Core Element is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that promotes quality teaming is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). They have partnered with the Zephyrs baseball team to host a hands-on, daylong event featuring STEM exploration stations, activities, and experiments on Monday, April 18.
Over 30 more organizations are also participating from industries ranging from technology to aviation to oil and gas. Some of the technology-related organizations include New Orleans Women In Technology, IDIYA Labs, FIRST Robotics, UNO College of Engineering and many more.
“With less than 30 percent of Louisiana’s students currently graduating with proficiency in math and science topics, it is critical that we nurture, encourage, and prepare our students to pursue STEM subjects, and compete for STEM jobs in Louisiana and beyond.” said Jan Brenan, Executive Director of Core Element. “STEM Day at Zephyr Field will showcase many facets of STEM and introduce students and teachers to a wide variety of STEM subjects, and career possibilities.”
10,000 teachers and students from the region are expected to be in attendance for the event, which also features a matchup between the Zephyrs and the Omaha Storm Chasers.
“We have a unique opportunity to use this baseball game as a vehicle to educate future generations, and are thrilled to partner with Core Element for the second year in a row,” said Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, JD, Vice President and General Manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs. “We hope that through our STEM Day, we’ll not only get kids excited about baseball but also everything the STEM industry has to offer.”