Illuminating the Power of STEM in Hopkins, Minnesota With UnitedHealthcare

Feb 28, 2020 2:40 PM ET

Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. The building blocks of our world and today’s childhood education. Even with the big focus, STEM can still be intimidating for students, teachers, and families alike. To encourage exploration and build STEM curiosity in communities, Discovery Education and its partners host STEM Community Nights across the country. These special events feature fun, hands-on activities for learners of all ages and support the creation of STEM culture in local communities.  

On February 26, UnitedHealthcare and Discovery Education hosted a STEM Community Night with Hopkins Public Schools in Hopkins, Minnesota. The event, hosted at Eisenhower Elementary, demonstrated how educators, students, and the local community 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.