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First Flight Field Trip Program Lessons

Activity #1: Build Your Own Wing Machine!

Missing Anaheim Ducks goals? Wild Wing is too! We can help remind him of the excitement a goal brings by scoring your own at home with the Wing Machine Challenge. Using pages 17-19 in the First Flight Field Trip "Turn Up the Energy" workbook, put your knowledge of energy transfer to the test by creating a fun series of actions that scores. Make sure you record your creation and tag the Anaheim Ducks on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #wingmachine2020.

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Activity #2: Static Racers

While the Ducks players do their part to light the lamp by putting pucks in the net, it takes some electrical engineering to start the greatest celebration in sports. Click the links below to learn about the basics of static electricity in the 2020 First Flight Field Trip "Light the Lamp" Workbook. Then, harness the power of static to race cans across your kitchen floor. It'll take energy and skill, just like an Anaheim Ducks goal.

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Activity #3: Beneath the Surface

While most fans pay attention to the big hits, fast passes, and exciting goal celebrations; it takes a whole team of ice engineers to make sure the Anaheim Ducks have the proper surface to play on each game. Click the links below to learn more about the science required "Beneath the Surface" in the 2017 First Flight Field Trip workbook. Then, use this information to design and create your very own miniature ice rink!

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Activity #4: Mad Ducks!

A hockey stick is a great example of potential and kinetic energy at work. It bends and flexes to transfer energy to a puck and then springs back to its original shape. You may not have a stick or puck at home, but you can still transfer energy like a pro. Using a rubber band and a piece of paper, you can send Mad Ducks flying with kinetic energy. You can use the 2018 First Flight Field Trip workbook to help your Mad Ducks fold, flex, and fly! Watch this week's bonus video for a behind the scenes look at how a hockey stick is made.

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Activity #5: How It's Made: Hockey Puck

Do hockey pucks grow on trees? Not exactly! But rubber trees are one key ingredient to engineering a puck that can slide effortlessly across the ice and withstand the force of a 100mph slapshot. This week, learn how NHL hockey pucks are made. Then, explore our 2019 First Flight Field Trip workbook to learn how pucks of different shapes, sizes, and materials would impact the game of hockey. Finally, put your new knowledge to the test by designing your very own hockey puck with homemade Play Clay!

Watch How Pucks are Made

Make Your Own Play Clay!

Activity #6: Beat the Heat!

Don't let the heat get you down! Instead, use the science of heat transfer to your advantage. Take a chapter out of our 2017 First Flight Field Trip workbook and make your own ice cream at home! All it takes is a few basic ingredients and some simple science. As a bonus, check out how the engineers at the ice cream factory produce our favorite sweet treat all year round.

Watch How Ice Cream is Made

Make Your Own Ice Cream

Activity #7: What State is this Matter?

The states of matter matter when it comes to ice hockey. Knowing the difference between a liquid and a solid can determine whether you're skating or swimming. We know about ice and water but what happens when something falls in between those two? Using the 2017 First Flight Field Trip Workbook as a primer, click on the links below to explore the "in between". It will take a few household items and a little science to create a lot of fun.

Watch Honda Center Build Ice

Make your own Oobleck

Activity #8: Game Day Stats

Ducks coaches rely on more than just the scoreboard to determine how well the team played each night. A box score might look like random numbers, but in reality, it can tell us so much more. It's time to put on your thinking cap and see if you can solve our Game Day Stats worksheet. When you've finished, watch the game highlights to see the box score come to life!

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Activity #9: Rapid Reaction

You have to be quick to play in the NHL. Skaters blaze down the ice, passes zip with dizzying speed, and shots are fired with incredible velocity. All this to put the puck past one last line of defense…the goaltender. This requires goalies to react with lightning speed. While natural talent plays a role, it's practice that really moves the needle from sloth to superhero. Learn more about reaction time from Anaheim Ducks alumni and then test your own reaction time at home! Keep practicing until you become a puck stopping pro like John Gibson.

Test Your Reaction Time

Activity #10: Slide Science

While fans often cheer for the player who scores the goal, the real MVP of each team is the Zamboni Ice Resurfacing Machine...and it was invented right here in Southern California! Smooth ice allows pucks and skates to slide across it effortlessly. But what would happen if hockey were played on a different type of surface? Complete the Slide Science worksheet to learn more!

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