Submit Your Science Of Hockey Entry Now! (applications can be made at the bottom of this page) 

As Minnesota prepares to host the 2018 NCAA Women's Frozen Four (March 16-18) and Men’s Frozen Four (April 5-7), kids across the State of Hockey can channel their excitement into “The Science of Hockey,” which is a fun and unique educational opportunity designed to showcase the basics of science involved in the sport of ice hockey.

To participate, students (kindergarten through eighth grade) are invited to submit a 90 to 120-second video explaining one aspect of “The Science of Hockey.” Videos should demonstrate understanding of a scientific aspect (chemistry, physics, kinesiology, physiology, etc.) and relate it to the game of ice hockey. For example, a video may explain velocity and relate it to a slap shot, acceleration of a skating player or reflexes of a goalie.

Submissions can be from individuals, classes or organizational groups (science clubs, scout organizations, etc.). The initiative, developed in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota, NCAA and Frozen Four local organizing committees for the 2018 Frozen Fours is designed to emphasize the importance of science in sports. 

How to Enter: All video entries must be public, closed captioned, and posted on YouTube. Links to those videos should then be submitted via the competition portal below by March 16, 2018.

Criterion: Videos will be evaluated based on scientific research, creativity and communication. 

Winner Selection: Entries will be organized into three age groups: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade and by individual or group for a total of six categories. A panel of judges will determine the one finalist selected from each category for a total of six video finalists. From the group of finalists, the top two video entries overall will be named winners.



  • Finalists will receive complimentary passes to the Science Museum of Minnesota, where their videos will be displayed in the museum's lobby. Finalists in the individual category will receive four passes per participant. Finalists in the group category will receive one pass per participant.
  • Finalist videos will also be posted on select NCAA social media channels.
  • Four finalists will receive a $100 gift card for classroom or organization supplies.


  • In addition to the prizes awarded to the finalists, the top two winning videos will be shown during the Men's Frozen Four at Xcel Energy Center. 
  • Winning videos will be posted on the NCAA Frozen Four website and Science Museum of Minnesota YouTube and social media accounts.
  • Each participant of the winning video will receive a voucher good for admission to one open skate session and one free skate rental at the new TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center.
  • Each winning entry will be awarded a $150 gift card for classroom or organization supplies.

For any questions, contact Stephanie Davis (

Science of Sports - Hockey Edition Judges

Laurie Fink
Vice President of Science
Science Museum of Minnesota

As Vice President of Science, Laurie Fink brings her scientific training, museum experience, and passion for making science accessible and relevant to her work. Fink leads the museum’s nationally recognized research and collections staff, as well as its museum-wide initiative about water that includes both research and outreach to the public.

Joe Imholte
Vice President of Visitor Experience
Science Museum of Minnesota

As the Vice President of Visitor Experience, Joe Imholte provides strategic leadership to ensure that the Science Museum is a premier destination for all visitors. Joe has worked at the Science Museum -- the museum he grew up loving -- for his entire 24-year museum career. Joe started as a part-time visitor assistant and worked his way through a variety of visitor-facing and strategic-thinking positions, including Exhibit Operations Manager, Project Leader, and Program Director. Imholte has led several major exhibition projects at the Science Museum of Minnesota, including A Day in Pompeii (2007) and The Dead Sea Scrolls: Words That Changed the World (2010).

Joanne Jones-Rizzi
Vice President of STEM Equity and Education
Science Museum of Minnesota

Joanne Jones-Rizzi joins the senior leadership team as Vice President of STEM Equity and Education; however, her career at the Science Museum is long and accomplished. In her new role, she will lead the Science Museum’s education initiatives, ensuring that they achieve maximum impact and are equitably accessible for all audiences.

Taylor Nardinger
Social Media Coordinator
Golden Gopher Athletics

Taylor's been with University of Minnesota Athletics Department since 2015. She's currently the Social Media Coordinator, responsible for the production of digital content for all 25 sports Golden Gopher programs. While serving in this role for just a year, she headed the social content for Men's Basketball during the 2017-18 season and covered the hire of Football Coach, P.J. Fleck, which gained national attention and was recognized by Sports Illustrated.

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, PhD
Associate Director of the School, Interim Director of Graduate Studies
Director, Graduate Studies
Professor, Sport and Exercise Psychology

Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal's interests are in sport and exercise psychology, an area of study that examines the thoughts, feelings, and actions of participants and professionals within physical activity contexts such as competitive sports, sports medicine and rehabilitation, exercise, and physical education. One specific area she studies is sports medicine psychology, which looks at how athletes and other physically active persons psychologically respond to and recover from sport injuries. Another area of interest is youth sport science, which involves many sport sciences such as motor development, biomechanics, and sport pedagogy (teaching). In youth sport science, she focuses on how psychological, social, and physical factors affect the performance, health, and well-being of children, youth, and adolescents in competitive sports. Some of her research studies across these areas have looked at sport-related concussions, anterior cruciate ligament (knee) injuries, injuries to female athletes, and developing physically active girls. She is a professor of kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, and has also been a K-12 physical education teacher as well as a volleyball and softball coach at youth and collegiate levels.

Entry Form

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Grades K-2 (Individual)
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Grades 3-5 (Individual)
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Grades 6-8 (Group)

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