FEBRUARY FLASHBACK: Connecting Minnesota to the Power of STEM

Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. The building blocks of our world and today’s childhood education. Now, more than ever, parents and educators are looking for tools to support students’ understanding of these critical 21st Century skills. To encourage exploration and build STEM curiosity in communities, UnitedHealthcare and Discovery Education hosted a STEM Community Night with Hopkins Public Schools in Hopkins, MN last month.

The event, hosted at Eisenhower Elementary, demonstrated how educators, students, and the local community can collaborate to inspire the next generation of innovators. Ten hands-on activity stations encouraged community collaboration while igniting students’ curiosity. Throughout the night, more than 200 participants discovered how a culture of STEM promotes problem-solving and collaboration, and success in education, careers, and life

Through experimentation and play, students had the opportunity to practice problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity. The stations included everything from making their own bubble solution to using air pressure to build a paper straw rocket. Employee volunteers from UnitedHealthcare were directly engaged with students throughout the event and families took home basil-growing kits from their featured booth, The Science of Cooking.

Why Minnesota and UnitedHealthcare? UnitedHealthcare provided a three-year, $450,000 grant to Discovery Education to deliver access to Discovery Education Experience—a dynamic and curated collection of on-demand, standards-aligned K-12 curriculum resources customizable to the needs of educators and students—in seventy schools across the Twin Cities metro area. Support from UnitedHealthcare is making great schools even better. As an award-winning school district, Hopkins has a long tradition of excellence in every school for each student. Together, Hopkins, UnitedHealthcare, and Discovery Education are immersing schools and families in STEM and illuminating the positive impacts of STEM-thinking on communities.

For Educators and parents looking for STEM-related activities to assign while many students are at home over these next few weeks, we encourage you to view our free online learning tools – built to continue the learning beyond the classroom and keep curiosity continuing. Here, we have curated some of our most popular resources for all visitors at no cost.

United Healthcare’s resources are available through Discovery Education Experience. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. For more information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource guide dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s needs. 

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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