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All-Star Virtual Field Trip

There’s nothing more exciting than going to an NBA game… but have you ever considered what it takes to bring that experience to life? Join Discovery Education and the NBA for a Virtual Field Trip to the All-Star Game. This exciting 30-minute program will give students a glimpse behind the scenes and help them learn how NBA staff use STEM skills in their work each and every day!

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The Game Plan

  • Join Head of Referee Development and Training Monty McCutchen at the NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, NJ for a conversation about his career pathway and how technology impacts his job on and off the court
  • Meet Iveta Karapetian from the NBA’s Digital Content Strategy and Analytics team, who will share how math and science impact the way fans experience the game of basketball
  • Travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to hear from Hornets Forward, Marvin Williams, who will share how STEM plays into his game
  • Learn how Arena Events and Operations employees Trista Langdon and Alex MacKenzie use math and engineering to make sure all events at the Hornets Sports and Entertainment complex go off without a hitch

Key Players

Marvin Williams

Forward, Charlotte Hornets

Monty McCutchen

Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training, National Basketball Association

Iveta Karapetian

Digital Content Strategy & Analytics, National Basketball Association

Trista Langdon & Alex MacKenzie

Arena Events & Operations, Hornets Sports and Entertainment

NBA Careers That Count Virtual Field Trip

All-Star Virtual Field Trip Companion Guide

Use this Companion Guide to explore concepts related to the the All-Star Virtual Field Trip (VFT). Educators may choose to complete one or all of these activities before, during, or after the VFT.

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← Use this recording of last year’s NBA Careers That Count VFT to complete Activity #1 | Career Panel.

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Content Collection

Once you’ve logged into Discovery Education, type “NBA Content Collection” in search to access lesson starters by grade band, basketball-themed content & videos, and activities. Plus, you’ll have access to primary source images and videos directly from the NBA archive.

NBA Analysis Tool

For a limited time, all subscribers (including trial users), will have access to the NBA Analysis Tool, which allows students to gather and analyze NBA and WNBA statistical categories, follow a favorite player or team, and predict player performance throughout the season. Students will have fun as they grow their understanding of how essential math is to the game of basketball.

Simply log into Discovery Education with your user name and password to find more ways to explore these resources. Not a current Discovery Education user? No problem. Start a free trial at

Student Outcomes

During this 30-minute program, students will:

  • Explore career pathways related to STEM and basketball
  • Explore STEM concepts relevant to these career pathways that are appropriate for middle school students, and see how they are brought to life through on-the-job footage and dialogue
  • Learn about how STEM is critical to many aspects of basketball and to the success of the highlighted career pathways

Demo NBA Math Problems

Get Involved On The Court With The Jr. NBA

From the classroom to the court, the NBA is committed to providing educational and fun opportunities for youth to engage with the game of basketball. The Jr. NBA is the NBA’s youth basketball participation program for boys and girls ages 6-14, which helps grow and improve the youth basketball experience for all. The Jr. NBA teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game, including teamwork, respect, determination and community – values that are critical on the court and in the classroom. Schools can register for the Jr. NBA program at no cost, and participating schools will receive up-to-date information about opportunities and resources that are available to official Jr. NBA member organizations.

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