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Discovery Science Center
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October 13, 2011
DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER TO HOST ‘ANAHEIM DUCKS WEEK’ OCT 15-23
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Dust off your Ducks’ jerseys, hockey season is back! To celebrate the start of the National Hockey League (NHL) season, Discovery Science Center (DSC) and the Anaheim Ducks have teamed up to present Anaheim Ducks Week! From October 15 – 23, all children ages 3-14 wearing Anaheim Ducks’ gear (hat, t-shirt or jersey) will receive free admission to DSC!
Cheer on the Ducks as they take on the San Jose Sharks in their first home game on October 14, 2011 –then visit DSC’s boothat Honda Center on Sunday, October 16 at the “Hockey Spot” from 3-5 p.m. Fans can stop by and learn about the Science of Hockey and 100+ hands-on exhibits at DSC. The one millionth visitor to the Science of Hockey is anticipated to arrive this month and will be awarded with a party suite to an upcoming Anaheim Ducks game and an Annual Membership to DSC.
“The partnership between Discovery Science Center and the Anaheim Ducks has been incredibly successful,” says Joe Adams, President of Discovery Science Center. “Through this fun and interactive exhibit, we have been able to reach close to one million people highlighting science in the thrilling setting of an ice hockey game.”
Presented by the Anaheim Ducks, the NHL and USA Hockey, the Science of Hockey exhibit turns the excitement of a hockey game into an interactive learning experience. The Samueli Foundation and Anaheim Ducks Foundation contributed $2 million to fund the 3,000 square foot exhibit. Opened to the public in 2009, Science of Hockey is the largest interactive Hockey exhibit in the United States, and has attracted close to one million guests in just two short years. While visiting the interactive exhibit, guestscan explore physics, physiology and the science behind flying pucks.
Divided into two parts, the Ice Rink portion includes science lessons taught through elements visible within Honda Center during a Ducks game, and the Locker Room portion includes science lessons taught behind-the-scenes before the Ducks suit up for a practice or game. Such lessons include discovering the properties of ice while riding a Zamboni® and learning Newton’s laws of motion through virtual exhibits like “Be the Goalie” and “Be the Shooter.”
“We are extremely proud of our partnership with Discovery Science Center,” said Ducks Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman. “Having nearly one-million visitors to the Science of Hockey since its opening is a great tribute to the exhibit and DSC.”
About the Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks are currently in their 19th NHL season. The club was born in 1992 and played their first-ever game on Oct. 8, 1993 at Honda Center (then Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim). One of 30 NHL franchises located throughout the United States and Canada, the Ducks have played to over 90% capacity crowds in their history at the 17,174-seat Honda Center. On June 20, 2005, the Ducks franchise was purchased by Orange County residents Henry and Susan Samueli. By securing the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2007, the club also became the first team from California to win hockey’s ultimate prize. The Ducks have been to the Conference Finals three times (2003, 2006 & 2007) and been to the Stanley Cup Final twice (2003 & 2007). The team has qualified for the playoffs five times in the last six seasons.
About Discovery Science Center
Imaginations run wild through more than 100 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center, Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science fun. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine “launch”, explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur and try your best slap shot against the Anaheim Duck’s goalie! Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Bug Invasion and Bubblefest throughout the year ensure that there is always something new to discover. Since 1998, Discovery Science Center has been a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. It is a community-wide resource where families come together to learn and have fun and school districts can use as an educational resource. Discovery Science Center welcomed its one-millionth visitor in 2003 and now hosts over 400,000 guests each year. Open daily from 10am – 5pm. For further information, call us at (714) 542-CUBE or visit us online www.discoverycube.org.