The Sportsometry® Design and How It Works:
Sportsometry® provides educational services under license to client schools and other agencies to work with their students in an after school program. Our services include educational classes and programs that teach mathematics, physics and related cognitive skills using sports. The students participate in an after school, three phase program. Each phase includes 5 sessions designed by our Educational Consultant to draw connections between various sports and age-appropriate math topics such as spatial relationships, probability, angles and statistics.
Although research has been done to illustrate the relationship between sports and mathematics in the classroom, while in the program students actually participate in a sport as part of the lesson plan for that session.
In addition, educational research shows that learning anything in more than one way will allow the student to develop a stronger grasp of the material. For example, players inherently use specific skills, and math concepts, on the court when playing one on one basketball. However, if the number of players shifts to two teams of five players, they will be using the same skills but in a different way, without even realizing it.
Not only is playing a sport part of every session, but as the year progresses the connections between the sports and the topics become more complex, and each phase builds on the last. Just as with varying circumstances in a basketball game, if a golfer hits a straight drive down the center of the fairway, the angle of that exact same shot can be easily altered if hit with an eight iron (as a student sees in phase 2) or even more so if hit into the wind with the same club (as a student sees in phase 3). So the topics themselves may not change entirely, but they will certainly become more challenging!
Why the Program Makes an Impact:
Unfortunately physical education is no longer a standard part of many schools’ curricula. Sportsometry® not only illustrates the relationship between mathematics and sports, but also puts physical education back into a student’s daily routine. As we also know, athletics programs help to maintain student fitness and health, as well as strengthen relationships and conflict resolution skills among students.