Spacecraft Demo
Spacecraft Demo
How are spacecrafts engineered to survive the hostile environment that is space? We’ll learn about the risks of space travel and exploration, and the innovations that enable astronauts and instruments to go farther into the cosmos. Students learn the Engineering …
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Advanced Chemistry
Advanced Chemistry
What is chemistry? What is a chemical reaction? How can you tell if a chemical reaction is taking place? We’ll answer these questions and more in this cool chemistry presentation that showcases different kinds of reactions, and their results from …
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Space Weather
Space Weather
We on Earth live with a star that is our Sun. Students learn the relative sizes and distances of the Earth and Sun and how the radiation, light, and storms on the Sun affect the Earth, and its systems, environment, …
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Spacesuit Demo
Spacesuit Demo
It’s hard enough to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull and make it safely to space, but staying safe in space presents a whole new set of engineering challenges. Astronauts must be protected from extreme heat, cold, vacuum, fast-moving debris, and …
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Engineering for Space
Engineering for Space
Space is an extreme environment. Students learn the Engineering Design Process in the context of space exploration and space travel; how to define the problem, identify constraints, and design a solution. The space environment is the starting point of this …
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Advanced Light Demo
Advanced Light Demo
In this auditorium program, students learn about the properties of light. Students will learn that “without light, there is no sight”, that white incandescent light is made of all the colors of the rainbow, which is called the spectrum, and …
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Water Works
Water Works
Come see how much water is in our world and just how powerful it can be. Learn about the water cycle and the states of matter we can see with water. Learn about salt and fresh water and how they …
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Mini Meteorology
Mini Meteorology
What is weather? Find out about what’s cold and hot, how air has pressure, and where our precipitation comes from. See how our seasons change and learn about different kinds of weather that we might find in our local climate …
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Light & Sound
Light & Sound
What makes a sound louder, quieter, higher or lower? How does light help us see? This fun, participatory exploration of how we hear and see will cover sound waves, pitch, volume, color, prisms, and different types of light. We’ll prove …
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Earth, Sun & Moon
Earth, Sun & Moon
What is the relationship between the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon? We’ll learn this, see the relative size of these three bodies, discuss relative distance, and demonstrate eclipses, craters, and phases of the Moon!
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Superpower Science
Superpower Science
Not all scientists wear capes. We know that superheroes and supervillains have powers that don’t exactly jive with the real world. But did you know many of the ideas behind these characters’ powers are steeped in scientific principles? We’ll examine …
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Just Like Magic
Just Like Magic
Balloons that don’t pop? Water that disappears immediately? Non-magnetic objects floating toward each other? It’s not magic: it’s science. We’ll break the cardinal rule of magic and reveal how it’s all done:  through a little STEM know-how! We’ll also explore …
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Voyage to Mars
Voyage to Mars
Our voyage begins in the year 2076CE with a new crew of astronauts en-route to the Red Planet. The purpose of their voyage is to replace the existing crew which has manned Mars Control for the last two years. Mars …
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Earth Odyssey
Earth Odyssey
This mission takes place in a futuristic time when a major coronal mass ejection (CMS) causes a burst of solar winds to blast from the Sun toward Earth. The CME damaged several key satellites and forced the immediate evacuation of …
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Mission to the Moon
Mission to the Moon
The year is 2040CE. For the first time since the last Apollo mission in 1972, man returns to the Moon. The goal of the mission is to establish a permanent lunar base that will allow the astronauts to collect and …
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Great Rocket Challenge
Great Rocket Challenge
Students compete in a design challenge to bid on a NASA rocket contract, complete with test launch! Bid, budget supplies and materials, design and test a rocket to see which team has what it takes to win the contract. Students …
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Solar System Science
Solar System Science
We all know some of the main features of our solar system, but how do they all fit together? How big is the Earth compared to our Moon? What about compared to the Sun? Students will learn how gravity pulls …
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Paper Bridge Challenge
Paper Bridge Challenge
A bridge building challenge? The suspension is killing us! We all know that bridges often need to carry tons of weight—literally. Your students have a challenge: using only paper, create a bridge that can span a given distance and support …
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Molecule Mysteries
Molecule Mysteries
What do chemists have in common with detectives? They have to identify distinct patterns in order to identify what they are observing. How can we see things that are microscopic, and why is that so important for scientists? We can …
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Crime Lab
Crime Lab
Your class is a crack forensics team encountering a crime scene at the Museum! We will observe the scene of a theft and learn about three suspects before visiting different areas to test evidence in this fun and engaging stations-based …
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Comparative Physiology
Comparative Physiology
Variety is the spice of life! We’ll discuss the different systems in the human body (nervous, muscular, circulatory, etc.), the purposes, prioritization, and the organs that comprise these systems and how they work in concert to keep us alive and …
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Collision Course
Collision Course
From cars to cosmic collisions, there’s a lot we can learn from two objects moving against each other. We’ll learn forces, motion, acceleration, and collisions through the use of Pocket Labs, tablets, and test vehicles.  Students learn how to make …
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Climate Change
Climate Change
We hear a lot about climate change, but what does it really mean? What causes it, why should we care, and how can we help? Students will investigate renewable and non-renewable resources and learn about the effects of burning fossil …
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Chemical Reactions
Chemical Reactions
What is a chemical reaction, and how can we test to see if a reaction has taken place? We will learn about how some reactions can change the pH of a substance, and after learning what pH is, we’ll conduct …
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Star Struck
Star Struck
What are stars, and how to astronomers study them? We’ll learn about the properties of stars, and what makes one of our Galaxy’s A-listers, the Sun, so very special. —Is it really brighter than the other stars we see, or …
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May the Force Be With You II
May the Force Be With You II
This IS the learning lab you seek! Take a deeper look into how Newton’s Laws of Motion work in the everyday world. Start with an investigation of the laws and engage in a series of tricky challenges to apply each …
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Kitchen Chemistry
Kitchen Chemistry
Can you think of a more fun way to learn about the properties of matter while practicing measurement skills than by mixing up a batch of take-home slime? We’ll explore what chemistry is, different states and properties of matter, and …
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Great Rocket Challenge
Great Rocket Challenge
Students compete in a design challenge to bid on a NASA rocket contract, complete with test launch! Bid, budget supplies and materials, design and test a rocket to see which team has what it takes to win the contract. Students …
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Electromagnets
Electromagnets
Electricity? Watt’s cooler than that! We’ll begin with an introduction to electricity, what circuits are, and their functions.  We’ll learn about atoms and electrons, and use an energy stick activity to discuss and demonstrate an invisible force at work before …
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Ecosystems
Ecosystems
What is an ecosystem exactly, and what can we expect to find there? We will begin with a discussion about plants, what they need to survive, and how this helps inform a food web. We’ll create a basic food web …
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Water You Up To?
