The Detroit Red Wings and Chevrolet will welcome more than 300 students and educators from the Detroit Public Schools Community District to experience STEM Day at Little Caesars Arena on Monday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The event celebrates and rewards students for their participation in the Future Goals - Hockey Scholar™ program, a hockey-themed educational course that takes students on an exciting educational journey with a goal of winning the Stanley Cup. This no-cost program is provided to schools by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the Detroit Red Wings. The program is designed to enable elementary and middle school students to develop important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and understand the real-world application of these disciplines.
In support of future educational endeavors, the Red Wings and Chevrolet will donate $30,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to purchase technology equipment for each attending school. STEM Day and the donation from the Red Wings and Chevrolet is part of a long-term, community impact investment within Metro Detroit. Future collaborative efforts this season include road and bicycle safety for DPSCD students, as well as a community revitalization project.
“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,” said Olympia Entertainment President and CEO Tom Wilson. “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.”
During Monday’s STEM Day, 5th through 8th grade students and their educators will be provided an opportunity to learn how STEM interacts with careers in the hockey and automotive industries. Additionally, the attendees will be welcomed by Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill to experience a live team practice, which features educational elements learned within Hockey Scholar™ modules.
Students and educators attending STEM Day at Little Caesars Arena were selected based on participation in the program. Attending DPSCD schools include: Academy of the Americas; Bates Academy; Harms Elementary School; Davison Elementary-Middle School; Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School; Clark Preparatory; Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School; A.L. Holmes Academy; Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy; and Cooke Elementary School.
So far this season, more than 3,000 students at 25 schools have participated in the Red Wings Future Goals Program™ within the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Since the program’s launch in September 2014, the initiative has reached more than 53,000 students across Michigan.