Ministry Health Care Partners with Dream Flight STEM Shuttle For Out of this World Experience
January 30, 2015
Students throughout Wisconsin now have the opportunity to participate in an out of this world exercise experience thanks to an innovative partnership between the Dream Flight USA Foundation and Ministry Health Care.
Ministry is the latest partner to support Dream Flight’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Shuttle, The Spirit of Education which travels to schools throughout the Midwest from its launch pad in Mosinee.
Its Mission: to motivate children in the elementary grades to learn with hands on activities at themed workstations onboard the 45-foot long converted coach bus.
Ministry Health Care’s workstation focuses on the importance of exercise with an activity booklet, provides participants the opportunity to test their grip strength with a dynamometer and outlines how astronauts need to exercise while in space.
“The addition of the importance of healthy activities into the STEM shuttle curriculum provides a wonderful opportunity to reach students and their families,” said Tom Weaver, public and community relations manager for Ministry Health Care in Weston. “We take for granted that kids are active, but today's lifestyles might not provide children with adequate physical activity that their growing bodies need and every opportunity to include this information helps promote its importance.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children participate in moderately strenuous activity for at least 60 minutes a day. Deciding to be an active family takes some deliberate actions. Parents and grandparents must choose to incorporate physical activity into their family lifestyle early in childhood. As children get older, their participation in physical activity declines.
“We are excited to have Ministry Health Care join us as a sponsor of our mission to educate students,” said Nick Ryan, Dream Flight USA executive director. “The exercise information and activity compliments our program and provides good information to our participants on each mission.”
The STEM shuttle this week started a two week mission in the DC Everest School District.
The Sprit of Education visits communities in Wisconsin and occasionally outside the state as well. For more information, please contact the Dreamflight Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.