b'EDUCATIONSCIENCE MEETS SPORTS:STEAM Center Opens Interactive Exhibit H ow do you throw the perfect curveball? Why does a footballPAUL LEAVY, VSUneed to spin when its thrown? What do momentum and center of mass have to do with athletic ability? You dont have to be a sports enthusiast to understand that the science behind physical fitness, nutrition, and even athletic equipment mechanics can be a valuable teaching tool.Giving students that extra push toward sports-related careers and the science behind the games is the focus of the new Art and Science Sports exhibit at Valdosta State University.As part of the universitys emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) education, the center is combing learning and fun to show how science is part of sports and everyday life activities. We are suggesting fourth-grade students and up for the field trips, says Dr. Brian Gerber, VSU STEAM Center Director. Our goal is for the students to leave with a greater appreciation for the science that takes place in their everyday life. Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are growing faster than in other jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM employment is expected to grow 8% by 2029, compared with 3.7% for all other occupations. 14 SG MAGAZINE| WINTER 2022 BUSINESS + CULTURE15'