Ottawa – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators), Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), along with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®), have announced the launch of Future Goals,™ a new hockey-themed digital educational course available to students and teachers in the national capital region.
The Future Goals - Hockey Scholar course takes students on an exciting educational journey with a goal of winning the Stanley Cup. As they guide their team, students complete 12 learning modules that educate them and test their knowledge on core STEM concepts covering data analysis, geometry, life science and physical science topics. These topics come to life through real hockey examples that include the dynamics of the ice surface, equipment design, athletic performance, in addition to geometric and energy considerations to how the game is played.
“Since 2003, the Ottawa Senators and Ottawa Senators Foundation have been committed to helping teachers motivate and reward their students in the classroom through hockey themed programs and lesson plans,” said Cyril Leeder, Senators’ president and Ottawa Senators Foundation vice-chair. “More than 1,600 classes currently participate in our Sens@School program and the addition of the Future Goals program will provide teachers another opportunity to engage their students by using the science of hockey to inspire learning about STEM concepts.”
The Future Goals program is planning significant expansion this academic year and is on target to reach well over one million students in North America within three years.
“The level of engagement in this program from the league, the players and their clubs is unprecedented in the sports world,” said EverFi co-founder and chief strategy officer Jon Chapman. “What’s most important is how this partnership is making a difference for thousands of students and teachers across North America.”
To celebrate the launch of the new Hockey Scholar course, Ottawa Senators players Milan Michalek and Chris Phillips and Senators Alumni Shaun Van Allen visited students at Goulbourn Middle School. The players interacted with students who are actively using the program in the classroom, then participated in an assembly with 300 students where they connected content learned in Hockey Scholar to their on ice experience.
Hockey Scholar meets math and science standards and is freely available to elementary and middle schools across North America. The course was developed by Washington, D.C.-based EverFi, the critical skills education leader that has certified more than 12 million learners.
More information on Future Goals™ can be found at futuregoals.nhl.com/senators.
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