Lansing Lugnuts and Michigan 4-H team up to host 4-H Science Day at the ballpark

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Lansing Lugnuts and Michigan 4-H team up to host 4-H Science Day at the ballpark

EAST LANSING, Mich.—Youth and their families attending the Lansing Lugnuts game on April 26 will enjoy more than a day of baseball. For the third year in a row, the Lansing Lugnuts have teamed up with Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Programs to host 4-H Science Day at Cooley Law School Stadium.

The event provides an exciting opportunity for Michigan youth to explore the world of science with hands-on learning activities that illustrate how science intersects with everyday life – including a day at the ballpark.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Michigan 4-H again this year to offer this unique experience that we don’t provide to any other group,” said Nick Grueser, Lugnuts general manager. “Families at 4-H Science Day will interact with Lugnuts coaches and employees as they discover the behind-the-scenes science that makes a baseball game great.”

Attendees at the game will have the chance to learn about the science of throwing a curveball at a pitching demonstration by a Lugnuts pitcher, meet with the head groundskeeper to learn how science is used to keep a baseball field green, and hear about the science behind the safety and preparation of their favorite ballpark snack.

Youth and their families will also be able to enjoy more than 10 science stations, which will be set up around the stadium. Stations will feature robotics, natural resources, wind energy, water bugs, engineering, animal science and more! The day’s festivities will also include 4-H groups leading the 4-H pledge and singing both the national anthem and “God Bless America” before the Lugnuts face off against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

“Science is more than just a school subject – it’s an expansive field that can be really fun and exciting,” said Jake DeDecker, Michigan 4-H program leader. “4-H Science Day allows us to show young people the many ways science touches their lives every day and get them interested in pursuing science-related careers and education in the future.”

4-H Science Day is a public event for both 4-H and non-4-H participants. Tickets are available until April 18 for $10 each. Children age 2 and under are free.

Clubs and counties interested in attending should purchase all tickets at once to obtain seats together. Tickets can be ordered online by selecting the 4-H icon at www.lansinglugnuts.com, downloading and printing the flyer on the Michigan 4-H event page and mailing it in, or by contacting [email=apaschen@lansinglugnuts.com]Adam Paschen[/email] at 517-827-2486517-827-2486. Those attending have the option of having tickets delivered or picking them up at the will-call window.

Gates for the game open at noon, with the first pitch at 2:05 p.m. Cooley Law School Stadium is located at 505 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Lansing.


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