Science Hits a Home Run at AT&T Ballpark!

November 13, 2015

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Life at IXL

IXL volunteers unleashed their inner scientists by helping to collect feedback from attendees at the 5th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park on Saturday, Nov. 7th. The event was part of the Bay Area Science Festival and engaged kids and adults alike with health and medicine, engineering, technology, climate science, and more through hands-on activities led by local science and technology organizations. Exhibitors packed the park, from the playing field to the top levels. It was a beautiful day and a great way for IXLers to contribute to a community science event in advance of the upcoming launch of IXL’s science and social studies subjects!

After receiving our Discovery Day volunteer shirts and wristbands, we were quickly ushered up to the broadcasting booth within arm’s reach of where “Kruk and Kuip” [the San Francisco Giants broadcasting duo] record their inspirational play-by-plays. After breaking up into small groups, we were presented with iPads and clipboards, as well as stickers to give to younger attendees. The volunteer coordinator explained that it was crucial to collect a significant number of surveys in order to determine how the exhibits could be improved and how to better meet the needs of the diverse group of festival attendees.

Once we had been sent to the various zones throughout the ballpark, we approached visitors in pairs, welcoming them to the event and asking them to participate in our survey. Most families, and even some teenagers, were more than willing to relate their experiences. Of course, we also had some funny stories of people turning us down or trying to avoid eye contact! Overall, we had a fantastic time helping out on such a rare sunny day at AT&T Park.

For more information on the Bay Area Science Festival and their annual Discovery Day, visit http://www.bayareascience.org/.

By Michael Duarte, Software Engineer

 

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