Longwood Middle School sixth-grade students recently attended an in-season practice of the New York Islanders as part of a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. Funded by the New York Islanders, the Future Goals Hockey Scholar program inspires student interest in STEM initiatives through the exploration of real life hockey concepts.
In preparation for the event, students participated in online learning modules which leverage game-based simulation including, rates and ratios; states of matter; force and energy.
In partnership with EverFi, the nation’s leading critical skills education platform, the Future Goals Program teaches important skills that help students prepare for success in life. Using the fast-paced, exciting game of hockey as a learning vehicle, the program helps students understand the real-world applications of science and math principles.
“My experience at the Islanders practice was indescribable,” said sixth-grade student Cassie Edwards. “Being able to see the player’s practice was amazing, and seeing them doing the moves we are learning about with the EverFi program, made it even that much cooler.”
In addition to watching the Islanders practice, the students participated in STEM trivia and joined in a panel discussion with Islander staff members who discussed how STEM closely relates to their chosen professions.