On the TEDxTucson stage this Sunday will be Ricardo Valerdi.
"To fully explain what Arizona Science of Baseball is, the first mention must go to Ricardo Valerdi, Associate Professor in Systems and Industrial Engineering at University of Arizona.
So, imagine telling a middle-schooler that they will have a chance to step onto a Major League Baseball field. Many will instantly start imagining the smell of the fresh-cut grass, the heat of the sun on their skin, and the feel of the stitched baseball lying dormant in their hand.
Now, thanks to the Arizona Science of Baseball Program, children in Arizona are getting a Major League learning experience.
Arizona Science of Baseball Program
“In order to help students improve their math skills we are laser focused on teaching them topics that they will be tested on in standardized tests. Topics such as ratios, equations, geometry, and statistics drive the content of our curriculum.” As for the second part of the mixture…well, it’s simple really. Valerdi describes the second source as “baseball topics that are fun and engaging”: “Counting balls and strikes is not fun. But launching baseballs with a water balloon launcher over the outfield wall is super fun.”"--From the TEDXTucson Facebook
TEDxTucson Presents... Point of Impact
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (MST)