The Carolina Hurricanes hosted 80 middle-school students from Wake and Durham counties at PNC Arena for the inaugural Hurricanes STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Day on Wednesday, March 20. In partnership with CREE Wolfspeed, a local electronics and technology company, the event rewarded high-performing students for their active participation in STEM-based curriculum and interest in future STEM disciplines and careers.
STEM Day served to reinforce important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and to better explain the real-world application of these disciplines.
Canes staff members provided the students the opportunity to take the ice at PNC Arena to participate in hands-on learning stations to demonstrate how STEM is applied in the game of hockey - from equipment to slap shots to ice resurfacers.
CREE Wolfspeed staff were on hand to demonstrate to students how they develop and utilize SiC Power Semiconductor Device and Materials technology to address the critically important needs of the future in energy (e.g., solar, wind, power grid, and power electronics) and transportation (i.e., Electric Vehicles, Electric Trains, and Electric Ships).
The students were able to take in four on-ice hockey stations and four Cree Wolfspeed stations, where they discovered and learned:
- How the ice playing surface is made, maintained, and its thickness
- Angles, force, and friction by taking shots on goal and off the boards
- Kinetic and potential energy involved in a face off while dropping the puck at center ice
- How atoms are turned into SiC semiconductor device technology that powers modern 5G networks and Electric Vehicles (EVs). It is estimated that within 10-12 years (probably sooner), over one-third of all vehicles produced on this planet will be Electric Vehicles
- How CREE color LED's are used to create a white light like the kind that is seen in schools and workplaces across the world, as well as the full spectrum CREE lights that shine on center ice at PNC Arena
Each student received a t-shirt and authentic puck to take home as a souvenir from the event.