Science of Hockey Contest for Minnesota Students

Science just got a whole lot cooler. As Minnesota prepares to host the 2011 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four April 7 and 9, kids across the hockey-crazed state can channel their excitement into “The Science of Hockey,” a unique educational opportunity designed to teach the basics of science involved in the sport of ice hockey.

To participate, students (K–8) are asked to submit a 90- to 120-second video explaining one aspect of “The Science of Hockey.” Videos should demonstrate understanding of a scientific aspect and relate it to the game of ice hockey. For example, a video may explain velocity and relate it to a slap shot; or acceleration and demonstrate a player skating faster.

Kids can work as individuals, classrooms or organizational groups (e.g., Girl Scouts, science clubs). The initiative, developed in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the local organizing committee for the 2011 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four, is designed to be educational and to leave a lasting impact on the community. “The Science of Hockey” was designed to align with Minnesota Department of Education K–8 Academic Standards.

Videos can be submitted at www.ncaa.com/frozenfour and must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 1, 2011. They will be hosted at www.youtube.com/scienceofhockey and viewable by the public. See the introductory video here:

Entries will be organized into three age groups: grades K–2, grades 3–5 and grades 6–8, and by type of entry: individual or classroom/group, for a total of six categories. A panel of judges will determine the five finalists selected from each category, for a total of 30 video finalists.

All finalists will be invited to attend “Friday Night at the Frozen Four” on April 8, 2011, at Xcel Energy Center, where winners as determined by a panel of judges representing the local organizing committee will be announced in each category and one overall winner will be chosen at random from the six category winners will be named. The winning video will be broadcast in-arena during the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four National Championship game on Saturday, April 9. In addition to the winning entries ten (10) randomly selected videos will receive a participant gift of one hundred dollars in the form of a retail gift certificate for purchasing classroom supplies. Teacher packets are available for download online. To learn more about “The Science of Hockey,” visit www.ncaa.com/frozenfour.

The 2011 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four will be hosted by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, April 7 and 9 at Xcel Energy Center, home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. The NCAA Men’s Frozen Four is the culmination of the NCAA Tournament in Division I men’s ice hockey consisting of the final four teams competing for the national championship.The local organizing committee for the 2011 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four is comprised of officials from the University of Minnesota, Visit Saint Paul and Xcel Energy Center.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Minnesota Hockey for this story.

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