Lansing Lugnuts encourage youth to try science at 4-H Science Day

posted on July 18, 2012 11:43am

Contact: Katie Alexander
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – More than 5,000 people attended the Lansing Lugnuts game against the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Sunday. The game was also the first 4-H Science Day with the Lugnuts.

More than 90 attendees purchased the 4-H tickets, which allowed special access to a turfgrass demonstration with the head groundskeeper and a pitching demonstration with pitching coach Vince Horsman and Lugnuts pitcher Justin Nicolino.

“You have to put things in theories and mechanics,” Nicolino said regarding science at the ballpark. “You have to see what works for you and what you like. With pitching, it’s a philosophy, you have to try and experiment on how to pitch and hit a ball.”

“Science is everywhere,” said Mike Kacsor, head groundskeeper. “Look at the clouds, is it going to rain today? There is nothing in life that doesn’t involve science. The word ‘science’ sometimes scares people, they think it’s going to be hard, but science is actually really simple.”

Fifteen science stations were set up around the baseball concourse, including how balls and bats work, mini volcanoes, companion animals, Science Blast, insect lifestyles and water quality, Fashion a Fish and 4-H Tech Wizards: Finger-print Detective.

4-H Science Day with the Lugnuts is a partnership between the Lansing Lugnuts and Michigan 4-H to increase youth interest in science. Michigan 4-H is an MSU Extension program.

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