For Immediate Release: October 18, 2021

Weds. Oct. 20: Republic FC & SMUD Launch STEM-Based Board Game for 5th and 6th Graders, Tournament Begins at Taylor Street Elementary

For Use Through:
1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 20
                      Media Contact:
Grace Ogata-Beutler,

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  • Educational board game uses Republic FC’s team stats to teach and grow math skill for students
  • Game engages students in core STEM subjects and renewable energy through a simulated Republic FC soccer game
  • Through STEM Goals, students will learn about renewable energy and regional climate goals connected to SMUD’s 2030 Clean Energy Vision

Sacramento, Calif. – On Wednesday, October 20, Republic FC and SMUD are growing their partnership and launching a new tool for teachers to create excitement around math and science, and provide the region’s student with a new educational competition.

With the assistance of Learn Fresh, a non-profit dedicated to providing innovative STEM learning experiences, “STEM Goals” – a soccer-based math game has been developed exclusively, for Republic FC and SMUD, to launch in the classrooms of the Sacramento Region.

STEM Goals brings the world most popular game directly into the hands of students. The first-of-its-kind board game is a simulated soccer game where 5th and 6th graders answer age appropriate, standards-aligned questions across science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines, working up and down the field to score goals using stats from Republic FC players. Chance and action cards give students the opportunity to learn more about soccer.

To kick off the first season of STEM Goals, Republic FC and SMUD are launching a ten-school tournament, where teachers will utilize the board game as a tool in their lesson plans and instruction, leading up to a final tournament.

The competition kicks off on Wednesday, October 20, at Taylor Street Elementary School will begin host their first competition for 5th and 6th graders in the Robla Unified School District. The top two players will face off against two members from Republic FC’s first team.

Each school will send its champions to the STEM Goals Cup Final, to be held next year when Republic FC season kicks off at Heart Health Park. Through a partnership with the PEAR Institute at Harvard, all of the STEM Goals participants will have an opportunity to participate in a skills assessment to see their growth through the game.

What: Launch of STEM Goals : Republic FC and SMUD’s new board game to encourage learning around science, technology, and renewable energy using soccer.

Wednesday, October 20 – 1:00 p.m.
B-Roll and game play to begin at 1:00 p.m.
Availability with select speakers at 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Taylor Street Elementary School --- 4350 Taylor St, Sacramento, CA 95838 

Todd Dunivant, General Manager & President, Republic FC
Select players from Republic FC
Ruben Reyes, Superintendent, Robla Unified School District


For additional information and logistics, contact Grace Ogata-Beutler,