Middle school students love science when they are learning the science of baseball.

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A dozen students from Mansfeld Magnet Middle School took to the field to measure ball trajectory and pitch velocity at the Science of Baseball camp.

The camp was started three years ago by University of Arizona Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering professor Ricardo Valerdi.  He is a Red Sox fan who started looking at sports in a new way wen he studied sabermetrics.  Sabermetrics is the statistical analysis of baseball.

“A light bulb went off for me, and I went from a fan to an analyst,” Valerdi said. “I realized this was something we could do with kids of all ages, not just college students.”

“This program gives students the opportunity to see real-life applications of math, technology and engineering,” said Mansfeld social studies teacher and coach Kevin Brungardt. “It allows me to support those fields and to incorporate those lessons into my teaching.”

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