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 2018 Hess Toy Truck STEM Kit Application Period Has Ended

Recipients have been selected and all applicants have been notified if they were selected or not. Emails were sent to the email address provided during the application process.


2018 STEM Kits will be delivered by March 15, 2019

REMINDER: A STEM Kit includes (12) 2018 Hess Toy Trucks to be used with the free downloadable 2018 Hess Toy Truck STEM curriculum available below.


Missed out on applying? You can still download all curriculums for free at the links below, and use any toy trucks you have on hand.


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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.

All Hess Toy Truck STEM curriculums are available for free download, and you can use any similar toy trucks you have on hand. Download the curriculums below.

2018 Curriculum

2018 Curriculum

Activities in this guide explore practical transportation issues, such as fuel efficiency, potential and kinetic energy for producing motion, and motorsports.

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 2018 Hess Toy Truck is sold out. Sign up for alerts in the footer below to stay updated on all Hess Toy Truck news!
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 2018 Hess Toy Truck?
A: Yes! A STEM curriculum with lessons specifically designed for the 2018 Hess Toy Truck is available for free download here.
Q: I didn't get to apply for a kit, how can I still participate?
A: You can download all curriculums for free at the links above and use any toy trucks you have on hand.
Q: I am not a teacher at a school, can I still apply?
A: STEM Kits will be awarded to educators teaching in verifiable school locations only. If you are interested in the curriculum for Scouting, library, before/after-school programs, homeschool, or similar organizations, you can still download the curriculums for free and use any toy trucks you have on hand.
Q: I am not sure what Tax ID number to provide. Is there a difference between Federal and State Tax IDs?
A: When it comes to a federal vs. state ID number, things can sometimes get confusing. A federal ID number is basically the same as an employer ID number, and is a unique set of nine digits (formatted 12-3456789) that defines your business as a working, tax-paying entity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) within the United States of America. You use your federal ID number to conduct tax-related tasks, such as opening a business bank account, or filing your business taxes in April. A state tax ID (which can have various formats depending on the state) is used solely for state tax reporting. They aren’t portable, so they are generally not requested by other agencies or third parties, including Hess.
Q: What is the difference between a Federal Tax ID Number and a Tax Exempt Number and what is required to apply for a STEM kit?
A: The federal tax identification number is nine (9) digits long and is issued in the following format: XX-XXXXXXX. Essentially, it is similar to a Social Security Number ("SSN") for an individual, but an EIN number is for businesses and entities. Many people confuse an EIN number with a tax exempt number, or believe that the two numbers are interchangeable. In fact, they are two completely separate and different numbers. An EIN number is a federal tax identification number issued by the IRS and is used to identify businesses and other entities operating in the United States. Generally, an EIN number is used to file various IRS business tax returns, open business bank accounts, obtain business licenses, etc. A tax exempt number is a number assigned by a state agency to identify the entity or organization as exempt from state sales taxes (if available). The IRS does not issue any numbers specific to tax exempt status.In order to apply for a STEM kit, you will need your institution's Federal Tax ID number.
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.