Three hundred GEAR UP Iowa students will get hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering and math on Thursday, April 26, courtesy of a day at the ballpark.


High school sophomores taking part in STEM at the Ballpark will attend sessions that apply STEM principals to baseball: physics of a curveball, nutrition requirements of feeding a crowd, math of game theory and much more. The event is modeled on a similar day presented last year by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.


Students will attend the event from Perry and Des Moines, two of the 12 low-income districts served by GEAR UP Iowa. GEAR UP, a federal program that prepares students and families to enroll and succeed in college, is administered by Iowa College Aid.


STEM at the Ballpark is sponsored by the Iowa Cubs, South Central Iowa STEM hub housed at Drake University, Des Moines Area Community College and GEAR UP Iowa.


The Perry and Des Moines students will take part in STEM at the Ballpark in two sessions on Thursday, April 26 at Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines. The first session runs from 9-11:30 a.m. and the second from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


For more information, contact Elizabeth Keest Sedrel at 515-710-1257.