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MANSFIELD -- Local high school students enjoyed a day of snow-tubing on the slopes at Snow Trails in Mansfield Monday, but it's with a purpose: To learn.

They're on a field trip from Ashland-Crestview High School's physics class. Students record speed, times and videotape themselves sliding down the slopes, then fill out a 20-page report with their findings.

"When you're able to go outside and actually see the stuff, even take the stuff that you learned in the classroom and actually be able to apply it, when you look at the hierarchy of learning, that is one of the most critical points of it," said physics teacher Dwight Souder.

Souder says having a Snow Physics Day is a great way to get kids interested in science.

Students will use the data they collect at other points during the year in classroom situations.

Snow Trails has been hosting field trips like this for eight years.