Griffin Middle School Students, Teachers Share Science of Baseball at Atlanta Braves Chop Fest

Griffin Middle School students and teachers participate in the Atlanta Braves Chop Fest 2018: (Pictured Left to Right/Bottom Row) students Audrey Young and Haley Atkinson; Kate Fites, advanced content math and algebra I teacher; Campbell High School student Caitlynn Campbell (Top Row) Melissa Barlow, Advanced content high school physical science teacher; Griffin student Duncan Santos; Campbell student Taylor Daxe; and Griffin student Jacob Grantham.

Amid the autograph sessions, appearances by Atlanta Braves baseball players, and performances by the Atlanta Braves Heavy Hitters, Griffin Middle School students and teachers added to the Chop Fest 2018 celebration by sharing the Science of Baseball with visitors.

Griffin’s group led a series of fun educational math and science activities for the kids who attended the Atlanta Braves’ Chop Fest 2018 at SunTrust Park.

“Kids learn best when they can relate to the content,” said Griffin teacher Kate Fites. “Even parents joined in [at Chop Fest]. It was a great learning experience for everyone.”

Last spring, Griffin teachers participated in the Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball program, which provides hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum for sixth through eighth grade students in Georgia.

Melissa Barlow, one of Griffin’s Science of Baseball teachers, incorporated the program during the school’s new summer camp. Barlow, joined by Fites, also presented the program to teachers at the Latino Youth Conference at Kennesaw State University.

Because of the teachers’ extensive work with the Science of Baseball, the Atlanta Braves invited the teachers and their students to attend Chop Fest and help educate kids in attendance.

After watching the Griffin team work with the kids at Chop Fest, representatives from Cobb County Public Library System invited the Griffin team to help implement the Science of Baseball activities during the summer at Switzer Library in Marietta.

“The Science of Baseball is powerful for students because they’re connecting math and science to the real world, and to a fun game,” added Barlow.