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Ducks Turn Honda Center into Classroom Tuesday, Feb. 23 for the 16th Annual First Flight Field Trip

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

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 160 schools will converge upon Honda Center on Tuesday, Feb. 23 for a day of education and hockey all based on this year’s theme entitled, “Light the Lamp.” 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 and math (STEM) through a variety of activities and demonstrations. STEM 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 about the engineering process as it relates to designing a better goal light for the sport of hockey and lead on-ice demonstrations relating to this theme. 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 engineering can affect their daily lives using examples on the ice at Honda Center. With the combination of the First Flight workbook, electronics kit, and live interviews with players, students will learn about the history of the goal light as well the electricity and circuitry that’s needed for it to light up for a scored goal. In addition, the Anaheim Ducks teamed up with Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, to present the Light the Lamp Challenge. The “Challenge” is a project reinforcing the electricity, engineering, and circuit building skills from the workbook. Students are guided through step-by-step tutorials using Autodesk software in 3D design and electronics to build a table top hockey rink with working lights and sounds.

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 200 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.

For more information regarding the First Flight Field Trip, please visit

The following educational organizations, corporations and volunteer groups have helped to make the First Flight Field Trip possible:
•    NHL and NHLPA Future Goals
•    AutoDesk
•    Microsoft
•    PBS SoCal
•    Sungevity
•    Stantec Inc.
•    Discovery Cube OC & LA
•    Anaheim Ducks Die Hards
•    Junior League of Orange County
•    The Art Institute of California – Orange County
•    California State University – Fullerton
•    California State University – Los Angeles
•    Hope International University
•    Makey Makey

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