(WMC-TV) - The Face Off Field Trip to the Riverkings hockey game is a learning experience that Mid-South students look forward to every year. After all, it's not every day that they get to have science class at a civic center.
Dozens of buses dropped off thousands of students at the Desoto Civic Center Tuesday from Mississippi, Memphis City, and Shelby County schools. They filed into the arena for the science lesson they've been waiting for.
"I'm having loads of fun," said 4th grader Rosemarie Vavera.
"This is my first time being to a hockey game," added 3rd grader Noah House.
But it's not just any hockey game. It's a Face Off Field Trip, where excitement and education come together to teach students about motion.
"The students are able to determine that the hockey players are pulling or pushing a puck" said Coleman Elementary teacher Angela Winfrey.
"When you see the people gliding on the ice and when they put the brakes on the ice that makes them slow down and stop," said Vavera.
Students at the Riverkings game say it's the best field trip of the year because they learn, laugh, and get to be loud. As the Mississippi Riverkings battled the Huntsville Havoc, fascinated fans cheered at the concepts of kinetics.
"It's about "speed, distance, force, motion, and friction," said Winfrey.
The part about friction is what some say they enjoyed most.
"I like it when they fight" said 4th grader Joshua Bagley. "It's just funny".
In the 9th year of a unique experience, the Face Off Field Trip is a hockey game that takes hands-on learning to new heights.
"I love science" said Vavera. "You get to learn new things every day."
Over 8,000 students attended the field trip.
The Riverkings lost 5 to 2 to the Havocs but students and teachers agreed that everyone walked away with an A for effort.