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Hockey Scholar program teaches us about STEM

Islanders mascot Sparky with Kidsday reporter John King

Islanders mascot Sparky with Kidsday reporter John King at the team's practice for Hockey Scholar students. Credit: King family

As fifth-grade students, we participated in the EverFi Future Goals Hockey Scholar program. This online program connects science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM activities, to the real world.

EverFi (everfi.com) worked with the NHL and NHL players’ association to create the Hockey Scholar program in 2014. The NHL made a commitment to STEM education, and EverFi was able to bring the program to all students in the United States and Canada.

The NHL clubs promote the Hockey Scholar program to students in their cities. Here on Long Island, the Islanders support the program. Since the program began, more than 1.7 million students have participated. The STEM activities range in difficulty and are meant for grades 5 to 7.

The Islanders value the program and look to spread the word so more schools can use it in their classrooms. As fifth-graders, we not only use the STEM activities in our classes but we also were able to go visit the Islanders and watch a team practice. During the practice, we had discussions about how hockey provides many examples of science, technology, engineering and math. We even got to meet the Islanders mascot, Sparky.

All students who attended the practice were then given four tickets each to attend an Islander game. We went with a group of our friends to see the Islanders vs. the Ottawa Senators — it was a great experience.

We love using this program, and the activities are challenging and fun! We think you should ask your teacher to check out the Future Goals Hockey Scholar program for your school!

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