A Wild visit

Minnesota Wild hockey players Eric Haula, left, and Zack Mitchell, right, answered questions from South St. Paul Secondary eighth-grade students during an assembly at the school on Feb. 15. The Wild players also stressed how to work hard and believe in yourself to achieve future goals in life.

Hugo Morales talked with his eighth-grade science teacher, Kathleen Babich, during class at South St. Paul Secondary school on Feb. 15. The class used “Future Goals-Hockey Scholar” to teach students about science in sports.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, students at South St. Paul Secondary School received a special treat. Members of the Minnesota Wild visited the school to celebrate the usage of “Future Goals-Hockey Scholar.” 

The Future Goals program was launched by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association to stimulate student interest in STEM topics.

Principal Chuck Ochocki said this is an online computer program that uses hockey as a way to teach students different science, technology and mathematic lessons.

“It’s just a different way to teach kids about some of the science, technology, engineering and math they are learning in their classes but using hockey as the catalyst for their learning,” Ochocki said.

The Wild players spent time with the eighth-graders who use the Future Goals-Hockey Scholar computer program and observed them in the classroom.

Only one school was selected for the players’ visit. Ochocki said there are many kids who play sports, and this program opened up the idea there are multiple jobs that are not only playing hockey, but support the playing of hockey.

“To have the Wild say, ‘Hey, we’re coming,’ and to have the team select us was an honor,” Ochocki said.


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