Hess Stem

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

Committed to helping prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, HESS STEM engages them in practical experiences that demonstrate how these concepts apply in the real world.

The Application Period for a 2017 Hess Toy Truck STEM Kit has Closed.

All applicants have been notified whether they were selected or not.

Baylor College of Medicine Hess Corporation

Hess Corporation and Baylor College of Medicine have partnered in a STEM Educational Outreach program. The program offers FREE learning kits which include Hess Toy Trucks along with a STEM Curriculum that demonstrates how the toys can be used as learning tools by teachers nationwide.

We are not currently accepting applications, however you can still download the FREE 2017 & 2016 curriculum and use any similar toy trucks you have on hand.

2017 Curriculum

2017 Curriculum

To prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, students must learn STEM concepts and engage in practical experiences that demonstrate how these concepts apply in the real world.

2016 Curriculum

2016 Curriculum

Each activity explores different aspects of simple and compound machines. Teachers are provided with an explanation of mechanical advantage.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I get this year's Hess Toy Truck?
A: The 2017 Hess Toy Truck is sold out! We hold a limited number of trucks for donations and STEM grants but they are no longer available for purchase. However, the tradition continues this year with 3 separate product releases! The 2018 Mini Collection goes on sale June 1st, the 2018 Collector's Edition goes on sale October 1st, and the 2018 Holiday Toy Truck goes on sale November 1st. Make sure to sign up for alerts so you don't miss out!
Q: What is Hess STEM?
A: A program designed to help students learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics using the iconic Hess Toy Truck as a learning tool.
Q: Who designed the curriculum and how do we know it is educational?
A: The curriculum was designed by the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Educational Outreach as part of its broader goal to improve science, teaching, and learning. Details can be found here.
Q: How much are the STEM kits?
A: The STEM kits that we grant to qualifying and selected teachers are provided as a donation to the school. You cannot purchase a STEM kit.
Q: Is there a STEM curriculum featuring the 2017 Hess Toy Truck?
A: Yes! A STEM curriculum with lessons specifically designed for the 2017 Hess Toy Truck is available for free download here.
Q: Why didn't I get a free Hess STEM kit even though I applied last year and this year?
A: Like last year, we had an enormous response to our STEM program application and a limited number of kits available. Although you were not selected to receive the kit, you can still download the curriculum for free here and apply the lessons to any Hess Toy Truck you have on hand.
Q: When do I find out if my application was selected to receive a STEM kit?
A: All applicants have been notified, whether selected or not. If you did not receive an email from us it may have ended up in your junk/spam folders. Kits were mailed to those selected at the end of March.
Q: I didn't get to apply for a kit last year or this year, how do I participate?
A: You can still download both curriculums for free (click here: 2017 and 2016), and apply the lessons to any toy truck you have on hand. Be sure to sign up for Hess Toy Truck alerts below so you don't miss out on next year's application period.
Q: What grade level is the kit designed for?
A: The curriculum is designed for grades 4-6, but it can be adjusted for other grade levels. It works best for grades 3-8.
Q: Can I still request a free kit or a free Hess Toy Truck for personal use or fundraising purposes?
A: While we get many requests for product or financial gifts, Hess has a specific donation and gifting plan which we stick to.