Author(s): Aimee Clark
Baseball is a classic American sport, and is downright addictive for those who love it. The baseball or softball diamond is also a great place to watch STEM--science, technology, engineering, and math--in action, as all play vital roles in both games. In STEM in Baseball and Softball, learn how players use the concepts of STEM every time they step on the field. From throwing a curveball to hitting the sweet spot on a bat or running the bases. . . all of these use the geometry of angles, the laws of physics, and technologically advanced engineering. Every book in the Connecting STEM and Sports series provides an in-depth look at how the principles of science, technology, engineering, and math are essential to the sports we love. In classrooms today, STEM curriculum is integrated for real-world learning, and this series shows how all four disciplines work together in the everyday games we watch and play. Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered in chapters through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing a moment in history, a speech, or an instructional video. This gives the readers additional content to supplement the text. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.