Discovery Science Center, the Anaheim Ducks, the National Hockey League, and USA Hockey have joined together to showcase The Science of Hockey.
Experience the colder side of science as we explore physics, physiology and flying pucks! No helmets required, but the icy interactives aren’t for rookies. Exhibition highlights include a Zamboni Machine, Penalty Box and Broadcast Booth and more!
Velocity, Strength, Impact. Sounds like your average night around the Honda Center in Anaheim, or any other NHL rink. But if you were to peel back the outer skin of a hockey game, what would those terms – velocity, strength, impact – mean? What is their very nature, and how do they apply to professional sports’ fastest game?
Science of Hockey Exhibits
You Be the Goalie
This high energy hockey experience puts you in the skates of an NHL goalie! Gear up as you attempt to block shots the opposing team’s players.
Learn about reaction processes in the body and how goalies are able to block a shot in as little as .15 seconds.
You Be the Shooter
This interactive exhibit allows you to test your skills and shoot the puck at a virtual goalie! Better put your game face on, or else the virtual goalie will block your shot! Learn about Newton’s first law of motion and why objects tend to stay in place or in motion.
“Virtual Jiggy is better than real Jiggy, I think. That guy’s pretty good in the net. They did a really job with him. Jiggy’s been shooting on him, trying to get some tips.”
- Anaheim Ducks player Ryan Getzlaf, talking about the virtual Anaheim Ducks goal tender, J.S. Giguere, inside the “You Be the Shooter” interactive.
Select your favorite Ducks play and become the broadcaster as you record your own play-by-play! Follow the script of scientific explanations of the game, or create your own narrative. After you have finished recording, listen to your play-by-play and email it to yourself so you can share it with your friends and family!
Test your reaction time to sound, light, and vibration. Place your hands on the surface of
the exhibit, and then wait…. when the sound, light or vibration is activated, a timer begins and you must hit the stop button as fast as you can!
Why is ice the best playing surface for the game of hockey?
Test and compare how pucks move on various surfaces and learn about the effect that friction has on movement of the puck.
When the referee sends you to the penalty box, you will have to use your brain to get back out onto the ice! Players in the penalty box will have to answer at least four hockey-based math questions before they can get back into the game!
Uniforms, Weights and Measures
Learn the physical energy it takes to play hockey and how the materials and design of players’ uniforms can affect their speed, comfort level, and performance.
Test your skating skills against a professional hockey player and discover the skill behind their movement on the ice. Skate behind a player as if following him through a drill in the NHL SuperSkills Competition.
“The Science of Hockey will give you a perspective to see how amazing our players are at what they do.” -Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner
Watch a video to learn all about fitness and nutrition and play along with a quiz show by answering questions on how to make positive decisions about exercise, nutrition, and sportsmanship.
Climb inside this full-size replica of a 500-series Zamboni Machine to learn about how ice is resurfaced during hockey games. Move levers and push buttons to find out how to activate various functions of the Zamboni Machine and how this affects the ice.
Science of Hockey aligns with science content standards for 1st-5th grades.
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