Fall into STEM

September 19, 2017

As we’re gearing up for yet another holiday season, we have something new to look forward to this fall with classrooms around the country implementing our recently launched STEM program.

This year, we introduced a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program and curriculum, co-developed with Baylor University College of Medicine. We donated 500 Hess Toy Truck STEM kits to teachers nationwide, with each kit including our new STEM curriculum and 10 of the 2016 Hess Toy Truck and Dragster toys. The only thing teachers had to do was apply to receive the kit. We were floored and so honored by the overwhelming response of more than 10,000 teachers and principals around the country applying in the first 48 hours of the application process opening back in March. Classrooms in all 50 states were filled last spring with the sounds of delighted students playing – oops, we mean learning! – with the Hess Toy Truck. Parents at home also had the chance to take part in the educational fun as the curriculum was made available for free download and use for anyone who already had the Hess Toy Truck at home.

“I can’t thank Hess enough for this wonderful resource. Physical Science can be a bit dry for students so utilizing these resources will make the learning interactive and hands-on which are sure to positively impact learning,” said Mary Davy, a kit-winning teacher from Minnesota.

Jeffrey Faragasso at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in New York mentioned, “The Hess Toy Truck STEM curriculum kit was met with great fanfare when I first presented it to the children. Many of our students collect Hess trucks and needed no introduction to the toys. They were thrilled to learn that they would be used, in school, for STEM lessons.”

Rachel Bate at Valencia Elementary in New Mexico, shared with us this photo of her students setting up the lesson:

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Beth Eriksson at Vernon Elementary in Vermont: “We will be using them for years to come!”

Jacque Bird at Zion St. John Lutheran School in Iowa: “The students love when we put away our textbooks and break out (the) STEM kit… The students tend to retain much more information and have fun doing it!”

Judy Folmsbee at Fair Haven Grade School in Vermont: “I very much appreciate winning…  the students loved the activities and thoroughly enjoyed ‘playing’ and learning about force, friction, and speed. While students were ‘playing,’ they found themselves naturally asking questions and testing out their ideas. It was fun for me to see them willingly participate in an activity where they were vested in what they were doing and not realizing they were actually learning too.”

Leslie Lively at Short Line Elementary in West Virginia shared his experience with the program on Twitter:

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And here’s a Wheelie Poppin’ video too:

Kim Walter at Midway Elementary School in Georgia shared a photo of her students opening up their Hess Toy Truck STEM kits:

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The students at Helen Keeling Elementary in Arizona have been learning with the kits as well:

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And shot this great video:

https://www.facebook.com/AmphiSchools/videos/1150781528365581/

We always love seeing fans enjoying the Hess Toy Trucks. Now that the toys can be a part of children’s classrooms in a playful yet educational setting, it brings an additional meaning to what the Hess truck is all about. As Tara Plank at Zablocki Elementary School in Wisconsin wrote, “Education is the key to the future. The learning we were able to provide our students this year because of the Hess Toy Trucks will hopefully inspire our students to pursue careers in science, technology, math and engineering, but also instill the goodwill and kindness that the Hess company embodies.”

We couldn’t agree more. And, speaking of the future, be on the lookout for some upcoming news about the 2017 Hess Toy Truck and the future of the Hess STEM program. In the meantime, you can visit our STEM page and download the free curriculum.

Please continue to share your Hess Toy Truck moments on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages and don’t forget to tag @hesstoytruck as your story might be the next one to be featured on this blog! Sign up for alerts at hesstoytruck.com so you can be among the first to get the 2017 holiday Hess Toy Truck before it sells out. And, if you’re interested in the STEM program for the classroom or at home, be sure to follow us for news this fall.