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Knights Team with da Vinci Days to Introduce Science & Art Day at Goss Stadium.

January 31, 2012

Corvallis to Invite Area Elementary Schools to June 6 Game

Knights Team with da Vinci Days to Introduce Science & Art Day at Goss Stadium.

Two popular community attractions, the Corvallis Knights and da Vinci Days, are teaming up to introduce Science & Art Day at Goss Stadium on June 6th, when the Knights host the Klamath Falls Gems in a West Coast League baseball game scheduled to start before noon.

The event is targeted at elementary school teachers and students, both public and private, in Benton and Linn counties. Students are invited to attend the game and learn more about science, art and baseball.

Interactivity is the name of the game, as students will be encouraged to participate in science and art projects, some related to baseball, at various stations set up throughout Goss Stadium.

"We hope to further expose elementary-school students to the beauty of art, science, and baseball in an environment that should be super fun," Knights' president Dan Segel said. "We're thrilled to work with da Vinci Days to help make this a memorable experience for all the kids."

The interactive stations will be manned by local inventors and artists. Their objective is to expose area school children to science and art, outside the classroom, in a venue that is fun and unique.

"Leonardo da Vinci was passionate about the combination of art, science, education and technology. Adding baseball into the equation brings it all in perspective," said Nicole Beachboard-Dodson, Executive Director of da Vinci Days. "Having extensively studied the human form, in 1483 Leonardo was quoted as saying, 'Drawing the poses of people and the parts of their bodies so as to display the intent of their minds.'

"As with baseball...the players mind controls the body which transforms into a piece of art, using science, education and technology to achieve the goal of playing the game. If you think about it from da Vinci's perspective, it's really something amazing."

The starting time for the game has been moved up to 11 a.m. from the Knights' customary 6:40 p.m. start time to accommodate class field trips.

"This is a special opportunity for our students to learn about science, art and America's pastime while watching exciting baseball at the same time," said Rich Sipe, the principal of Oak Grove Elementary School in Albany.

For more information about Science & Art Day presented by da Vinci Days, please call the Corvallis Knights at (541) 752-5656.

The 24th annual da Vinci Days Festival is set for July 20-22 this summer. da Vinci Days is known for its creativity, scale, interactivity and diverse programming. The festival is designed to illustrate the region's best by invoking the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci as its symbol.

Click here to download a field trip permission form.