Exhibits & Programs

Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend: May 6-8, 2016

Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend

Pacific Science Center welcomes the University of Washington for Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend with plenty of purple, gold and hands-on science experiments for the whole family. Huskies of all ages are invited to participate in three days of interactive activities that highlight the cutting-edge research from a globally ranked university located right in the heart of Seattle.

Learn about the boundless research breakthroughs happening in our own backyard. Don’t miss out on special appearances made by Harry the Husky, the Husky Marching Band, UW Cheer and Dance, and live UW mascot, Dubs.

Price:
Paws-on Science is included with the price of general admission and FREE for Pacific Science Center Members. UW alumni, students, faculty and staff will also enjoy a 20 percent discount on admission.

Get a sneak peek at what’s in store in this quick PacSci Podcast:

Activities you will find at Paws-on Science: 

Anyone Can Be a Computer Scientist!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Building 2
Do you love robots? Come visit us and take our robot challenge! Using a simple phone app, move your robot to reach their tile destination. Learn more about how programing can be fun for everyone.

Building Medicine for the Brain
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery
Learn more about the brain and how medicine is developed to work around the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to help fight inflammation and diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

DNA, the Brain and YOU
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Ackerely Family Exhibit Gallery
Explore how your brain and DNA impacts your behavior

Elephant Toothpaste
Saturday and Sunday
Ackerely Family Exhibit Gallery
Learn all about how sustainable and environmentally friendly catalysts are being developed while watching our scientists make “Elephant Toothpaste.”

Engingeering Biological Systems
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Building 2
Meet the UW’s iGEM team and see how they design varieties of bacteria to help produce potential anti-cancer drugs using biochemistry and math.

Hunting Viruses
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Ackerely Family Exhibit Gallery
Play an exiciting hands-on game to learn about how your immune system hunts down viruses to keep you from getting sick.

Inside a Baby’s Brain
Friday
Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery
Find out exactly how the brain learns! Try out timed chanlleges to see how quickly your brain switches back and forth between two tasks.

Inside Your Ears
Saturday and Sunday
Building 3
Discover more about how your ears work and what noises might hurt your ears through interactive activities.

Mini Pharmacy
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery
Crush pills, neutralize acide and learn how a foaming, colorful mess can teach us more about medicine.

NANOOS Buoy Challenge
Saturday
Ackerely Family Exhibit Gallery
Build a buoy using PVC pipes, and test your design in a trough of water to better understand how buoys work with other ocean-observing technology.

Paw-Iyhedra
Saturday
Building 2
Gain a better understanding of geometry in the world around us through puzzles and paper models, and enter a raffle to win awesome 3-D mathematical prints!

Seeing the Hidden Structure of Language
Friday and Saturday
Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery
Discover the hidden world of language! Learn more about hidden patterns and our complex system that we use to every day to communicate.

Smashing Protons
Saturday
Building 2
Come see how protons accelerate, collide and reconstruct through computers.

Take the Robinson Center Challenge!
Saturday and Sunday
Building 2
Learn more about the Robinson Center while playing some fun puzzles and games.

The Environmental and Your Health
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery
Challenge yourself with our spinning quiz wheel and uncover the hazards in your home, environment and workplace that affect your health.

Tinker Tank
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Building 3
Come build your own gravity wall, pinball machine or just be creative with our KEVA blocks in the Tinker Tank. Don’r forget to bring your UWAA membership card for a free Husky Family slap bracelet!

Who Eats Whom in the Bering Sea?
Saturday
Building 2
Put together a mobile food chain and learn all about the ecosystem of Alaska’s Bering Sea — Home of much of Seattle’s seafood!

Paws-On Science
Special Guest Schedule

Saturday, May 7 Noon-1 p.m.
Dubs, Live UW Mascot

Sunday, May 8 Noon-1 p.m.
The Husky Marching Band
UW Cheer and Dance
Harry the Husky