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On February 5th, the Detroit Red Wings partnered with Chevrolet to host STEM day at the Little Caesar’s Arena. More than 300 Detroit school students and staff members participated. The event was held in honor of the students that were a part of the Future Goals – Hockey ScholarTM program. This program is an education course that tries to educate children with an interesting twist, it is hockey themed. The program was offered for free to everyone and was jointly funded and run by the NHLPA and the NHL in the conjunction with Detroit’s own hockey team. This activity was created to allow kids of middle school age and younger to develop in many different fields of studies. STEM is used to represent a number of different fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. The knowledge helps the students develop a number of key disciplines and link them with applications in the real word. Perhaps one of the most exciting activities was the end of the program were the children finished by clinching the Stanley Cup.

The Future

To continue the program further on, both Chevrolet and the Detroit Red Wings have pledged an amount of $ 30,000 for the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The money will be used by the foundation to buy better equipment and better technological devices for the schools that are part of the STEM Day initiative. The program hopes to expand beyond the schooling initiative and help improve the infrastructure of the city of Detroit.

Tom Wilson, the President of Olympia Entertainment had this to say, “We are thrilled to partner with Chevrolet and the Detroit Public Schools Community District to host STEM Day at Little Caesars Arena, and to donate to a great cause providing students with additional resources for hands-on learning.” He continued, “Hockey Scholar™ is a tremendous initiative, and we look forward to the students and educators in attendance enjoying a memorable day learning how STEM skills are applied both on and off the ice.” [1]

Stem Day

During STEM Day, students from 5th to 8th grade, and their instructors, were able to learn the way STEM is associated with hockey and other industries like the automotive industry. One of the main guests of the day was the head coach of the Red Wings, Jeff Blashill. Mr. Blashill even helped the attendees perform an exercise that displayed how hockey can be integrated with educational lessons.

The Red Wings Future Goals ProgramTM  has helped more than 3000 students in this season alone. Overall, more than fifty-three thousand students all around the state of Michigan have participated in the project. With the involvement of a major company like Chevrolet, one can only expect the program to grow even further. This will lead to immense benefits for the students as well as the state of Michigan.

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(Via ABCnews)