Welcome to Science on Ice!

Science on Ice is a GREAT field trip opportunity for schools and community groups that combines science lessons, physical education and ice skating fun. Students in 5th or 6th grades have the chance to learn science concepts in the unique setting of the Palouse Ice Rink at the Latah County Fairgrounds. Lessons include:

  • Properties of Water: molecules in motion, phase changes, how a Zamboni makes the ice smooth
  • Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion: force, mass & acceleration, hockey puck slingshots
  • Rotational Motion in Action: distribution of mass, how do ice skaters twirl?

Hockey Puck Slingshots All activities are geared
to the age of the students
and are hands-on
learning and participatory
dye migration in water

Following the science activities, students will put on skates and have instruction on the basics of ice skating. Beginners will learn forward and backwards skating and stops, and will play games to increase confidence on the ice. More advanced skaters will work on crossovers, hockey stops and basic twirls.
All skaters will learn safety tips.

Field trips may be scheduled for Wednesday mornings from 9:25 – 11:15 AM, at least two weeks in advance of a proposed trip. Cost is $200 for groups of 35 or fewer, which covers entrance fees for all science lessons, skate supervision and instruction, and skate and helmet rental. Sponsorship of a fieldtrip can be arranged for the session fee and bus expense reimbursement may also be possible. For more information call Science on Ice co-coordinators Andy Hudak or Wendy Lawrence or send email Andy Hudak or Wendy Lawrence.

A very hearty THANK YOU to Decagon Devices Inc. and TerraGraphics International Foundation for their generous financial sponsorship of the Science on Ice. Decagon has contributed to the program for the past 4 years. It is a Pullman, WA company which designs and manufactures several different types of instruments that are used in both agricultural and food science applications. Please visit their website Decagon Devices Inc. for more information.

TerraGraphics International Foundation is a new contributor this year. They are an non-profit organization specializing in reducing human health risks associated with exposure to environmental contaminants, and assist communities, governments, universities, and other NGOs to develop pilot remediation projects. Please visit their website TerraGraphics International Foundation for more information.

Science on ice is Science learning, physical education & Ice Skating Fun!