As part of SAP’s four-year, $375,000 partnership with the Sharks Foundation, the Tech Museum kicked off it’s very first ice hockey themed hands-on exhibit, Innovation on Ice. On March 8, 15 SAP Silicon Valley volunteers worked alongside 1,300 students as they experimented at the exhibit, learning the physics of ice skating by testing the effects different materials have on friction. This engineering design challenge was created to give more visitors access to STEM education and sports-themed science activities.
As John McGee, Managing Director, West Region, SAP North America noted, “SAP is committed to equipping young people with the skills and experiences they need for successful careers in the digital economy. By partnering with The Tech and the Sharks Foundation on this program we’re able to show young people that STEM skills are applicable to everything around us, from designing sports equipment to developing software.”
The Innovation on Ice exhibit will inspire students and families with science and technology in a fun and interactive way. To create their own hockey skate blades, guests replaced the traditional steel blade with CDs, plastics, foams and other familiar materials. To test their creations, the Tech Museum created a custom SAP and Sharks Foundation track which monitors skate speed.
“This activity is a new and exciting tool to encourage our visitors to see their ability to use technology to solve big problems. Making connections and igniting passions through sports and our downtown neighbors, the San Jose Sharks and SAP, is a great bonus,” said Prinda Wanakule, Director of Experience Development and Prototyping.
SAP volunteers enjoyed interacting with students from all areas of San Jose but were particularly encouraged to assist those from Title l schools. Because these students rarely have the opportunity to take field trips with their classes, SAP and the Sharks Foundation were grateful to provide this experience at the Tech Museum and look forward to continuing their commitment to bringing technology and STEM education closer to the community.
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the Capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.
About the Sharks Foundation
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development. The Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 and since then has donated $8.6 million to more than 160 non-profit groups in Santa Clara County including $1.4 million during the 2014-15 season. To learn more about how the Sharks Foundation is helping underserved children and families in the community, visit sharks foundation.org.