Events & Programs

Science On Wheels: Early Learners

Early Learner programs are designed to ignite curiosity and create excitement for science, whether during the school day or at weekend or evening family events. 

Early Learner programs are only available in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. 

Program Pricing

Prices are for local and regional programs. Subsidies are available for programs that serve learners in low-income communities; please inquire when requesting your Science On Wheels program. For Science On Wheels pricing information, please contact scienceonwheels@pacsci.org.

Program Themes

SENSE-sational Science Show

Explore your fabulous five senses! Put your taste buds to the test, make “scents” of mysterious odors, open your eyes to illusions and more! Geared toward audiences in grades PreK-2. A controlled fire demonstration (optional) is included in this show.

Requirements

  • 400 participants maximum
  • Large area such as a gym or multipurpose room
  • A stage or performance area
  • Two large tables for presenter(s)
  • Access to water and electricity
  • Access to a sound system, if available
  • This show must be performed inside
  • Controlled fire demonstration (optional) requires a ceiling height of at least 12 feet
  • Call (206) 443-2925 for more information
Storybook Science Preschool Workshops

Science springs from storybooks as we start class with a tale, and then delve deeper with hands-on activities and experiments. Use magnifying glasses to investigate the miniature world of insects, compare your teeth to the fangs of a grizzly bear, create a boat that floats and more. Each workshop is 45 minutes long.

Requirements

  • 24 participants per workshop maximum
  • Tables and chairs for participants
  • At least one staff member or adult must be present
  • Workshops must be scheduled consecutively on the same day
  • Boats Afloat and Creating Color workshops require access to water

Programs

Boats Afloat
Read a story featuring many boats and their important jobs. Explore what makes something float or sink. Then kids put their creativity to work as they design and build their own ship out of clay. Will your boat stay afloat?

Building Bridges
Read a story about the many bridges we see and use everyday. Test and redesign a bridge to see how much stress it can take. Then kids put their creativity to the test by designing their own bridge out of blocks to solve a problem.

Creating Color
Listen to a story about warthogs discovering color. Explore primary and secondary colors, learn about the color wheel, and do some color experiments!

Incredible Insects
Read a story about a little boy and an ant as they discover the many ways they are the same. Meet some real cockroaches and use magnifiers to discover the difference between insects and other animals.

Making Music
Read about a boy who loves music but hears it in a different way, and then experiment with sound, pitch, and waves. Put it all together and play fascinating percussion instruments.

Tooth Sleuths
Read a story all about animals and their teeth! Kids investigate animal skulls and compare their teeth to their own. Learn about the rule of two and how we use it to keep our teeth healthy.

Star Explorers: Planetarium

Become an astronaut and take a trip to space in our portable planetarium. Explore the moon, stars and even planets! Learn about the stories that hide in the night sky by discovering and connecting your own constellations. The planetarium has additional requirements, including:

  • Large indoor space such as a gym or multipurpose room, planetarium dimensions are 25ft x 25ft x 12ft
  • Due to noise, this area cannot be used for other activities during planetarium workshop(s)
  • At least one staff member or adult must be present
  • Access to electricity
  • Participant age 3 to 5

If any participants in your group have accessibility requirements, please let us know so we may provide reasonable accommodations.

This program includes 25 minutes inside of the planetarium as well as additional classroom activities (3 hour minimum).

Request Your Science On Wheels Program

Register now for the 2018-2019 school year. After you submit your registration request, we will contact you to plan your Science On Wheels visit. Questions? Email edprograms@pacsci.org.

 

Additional Information

Not sure what you’re looking for? Programs can be adapted to fit your needs. Call (206) 443-2925 or email scienceonwheels@pacsci.org.

TDD: (206) 443-2887

 

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