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Ducks to Host Largest Science of Hockey Classroom in North America

Over 16,000 students to attend the First Flight Field Trip this Thursday; Helpful SoCal Honda Dealers to provide a new 3D printer for each winning classroom as part of "Build a Better Puck" engineering contest

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The Ducks will host its 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 Thursday, Feb. 28 for a day of education and hockey all based on this year's theme, "Build A Better Puck." The award-winning educational program will place an emphasis on the puck as they examine the engineering and design process.

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 lead on-ice activities demonstrating how materials, shape, volume, and playing environment all affect the design and function of such a dynamic disc. The field trip is segmented into two unique parts. The "Playground" portion will take place from 8-11 a.m. and provide students a chance to experience interactive exhibits provided by like-minded community 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 Mojave 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, connecting those examples to the ice at Honda Center. With the combination of the First Flight workbook, "Build A Better Puck" classroom kit, and live demonstrations with players, students will learn about the importance of engineering and how we interact with engineered objects on a daily basis. 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). The ever helpful SoCal Honda Dealers have incentivized an engineering contest for the event, committing to provide a new 3D printer for each winning classroom selected in the "Build A Better Puck" Challenge. Alongside event partners like American Honda Motor Co., Ocean Institute, CSU Fullerton, approximately 350 additional 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:

  • American Honda Motor Company
  • Anaheim Ducks Die Hards
  • Bauer
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Creaform
  • Discovery Cube OC & LA
  • Hope International University
  • Southern California Honda Dealers Association
  • Junior League of Orange County, California  
  • Monoprice
  • National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association Future Goals Program
  • Natural Machines
  • Ocean Institute
  • Orange Coast College
  • Orange County Department of Education
  • Storyland Studios
  • Toyo Tires
  • University of La Verne
  • Wahoo's
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