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The Science of Hockey to Open April 2

Monday, 03.23.2009 / 7:33 PM / News
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The Science of Hockey to Open April 2

The Anaheim Ducks, in partnership with the NHL and USA Hockey, will open a brand new exhibit at the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC). Entitled the Science of Hockey, the 3,000 square foot permanent space is located at DSC’s facility in Santa Ana, CA, and is the largest interactive and educational hockey exhibition in the United States. An exclusive premiere will be held Saturday, Mar. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The Science of Hockey exhibit opens to the public on Thursday, Apr. 2. The Samueli Foundation and Anaheim Ducks Foundation contributed $2 million to fund the project.

For more on The Science of Hockey, visit the Discovery Science Center website

“We are so pleased that the team, the NHL, USA Hockey and the Discovery Science Center joined forces to create this truly innovative educational exhibit,” said Ducks CEO Michael Schulman. “This is a terrific opportunity for entire families to learn basic scientific principles centered on the game of hockey.”

Said Joe Adams, president of Discovery Science Center, “We have partnered with a true champion on this exhibit. This is an exciting time for Discovery Science Center and for the students, teachers and parents of Southern California, as we open a permanent exhibition highlighting science using the excitement of hockey.”

On Saturday, Mar. 28 at 6:30 p.m., the Ducks, the NHL, DSC and USA Hockey will come together to celebrate the Science of Hockey at an exclusive premiere. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean, and other League and media personalities will attend this special event, commemorating another giant step forward in the growth of hockey in Southern California. Attendees will have the opportunity to catch a sneak peek of the exhibit during this evening, prior to the general public opening.

"In many ways, the magic of hockey lies in the mastery of the math and science that are so much a part of our game,” said Bettman. “We are delighted the Discovery Science Center has used hockey to demonstrate science and math in an educational and entertaining way."

Added Ogrean, "We could not be more excited to see the vision of the Science of Hockey exhibit come to life. Anaheim has set a wonderful standard in furthering science education through the sport of hockey."

Located on DSC’s second floor, the Science of Hockey turns the excitement of a hockey game into an interactive learning experience. Opening to the public on Thursday, Apr. 2, visitors to the state-of-the-art exhibit will explore how physics and physiology relate to the game. The exhibition was developed for ages eight and up, with most of the science derived from fifth grade level curriculum. Divided into two parts, the Ice Rink portion of the Science of Hockey includes science lessons taught through elements visible within Honda Center during a Ducks game. Such lessons include discovering the properties of ice while riding a Zamboni®, learning fractions and percentages by utilizing clocks and calculators inside the “Penalty Box,” physics from the press box in the “Broadcast Booth” and more. Visitors also learn about reaction time and Newton’s laws of motion through virtual exhibits named “Be the Goalie” and “Be the Shooter.” In addition, the “Skater Challenge” involves the whole body as participants skate behind a virtual Ryan Getzlaf while learning about muscle and bone.

The second part of the exhibit, the Locker Room includes science lessons taught behind-the-scenes before the Ducks suit up for a practice or game. “Coach’s Corner” helps visitors understand a hockey player’s rigorous nutrition and exercise routine. “Suit Yourself” is an interactive exhibit that allows guests to design a virtual jersey using primary colors that can be mixed and matched to create a one-of-a-kind uniform. “Uniform Weights and Measurements” explores how sweat affects the body and a hockey player’s uniform. Finally, “Slice the Ice” compares the power, maneuverability and speed components of a hockey skate to that of a speed or figure skate.  The Locker Room also features Anaheim Ducks memorabilia throughout, including a special area dedicated to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship squad.

About Taco Bell Discovery Science Center
Orange County’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, Taco Bell Discovery Science Center is “Celebrating Science – A Decade of Discovery” as The Cube turns ten! Walk through the belly of a giant dinosaur in Dino Quest, feel the winds of a Category One hurricane in a simulator and gear up for flying pucks in the Center’s newest permanent exhibition, The Science of Hockey, opening in 2009. Hundreds of thousands of students and families experience science, Southern California-style at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center each year. Will you be the 3 millionth visitor?

Located at 2500 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, Calif., Taco Bell Discovery Science Center is easily recognizable by its 10-story solar Cube and Delta III Rocket that tower over Interstate 5. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information on annual memberships, group rates, special events, teacher workshops, sleepovers and more, call 714-542-CUBE or visit us online:




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