Sports can help with getting students interested in school subjects, and in Canada, hockey players are showing students some practical math applications related to the sport.
The Vancouver Canucks are spending time at an elementary school to launch a “Hockey Scholar” Course that uses the sport to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s part of a larger “Future Goals” program, which has a reach of 375,000 students in North America. The idea is that STEM subjects can become more interesting with a little star power.
At Lord Selkirk Elementary in Vancouver, one student asked players how to use angles when on the ice.
“I think when you pass off the boards, you have to know the angle to make a good pass,” replied forward Daniel Sedin, a former Art Ross Trophy winner.
“The kids love it,” said Sedin. “I think it’s a great way of learning too. I think most kids like hockey and if they can include that into learning, they seem to have fun and I think when they have fun it’s easier taking everything in.”