Water You Up To?
Water is all around us, and has a powerful effect on our planet. Sometimes that effect can be big and sudden (hurricanes, floods, mudslides, blizzards), and sometimes it can be gradual (erosion, glaciers, river formation). We’ll explore erosion and do …
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Sounds Alive!
Sounds Alive!
Make some noise! Hearing is the ability to perceive sound by detecting vibrations. But what is the connection between vibration and sound? We’ll use simple mechanical detectors and various sound-making objects to observe and help define this connection. Then, we’ll …
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Solar System to Go
Solar System to Go
Let us take your students on a journey through the Solar System as they create a take-home model. We’ll point out the coolest, hottest, and most surprising planetary landmarks along the way. Includes a free, out-of-this-world Science on a Sphere …
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Rock Session
Rock Session
We’ll dig into Earth’s geological history and learn about the rock cycle, formation, and erosion, before learning how different rocks are formed and how to identify them based on observable features such as color, texture, size, and magnetism. Then, we’ll …
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Natural Disasters–Geology Edition!
Natural Disasters–Geology Edition!
Ever heard of Pangea? We’ll go back in time to learn about the moving plates that have shaped the continents we know and live upon today. We’ll learn what happens when plates move against each other, including earthquakes and volcano …
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May the Force Be With You
May the Force Be With You
This IS the learning lab you seek! Learn about forces and motions and how Newton’s Laws of Motion work in the everyday world. Start with an investigation of the laws and engage in a series of challenges to apply each …
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Map-Quest!
Map-Quest!
Join us on a team-oriented adventure! We’ll discuss the importance and features of maps, and why they are so important to navigators, particularly during emergency search and rescue efforts. After making a basic map of the Earth and our place …
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Light Fantastic
Light Fantastic
This station-based learning lab is all about light and how we see (and don’t see) it! We’ll learn that energy is transferred to place to place by heat and electrical currents. See what happens when colors mix, learn about forms …
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Electrical Circuits
Electrical Circuits
We use electricity all the time, but what is it, really? We’ll learn how to define electricity, where it comes from, and how it works, and different types of electricity, with a focus on currents. Students will work with partners …
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Advanced Egg Drop Challenge!
Advanced Egg Drop Challenge!
You can’t engineer an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Can you figure out the best design solution for a problem? Your students will be given a set of solutions to compare and select the best one for the job. …
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Weather Watchers
Weather Watchers
Bring the outdoors in with this engaging lab designed to inspire your students to think about and observe weather. We’ll learn about different kinds of weather, climates, and how we measure weather. We’ll observe an air pressure and air currents …
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Newton 1-2-3
Newton 1-2-3
A magician never reveals their secrets…but a scientist does! Come learn about Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion, which reveal the secrets to how all our motion works. Try an inertia challenge to observe an object at rest, test the …
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Flight School
Flight School
Join us for a fun lesson in the principles of flight! We’ll make paper gliders and launch pop fizz rockets and learn about the different kinds of forces acting upon them by observing these forces at work. We’ll test the …
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Egg Drop Challenge
Egg Drop Challenge
Keep an egg safe on its 30-foot journey to the ground? Easy. Landing safely on the ground? That can be a little bit trickier. Your students will have to select materials from a limited supply and engage fully in the …
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Adaptations and Senses
Adaptations and Senses
Most of us can name our five senses, and what they allow us to do, but did you know that animals have some senses that humans don’t? We’ll discuss behavioral and structural adaptations and play a game to demonstrate how …
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Slimeology
Slimeology
Join us in discovering the magic of non-Newtonian fluids and physical changes in this station-based learning lab. We’ll explore different states of matter, observe a gas and temperature demonstration, we’ll make oobleck, and then take-home slime!
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Sink and Float Science
Sink and Float Science
Why do some things float while other things sink? Your students’ challenge is to figure out what materials are best suited to make a model boat. Using a variety of materials, students will design and build boats to hold cargo …
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Rock Stars
Rock Stars
Get “down to earth” as students test an assortment of rocks to classify them and learn about Earth’s geological history. Students will study observable features such as color, texture, size, and magnetism and try to guess what kind of rocks …
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Owl’s Dinner
Owl’s Dinner
This learning lab is a hoot! What do animals need to survive? We will learn about habitats, and how animals make sure where they live gives them what they need. We will then zero in on the barn owl, and …
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Map Makers
Map Makers
Maps can do a lot more than show us where we are in the world. We’ll learn about the uses and different types of maps, how to find cities and features using latitude and longitude coordinates, measure distances using scales, …
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