How Chevron, the Pirates and Children's Museum of Pittsburgh are promoting STEM at PNC Park

Think that baseball's only a game with a bat, a ball and a lot of sweet, green grass?

You don't have to be statistically minded to appreciate the mathematical and scientific underpinnings of the National Pastime, nor do you now have to go any further than PNC Park to learn more about it. PNC Park now holds the first permanent Chevron STEM Zone, a STEM-themed play and learning area set up by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

The Chevron STEM Zone, which officially opensFriday with the Pirates' homestand, includes stations for young fans to learn how baseballs and bats are made, how statistics are counted, and other measurements and physics at the ballpark. Pirates President Frank Coonelly drew attention to the exhibit of how baseballs are made.

"It's a topic I've become very interested in as baseballs are flying out of the park at the Major League level this season," Coonelly said.

Chevron is no stranger to the MLB, NFL and PGA, where have held pop-up STEM Zones to provide science-based, hands-on education for children attending sporting events. And Chevron has worked with the Pirates since 2014, so it was only natural the Chevron's first standalone STEM Zone would be at PNC Park.

"The principles of STEM apply every day to baseball," said Chevron Appalachia's Tripp Oliver.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Executive Director Jane Werner said the Chevron STEM Zone exhibits, which was designed by museum personnel, showed Chevron and the Pirates' vision to think outside the box and to provide STEM education in unexpected places.

Bob Nutting, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, said he was excited to have Chevron STEM Zone at PNC Park.

"We have and will continue to increase the experience of the fans at PNC Park, and especially kids," Nutting said.


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Anne Fullenkamp