The Science Of Hockey Exhibit Opens At Discovery Cube

(FOX 11) Discovery Cube LA is hosting a new interactive exhibit in partnership with the LA Kings. Kids will get a chance to be a pro hockey player for a day while learning about science. They'll get to learn about Newton's law of motion, practice reaction time and explore the science behind friction.

Kids will also have a chance to be a goalie or a shooter and try their hand virtually playing against LA's best.

The exhibit opens to the public March 20th.

The LA Kings Science of Hockey exhibit opened today for the first time at Discovery Cube Los Angeles (DCLA). Science and hockey fans alike can now be immersed in one of the most technically advanced sports-themed exhibits featuring the Stanley-Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. This permanent attraction offers interactive learning focused on the science, math, and skills behind the thrilling sport of hockey.


Visitors enter the exhibit through a replica of the iconic LA Kings Player Tunnel at STAPLES Center and find hands-on exhibits that provide exclusive access to the sport and the team. Visitors will enjoy the following exhibits and displays:

You Be the Goalie / You Be the Shooter - Participants in this unique, in-the-game experience don a blocker and glove to try and stop pucks shot from virtual versions of LA Kings players Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter. If they choose to turn the tables, and take shots on LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in "You be the Shooter," they are rewarded with instant speed and accuracy readings.

Penalty Box - Fans can help get an LA Kings player out of the penalty box and back on the ice by correctly answering a series of questions about the math and science surrounding the sport.

Zamboni Test Drive - Occupying the center of the Science of Hockey is a replica Zamboni offering guests the once-in-a-lifetime chance to climb aboard, turn the auger and get the feel of driving this iconic, ice-resurfacing machine. A scale replica of the STAPLES Center scoreboard overhead provides the perfect photo opportunity.

Suit Yourself - NHL hopefuls can use interactive touch screens to design their very own jerseys and then capture and add their own likeness before the highly personalized image is displayed on a large screen.

Equipment Lab - An interactive display allows guests to technically compare an old uniform and equipment to the modern, streamlined uniforms of today. Meanwhile, a display wall of equipment cut in cross-section and a series of videos demonstrate the equipment in action, force and power exchange dynamics, STOP program and safety tips.

Healthy Locker Room - Guests learn about training and nutrition by playing interactive games in this unique, technically advanced replica of the LA Kings locker room. Hands-on participatory consoles at each players' locker provide memorable opportunities for individual and group play and discovery.

Skater Challenge - Intrepid skaters can follow Dustin Brown or LA Kings mascot Bailey around the ice to test their skating ability and speed. The faster the visitor skates, the faster the on-screen LA Kings player or mascot moves.

LA Kings Story - The culmination of the Science of Hockey experience is the LA Kings Story featuring great moments in LA Kings history, with storytelling supported by compelling, larger-than-life images, artifacts and video. A photo opportunity will allow fans to picture themselves holding the Stanley Cup.

"The Science of Hockey is an incredible opportunity to share the game we love to a large number of people, including kids. The interactive experience is fun and it is educational. It will immediately become a destination spot - the location is ideal -- for those who already enjoy hockey and to those who will be learning about the game for the very first time," said Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.

The Science of Hockey is included in general admission to DCLA and opens to the public on Friday, March 20, 2015. Tickets to DCLA can be bought online at www.discoverycube.org or on campus. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($16.95), senior ($12.95), and children 3-14 ($12.95). Now through June 30th, there is special admission pricing of just $10 for everyone.

(Source: Discovery Science Foundation)

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