STEM Education Modules

Field Trip Education Modules

Please note: As The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon Technologies is not currently hosting in-person field trips during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are tailoring many of our modules to host remote online “field trips” that will allow schools to choose from the following modules tailored for an online format:

  • How Does the Equipment Ship? | Grade level: 3-5
  • Hands Down | Grade level: 3-5
  • Build a Team | Grade level: 5-8
  • Helmet Design Challenge | Grade level: 5-8
  • Nutrition and Performance | Grade level: 5-8
  • Marketing and The Hall | Grade level: 9-12
  • Sports Journalism | Grade levels: 2-3 and 9-12

The online experience will also include information about The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon Technologies and a demonstration featuring items from The Hall’s archival collection. Please see below for module descriptions and note that they have been adjusted to make them online-friendly for students either in a classroom or learning remotely at home. Please email education@patriots.com with any questions or for more information. 

 

How Does the Equipment Ship? | Grade level: 3-5

In this math-focused program, students work on a team of 3-4 members to ship authentic player equipment to various locations. Students are asked to select specific equipment, including helmets, cleats and uniforms and then determine, using estimation, the correct box size for shipping. They are asked to assemble the box, estimate its weight and determine the best shipping method and estimated cost.

Hands Down | Grade level: 3-5

In this engineering activity, students are asked to evaluate the pros and cons of integrating hand recognition biometric technology into the security system for The Hall and its surrounding facilities. They assess hand geometry codes and the technology required to interpret the code to determine whether those codes would be the right choice for a new security system. As engineers, each “security evaluation” team presents its recommendations.

Build a Team | Grade level: 5-8

In this math-focused program, students are asked to join their classmates and serve on the management team of a new NFL franchise. Using budgets, salary information and statistics from the National Football League, students analyze players’ strengths, weaknesses and salaries to assemble the best offensive unit. They also are asked to select a team name, design a logo, decide elements to include in a new stadium and present their selections in a press conference.

Helmet Design Challenge | Grade level: 5-8

In this engineering design challenge, students explore, select and arrange materials they feel provide the necessary shell or cushioning for a model helmet. Students are provided with a limited choice of materials and time to respond to the specific challenge. They test their solutions and report on their results using the engineering design process.

Nutrition and Performance | Grade level: 5-8

Students step into the role of a sports nutritionist as they learn how nutrition affects performance in this STEM-focused module. As small student groups “meet” a client with a unique set of physical traits, evaluate the clients’ daily eating pattern, and make suggestions about how to better align it with the latest in nutrition science-based recommendations, they find out the two critical roles food plays in athletic (and other types of) performance, learn to think about the human body as a system, and consider how some of this system’s inputs impact the output (performance) of the athlete. In highly accessible ways, students even get a taste of how scientific observation, mathematical modelling, and an understanding of the nature of variables come into play in the field of nutrition science.

Other Modules

Marketing and The Hall | Grade level: 9-12

This program offers high school students and opportunity to utilize the Four Ps of marketing. Students present their marketing strategies for promoting The Hall, a related product/venue or promotional activity to a Patriots marketing professional during their visit to The Hall. They receive professional feedback following their presentations and have a question and answer period.

Sports Journalism | Grade level: 9-12

This module asks student to represent different mediums – newspaper, radio or TV – for a specific audience. The students are then given information about a Patriots game, including statistics, notes and quotes. Then each group, depending on their assigned outlet, will write a story for their respective audience. Students learn the difference between print and broadcast mediums and learn about how to present their stories to that audience. They also cover journalism basics and how a sports story might differ from a straight news story as well as how technology has changed coverage. This module can also be adapted for younger students. Please contact our education coordinator (below) for additional information.

For more information regarding our STEM Education modules, please contact our Education Coordinator, Moriah Illsley at education@patriots.com.