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The Science Behind Tennis

STEAMM Team and NCC women's tennis collaborate for youth

Mia Rossi,

On September 20, Northampton Community College's women's tennis team and coach Ashley M. Bennett, partnered with Parkland's STEAMM (Science in Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Medicine) Team to bring the first of a series of nine science exploratory after-school activities to Youth from Bethlehem's Northeast Ministry. Kids between the ages of six and twelve learned about the science behind playing tennis at the Fowler Family Southside Center in the Cops 'n' Kids Reading Room. The program entitled "Tennis Train Out:  Get the Ball Rolling!" taught kids about what really happens when you swing the racket. The kids decorated tennis balls that afternoon; so, they could start a new hobby with their piece of art. NCC women's tennis team created an afternoon filled with exercise and fun. These programs designed by Parkland students are meant to feel like mini science fairs and will be held the third Wednesday of every month in 2017-2018.  They are designed to be hands-on, interactive, educational and exciting for the youth. 

With a mission of "connecting kids and community through literacy," Cops 'n' Kids is an  award-winning literacy initiative that has distributed, thus far, more than 840,000 free books-and, in addition to visiting schools and other child-centered organizations for book distribution events, has coordinated free events for the community throughout its existence.   For more information on the series, feel free to contact the Cops 'n' Kids Children's Literacy Program.