Learning the Science of Hockey


The Cleveland Monsters hockey team and the Great Lakes Science Center have teamed up for the second year of a STEM learning program in school districts across the Greater Cleveland area, and second graders at Gilles-Sweet Elementary are excited to be selected to be part of the action. 


The program kicked off with a special visit from Monsters players and their mascot Sully and professionals from the Great Lakes Science Center on October 23. 


The program includes a five-hour curriculum focused on engaging students in the areas of literacy, math, science, and physical fitness through hands-on activities related to the sport of hockey. Students will be tasked with investigating the physics behind the game, measures taken to enhance physical fitness and improve player safety, along with other related topics. Upon completing the program, students will present their findings to their classmates and learn about various careers in the professional sports industry. 


Schools will receive classroom STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Kits in an expansion of the team’s ‘Science of Hockey’ program that includes all the necessary items to complete the program including materials to build a mock tabletop hockey rink. A digital version of the curriculum will also be made available for all participating classrooms.


The content and curriculum of the program is developed by STEM Learning professionals at the Great Lakes Science Center and adheres to Ohio’s State Learning Standards for the second grade.  

Upon completion of the curriculum, all students will be invited to attend a future Monsters game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Fans can learn more about the STEM program by visiting www.clevelandmonsters.com/STEM



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