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High school football to be celebrated at Discovery Center



May 07, 2014
Youth ages 2 to 18 will be admitted to the Flint Hills Discovery Center for a special admission rate of $2 during High School Football Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

Visitors are encouraged to show their spirit by wearing school colors during the football-themed event. Local coaches, players and other members of regional high school football programs will be in attendance to celebrate football in the Flint Hills.

Available only on May 10, visitors can view Jordy Nelson memorabilia in the lobby of the Discovery Center.

This special event is the last of four planned to honor football programs in the Flint Hills region in conjunction with the Football exhibition, available to visitors through June 1 in the temporary gallery at the Discovery Center. The football programs of Kansas State University, Emporia State University and Butler Community College were honored previously.

Football, a popular traveling exhibit developed by the Museum of Discovery, is a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition that introduces visitors to the science, mathematics and technology behind the game and how they relate to everyday life. The highly interactive exhibition provides hands-on learning, covering a wide array of science topics through football-themed areas such as Forward Pass and Game at the Line of Scrimmage.

"The game of football is a uniquely American sport that millions of Americans have embraced and participated in for more than a century," said Fred Goss, FHDC director. "The Football exhibition at FHDC provides a unique view of the sport with the visitor gaining a greater understanding of the game in a way not seen from the stadium seat or living room."

Goss also said the exhibition is a new way to look at and experience the unseen forces that impact the outcome on the field of play in every game.

Football is composed of nine different zones, each addressing a different aspect of the game, from the physics of tackling to the balance needed for cheerleading. Each zone features a mixture of artifacts, text, videos and hands-on activities. Visitors to the Discovery Center on May 10 can match their skills against football players and record results on individual scorecards available that day.

While the exhibition enables visitors to relive all the excitement and experience of playing football, it also teaches about the science that makes it all possible. Test your throwing skills in the Passing Cage area and learn what people truly mean when they say someone has a "rifle arm." Try and match the speed of an NFL running back and learn the ideal trajectory for kicking a field goal. Football covers everything from the history of the game to the science of catching a pass.

To learn more about the Flint Hills Discovery Center's exhibitions, programs and special events, visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org, call 785-587-2726 or visit 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan.

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