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Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference

John Drazan

Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Using Analytics to Broaden the Appeal of

Math and Science Among Youth

Although I didn’t enjoy math or science in high school, exposure to sport science and analytics transformed my perception of STEM. This motivated me to study physics and play basketball in college and pursue a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering where I studied biomechanics. Sports science and analytics is uniquely positioned to engage youth in STEM without a preexisting interest due to its direct application to youth sports. In this talk I will discuss the potential of sports analytics to be bigger than wins and losses by transforming the way we recruit the next generation of scientists and engineers. Attendees will learn how analytics can be deployed in youth sports, how to use sports analytics to broaden access to STEM careers, and issues in the STEM pipeline that lead to a lack of diversity in STEM and analytics.

John Drazan is a lecturer in biomedical engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to his biomedical research, John is the STEM director for 4th Family Inc, where he engages urban students in STEM outreach using sports science and analytics. As STEM director, John has assembled a diverse team of academics, teachers, basketball coaches, and players united by a common goal of broadening educational opportunity for our youth through a shared love of sports. His work in STEM outreach has won several major awards including the “Best Research Paper” at the MIT-Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the NSF GK12 Fellowship, and the NIH-IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Follow John on Twitter

Listen to a podcast interview with John and GLASC director Scott Tappa

Watch a video of John's 2018 GLASC presentation

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