Students connect to Cooperstown via video field trips

By Julie Wilson

As spring training draws to a close and teams are getting geared up for the start of the 2012 baseball season, students around the country are celebrating the return of baseball by connecting to the Hall of Fame for a unique educational experience.

The Hall of Fame’s EBBETS (Electronically Bringing Baseball Education To Students) field trip series allows students to learn about subjects such as math, civil rights history and economics, without ever leaving their classroom.

Among the more popular topics for the month of March, which happens to be Women’s History Month, was the Dirt on Their Skirts unit, which looks at the history of women in America using baseball as the backdrop.

“Learning about women in baseball reminds us all of the great women who made history just by doing what they loved,” said School Programs Associate, Emily Voss, as she spoke earlier this month to students in Linwood, N.J., about the women who broke down barriers by playing for teams like the Bloomers Girls and the Colorado Silver Bullets.

In the month of March alone, 48 classes from 17 different states (Louisiana, New York, Tennessee, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Montana, Missouri, California, Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vermont) participated in an EBBETS field trip experience by connecting live to an educator at the Baseball Hall of Fame. In total, 765 students in grades 2-12, and 20 adults at a senior center in Ohio, connected to learn about a wide range of baseball related topics.

During the 2011-2012 school year, the education team will connect with about 15,000 students who may not otherwise have the chance to experience Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame.  To learn more about the Hall of Fame’s videoconference program visit baseballhall.org/education.

Julie Wilson is the manager of school programs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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