On January 10, Raytheon teamed up with the LA Kings to teach our students about the “Science of Hockey.” Raytheon organized the event which combined the knowledge of their engineers with the talents of defenseman Alec Martinez and goaltender Ben Scrivens to demonstrate the science and math behind the sport to nearly 100 middle school students at our San Pedro Club. The event also celebrated Raytheon’s generous $5,000 donation to improve and expand our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming.
Our students were given the opportunity to learn directly from professional athletes and Raytheon’s engineers. They saw real world applications of the science and math lessons they are currently learning in school and at our Club. Former LA Kings players, Jim Fox and Daryl Evans, now media analysts for the team, kicked things off with a brief speech to our youth about the importance of the lessons they were about to experience. Exciting demonstrations of classroom lessons are very rare and unique opportunities. Events like Raytheon’s “Science of Hockey,” part of their MathMovesU program, inspire our students to be more engaged in their lessons and bring their studies to life.
The LA Kings Chariot brought professional hockey equipment for the demonstration and the Ice Crew assisted as Martinez, Scrivens, Fox and Evans worked with Raytheon engineers to help students understand the teachings behind complicated hockey moves, like puck velocity. We definitely have more students interested in hockey and engineering due to the experience, and the LA Kings have many new young fans.