Science of Hockey – permanent exhibition


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Science of Hockey exhibition opens April 2 at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in Orange County

Largest interactive hockey exhibition in the U.S. is backed by Anaheim Ducks, NHL and USA Hockey


SANTA ANA, Calif. – March 2009 – The Science of Hockey, the largest interactive and educational hockey exhibition in the United States, is set to open on the second floor of Taco Bell Discovery Science Center April 2, 2009.

Presented by the Anaheim Ducks, the NHL and USA Hockey, the Science of Hockey 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 project.

“We have partnered with a world champion on this exhibit,” Joe Adams, president of Discovery Science Center said. “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 ice hockey.”

Visitors explore physics, physiology and flying pucks! No helmets required, but the icy interactives aren’t for rookies! The exhibition was developed for ages eight and up, with the majority of the science offered on a fifth grade level. Exhibition highlights include a Zamboni, Penalty Box, Skater Challenge and Broadcast Booth, among many others.

The Ice Rink

Visitors will be able to sit on top of a Zamboni, “the World’s Coolest Ice Re-Surfacing Machine,” to investigate the properties of ice and discover how the rink’s icy floor is made. Then, it’s time to gear up! Visitors will “Be the Goalie” and “Be the Shooter,” as they learn about reaction time, Newton’s laws of motion, potential and kinetic energy and more! The Skater Challenge is a full body interactive, where visitors skate behind Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf to learn about muscle and bone. The faster you skate, the faster he goes! The interactive really gets your heart pumping and explains the importance of daily exercise.

At Taco Bell Discovery Science Center, we take a time out for math in The Penalty Box! While waiting out their sentence, visitors will make quick calculations involving fractions and percentages using caltional clocks.

In the Broadcast Booth, visitors record a physicist’s version of the top plays of the game! The recording can be sent home to an email address, so that the fun can be shared with friends and family. Then, a Sounds of the Game exhibit expands on the science of sound. Visitors learn about frequency, pitch, wavelength, amplitude and timbre in an interactive experience!

The Locker Room

Some of the most important game preparations happen in the Locker Room! From the Coach’s Corner, visitors will learn about players’ nutrition and exercise routines. The Suit Yourself interactive allows guests the chance to design their own virtual jersey using primary colors that can be mixed and matched to create a unique uniform just for them! In the Uniform Weights and Measurements exhibit, visitors will find out if hockey players actually end the game weighing MORE than they did at the start!

Also in the Locker Room, a Slice the Ice exhibit looks at power, maneuverability and speed by comparing a hockey skate, a speed skater’s clap skate and a figure skate. Anaheim Ducks memorabilia line the wall of the Locker Room, with a special area devoted to the 2007 Stanley Cup win.

Nearly all videos incorporated throughout The Science of Hockey were developed exclusively for the exhibition by Irvine-based Apples & Oranges Productions.

Media Visuals

Video from the November 13 Glass Breaking Event is available on the Ducks’ NHL TV site:

Beginning March 26, photos of the exhibition will be available on the press page of Discovery Science Center’s web site:

About Anaheim Ducks

The 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks have earned seven trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including postseason appearances each of the last three years. 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. One of 30 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. The Samuelis’ first two years of ownership saw the club qualify for the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history. The club is currently competing in its 16th NHL regular season.

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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