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Daily Science Activities

April 1, 2020 - December 31, 2019
Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Except November 28 and December 25

SCIENCE CITY HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. | Sunday 12 P.m. - 5 p.m.


Free with Science City admission!
(Union Station members receive free admission to Science City year-round!)


Upcoming Themed Weekend:

Women in STEM - March 8

12:30 PM The Structure of DNA – Rosalind Franklin (Periodic Table)
1:00 PM Determining the Brightness of Stars (Engineerium)
2:30 PM Women’s Discoveries in Astronomy (Science on a Sphere)
2:00 PM What Are Geodesics? – Maryam Mirzakhani (Periodic Table)
3:00 PM Determining the Brightness of Stars (Engineerium)

 

 


Weekly Activity Schedule

Tuesday - Friday

10 AM – 11 AM Science Demo (Location: Maze Park)
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Early Childhood Activities (Location: PNC Learning Lab)**
11 AM – 11:30 AM Animal Chat (Location: Nature Works)
11 AM – 4 PM Maker Studio Open House (Location: Maker Studio)
11:00-12:00 PM Science on a Sphere Show
12 PM – 1 PM Science Demos (Location: Maze Park)
1:30 PM – 2 PM Nature Discovery (Location: Nature Works)
2 PM – 3 PM Science Demos (Location: Maze Park)
2:30 PM – 3:30  PM Maker Workshop (Location: Maker Studio)
3 PM – 3:30 PM Animal Feeding  (Location: Nature Works)
3 PM – 4 PM Science on a Sphere Show

**Tuesdays and Thursdays are Maker Early Learning. 

Saturday Schedule

11 AM – 4 PM Maker Studio Open House
11 AM – 12 PM Educator Workshops (Location: Periodic Table)
11 AM – 12 PM Animal Encounter (Location: Nature Works)
11 AM – 12 PM Science on a Sphere Show
12 PM – 1 PM Science Demo (Location: Periodic Table)
1:30 PM – 2 PM Nature Discovery (Location: Nature Works)
1:30 PM – 2 PM Science on a Sphere Show
2 PM – 3 PM Science Demos (Location: Maze Park)
2:30 PM – 3:30  PM Maker Workshop (Location: Maker Studio)
3 PM – 4 PM Animal Feeding  (Location: Nature Works)
3 PM – 4 PM Science on a Sphere Show

Sunday Schedule

12:00-12:30 Animal Encounter (Nature Works)
12:30 – 1 PM Science on a Sphere Show
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Science Demo (Location: Periodic Table)
1:30 PM – 2 PM Nature Discovery (Location: Nature Works)
1 PM – 4 PM Maker Studio Open House
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Maker Workshop (Location: Maker Studio)
2 PM – 3 PM Science Demo (Location: Periodic Table)
3 PM – 3:30 PM Animal Feeding  (Location: Nature Works)
3-3:30 Educator Workshop (Periodic Table)


Throughout the month, guests will encounter a variety of different activities for the above schedule. See below what type of activities you may encounter.

  • Science Demonstrations & Science Workshops in various areas throughout Science City

    • Determining the Brightness of Stars
      • Using modern technologies, learn how women astronomers in the 1800’s, such as Henrietta Leavitt, changed the field of Astronomy by making discoveries that were used by other astronomers decades later. 
    • DNA Structure and Histones
      • Discover why Rosalind Franklin’s work as the first to discover the structure of DNA has come to change the world of biology and beyond. Learn how DNA is able to pack so much information trillions of times over within your body.
    • DNA Coding Bracelet
      • Celebrate the discoveries of Rosalind Franklin by making a wearable version of DNA while learning how her discoveries helped discover the structure and formatting of DNA.
    • How to Use a Geiger Counter
      • Learn how Marie Curie’s discoveries in radiation are allowing us to safely work with radioactive materials and understand how radiation is everywhere!
    • How to Measure Radiation
      • Learn about the calculations that make sure those who work with radioactive materials and radiation safe while also learning how these calculations could have helped Marie Curie stay safe during her research.
    • What are Geodesics?
      • Learn about the first woman, first Iranian, and first Muslim to win the Field’s Metal (The Nobel Prize of Mathematics). Maryam Mirzakhani’s contributions to Math have helped simplify and solve problems in manufacturing and for the future of scientists around the globe.
  • Early Learning Activities in the PNC Learning Lab

    • Astonishing Airplanes- Decorate a paper airplane and test how it flys.
    • Wacky Wheels- Test out different size wheels and other round objects to see their motion.
    • Creative Cars-Explore the motion of a vehicle's wheels using creative materials.
    • Rad Roads and Ramps- Race cars and explore if roads and ramps made of different materials affect the cars speed.
    • Terrific Trains- Test how much weight a train engine can pull, load up the train cars to see!
    • Building Bridges- Measure and see how long you can make a bridge! Can it support a moving vehicle
    • “Hungry Caterpillar Puppet”- Make a Cute Crawling Caterpillar Puppet
    • “Mini Printmaking”- Play with Printmaking and Everyday Objects
    • “Rainbow Viewer”- See all the Colors of Light with a DIY Rainbow Viewer
    • “Flower Power”- Make colorful flowers bloom with the power of water
  • Maker Workshops in the Maker Studio 

    • “DIY Biome”- Make your own mini biome to grow and water plants all in one.
    • “Circuits - Leavitt's Law Starlight Star Bright”-   Make a star-gazing dome by combining papercraft and circuitry.
    • “Mechanical Hand”- Augment yourself by making a mechanical hand.
    •  “Sew a Wearable Circuit”- Sew a felt bracelet and add a glowing LED to it.