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Take me out to the ball game and serve me some science on the side

When you think of a day at the ballpark, you don’t usually think of science. Michigan 4-H Youth Development will change that way of thinking when you attend 4-H Science Day at the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. Attendees will learn about the science behind America’s favorite pastime when the Lansing Lugnuts team up with Michigan State University Extension 4-H to host the April 26 event.

Attendees will learn the science behind throwing a curveball, keeping the ballpark lawn play-ready and preparing ballpark food. They’ll get to visit 10 science stations set up around the stadium that cover many areas of science from robotics to natural resources.

You don’t have to be in 4-H to attend although 4-H’ers will be on hand to lead the national anthem. It sounds like a good opportunity to get out and enjoy the spring weather after a long hard winter with the added bonus of exploring science in a fun setting. It’s a great example of experiential learning (or learning by doing) that’s so fundamental to the 4-H experience.

Tickets are available until April 18 for $10 each. Children age 2 and under are free.

Read more about the event and find out how to get tickets by reading this Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Communications news release: http://anrcom.msu.edu/anrcom/news/item/lansing_lugnuts_and_michigan_4_h_team_up_to_host_4_h_science_day_at_the_bal

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Mark the date for 4-H Science Day With the Lugnuts

What’s more American than baseball and hot dogs? How about baseball, hot dogs and 4-H? Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development in partnership with the Lansing Lugnuts will present 4-H Science Day at the Lugnuts July 15. The game begins at 2:05 p.m. with doors opening around noon. The Lugnuts will take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

 It’s a great opportunity to get kids excited about science and to see how science relates to everyday life – even the fun parts! Science activities will line the concourse for kids to get involved with hands-on experiments before and during the game. Kids will get the opportunity to see the relationship between science and sports, science and the baseball field turf and science and the ballpark menu.

 I’m told I may lead the seventh inning stretch. I’ve not been told if that’s a tai chi exercise routine or if it involves singing “ah one, and ah two, and ah three…” Or if it involves a pillow fight with the Big Lug.

 Look for more details to come.

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