning course is just one of the many offerings of IPSF’s 2015 Summer Enrichment Academy powered by First Team Real Estate Foundation.
No, it’s not the typical classroom way of teaching science and math – and that’s the whole point.
The mission behind the Academy is to expose young learners to real-world applications and career exploration opportunities, inside and outside the classroom. Studies show students who engage in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities are more likely to thrive and succeed in school, and to pursue careers in related fields.
The programming also aims to solve another challenge: the “summer slide.” The Summer Enrichment Academy is a bridge between academic years and encourages students to continue to find enjoyment in education during the summer. Research indicates most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.
The 2015 Summer Enrichment Academy is offered to incoming K-8th graders from any school district. Nearly 5,000 students are participating in fee-based classes held at a number of Irvine Unified School District sites. IPSF offers a wealth of enrichment courses in areas such as art and photography, computer skills; language arts and foreign languages; life skills, performing arts, science and technology; and sports, games and fitness.