The Storm had partnered with Microsoft to host Storm Into S.T.E.M. on July 10th, a game focused on youth education and S.T.E.M in the Puget Sound region. The event included an interactive pregame student-run robotics & S.T.E.M. showcase that encouraged thousands of kids to see how these activities fit into their daily lives and encouraged STEM careers and interests as they progress through school.
As part of the educational day, youth in attendance could participate in hands-on math and S.T.E.M. related activities, including using math to determine if they would be able to dunk on the moon using force plates that measure the mechanics of their jump. Microsoft had a hands-on experience on the concourse that allowed students to build robotic models to understand the anatomy and biomechanics of the human hand and conduct trials visualizing data to generate ideas and improve its performance.
Along with Microsoft, XBOT Robotics, iFLY and KidsQuest Children’s Museum also attendanced on July 10, assisting with S.T.E.M. activities throughout KeyArena. The S.T.E.M. showcase began at 11:00 AM on the concourse and the Storm game tip-off at 12:00 PM. Each game attendee received a workbook featuring basketball-themed S.T.E.M. practice problems.