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Ducks to Host 17th Annual First Flight Field Trip

More than 16,000 Elementary Students, Teachers and Chaperones Expected for Educational Program Entitled 'Cool Like Ice'

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The Ducks will host their largest S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education) event of the year - the First Flight Field Trip. Over 16,000 elementary students (grades 3-6) from over 170 schools will converge upon Honda Center on Monday, March 6 for a day of education and hockey all based on this year's theme entitled, "Cool Like Ice." The award-winning educational program will place an emphasis on the processes of design and engineering. The First Flight Field Trip encourages students to engage and explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) through a variety of activities and demonstrations. STEAM education is a fundamental part of the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program and is utilized to ignite students' interest and passion in these fields.

Ducks players will speak to students and demonstrate on-ice activities highlighting the challenges that "ice engineers" encounter as they build and maintain ice rinks such as the one at Honda Center. The field trip is divided into two parts. The "Playground" segment will take place from 8-11 a.m. where children can experience interactive exhibits provided by like-minded community members and corporate organizations in the Honda Center parking lot. The "Classroom" segment of the event will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Honda Center's arena. Students and teachers will travel from as far away as the High Desert and Imperial Valley for this one-of-a-kind educational experience.

During the First Flight Field Trip, students will refer to a workbook which explores how STEAM based concepts affect their daily lives using examples on the ice at Honda Center. With the combination of the First Flight workbook, Cool Like Ice classroom kit, and live demonstrations with players, students will learn about the importance of ice and that the science behind building an ice rink has allowed the game of hockey to be played and enjoyed by fans everywhere and anytime. The Ducks have also partnered with many local educational organizations and civic-minded corporations to present more than 70 hands-on exhibits that supplement lessons found in the First Flight workbook (a complete list of participants is included below). Approximately 250 volunteers are scheduled to assist students with educational instruction on the "Playground."

Recognized as an educational event for all ages by the California State Assembly and as a contributor to informal education by the National Science Teachers' Association, the First Flight Field Trip is completely free to participating schools and students, and the curriculum has been designed to meet the state's educational content standards for grades 3-6. The S.C.O.R.E. program is the primary beneficiary of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. It was developed in 2005 with the goal of promoting and cultivating healthy living and academic excellence to all students in Southern California.

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The following educational organizations, corporations and volunteer groups have helped to make the First Flight Field Trip possible:

  • Anaheim Ducks Die Hards
  • Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Discovery Cube OC & LA
  • Hope International University
  • Junior League of Orange County, California  
  • Microsoft
  • National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association Future Goals Program
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Orange Coast College
  • Orange County Department of Education
  • PBS So Cal
  • Stantec
  • Target
  • The Art Institute of California - Orange County
  • Toyo Tires
  • Zamboni
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