The league and the National Hockey League Players’ Association are providing free remote access to Hockey Scholar, a hockey-themed STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum for elementary and middle-school-aged students.
The NHL and the NHLPA said over 3.1 million students have participated in the Future Goals program since it debuted in 2014, accounting for more than 6.5 million hours of learning.
Students who participated in the program saw their STEM skills rise 82%, while 93% of teachers who incorporated it into their coursework said they would recommend the program to fellow teachers.
For the first time since its debut, Hockey Scholar will be available for both teachers and parents.
The league and the association said, “Amid school closures, many parents are challenged with educating their children while they’re away from the classroom, and this expanded access to the Hockey Scholar program provides families with educational resources to support them.”
Select NHL players will also take part in helping teachers, parents and students connect and interact with the materials.
Students who complete the 12 learning modules in the program will also be introduced to STEM-related careers in hockey.
Activities that are part of the Future Goals program include:
- Exploring the engineering behind equipment such as skates, sticks and goalie pads.
- Calculating the surface area and volume of the ice.
- Reviewing the different states of matter (solid, liquid and gas).
- Analysis of geometric constructions and how angles are a key component of the game.
- Examination of mass, velocity and kinetic energy premised on player speed and game dynamics.
The NHL and NHLPA said families looking for more information can find it here, and they can also follow the conversation on social media by searching for the #HockeyAtHome and #HockeyScholar hashtags.