Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) announced today that it will donate Hess Toy Trucks and STEM education kits to every elementary school in North Dakota for the second straight year, totaling approximately 6,700 trucks in all. Aligning with the state’s Strategic Vision for education, Hess has again partnered with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to find new opportunities for interactive teaching and learning. The STEM curriculum guide, designed by Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Educational Outreach, uses the 2019 model of the iconic toy as a learning tool that introduces elementary age students to different STEM concepts in a fun and engaging way.
Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent of Public Instruction noted that, “The Hess truck is one of the most enduring and well-known children’s toys in our country, and I applaud the company’s continued efforts in using it to help teach our elementary school students about science, engineering, technology and math. These trucks and the accompanying teaching materials show our young people about the importance of energy efficiency, kinetic energy, design concepts, and other aspects of STEM. I am grateful for the company’s generosity in donating to our North Dakota elementary schools for this project.”
Brent Lohnes, General Manager for North Dakota said, “Hess’ mission is to be the most trusted energy partner wherever we operate and to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. We are proud to play a role in North Dakota supporting education and STEM.”
Hess will ship the Toy Trucks and STEM kits directly to each elementary school in December, and teachers will be able to use the materials as part of their curriculum going forward. The Hess Toy Truck has been a holiday tradition since 1964 and is one of the longest running toy brands in the U.S.