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Tuesday, August 20 • 11:00am - 11:45am
From Sports to STEM: Engaging Diverse Students in STEM in and out of the Classroom Through DIY Sport-Science

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The sports science and analytics revolution has made the study of sports performance just as technologically advanced as university medical labs. Sports are the ideal venue to engage youth with the STEM disciplines within an activity that they love. Unfortunately, the equipment and analytical techniques used at elite levels are often too complicated and expensive for coaches, players, and teachers to access. This missed opportunity is especially pernicious because there is a well-documented interest gap in STEM among female, African American, and Latino youth, many of whom participate in sports. The democratization of sports science and analytics through the development of low-cost training tools has potential to reach these youths to provide an authentic introduction to STEM. As the STEM Director for 4th Family Inc., I have developed a suite of low-cost sport science and analytics tools to train youth athletes. We introduce STEM as a tool for athletic improvement which empowers youth athletes to use STEM techniques to collect and analyze their own performance data. We have used to this approach in partnership with NBA franchises, elite universities, and urban schools to broaden access to the STEM pipeline for students who would not typically sign up for traditional STEM activities. In this talk I will describe my journey from hosting an after-school STEM program at an urban high school to running STEM outreach at the NBA Summer League as well as sharing best practices for using sport science to engage students in STEM in and out of the classroom.  

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John Drazan

STEM Director, 4th Family STEM
Dr. John Drazan is an IRACDA NIH post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the Human Motion Lab. At Penn, John seeks to combine his expertise in STEM outreach and biomechanics research to build a community situated biomechanics lab where youth athletes and community... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Media Center Troy Middle School, 1976 Burdett Avenue, Troy NY 12180

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