Exhibits & Programs

Science On Wheels – Local Community Events

Bring the interactive, fun and educational experience of a Science On Wheels visit to your facility. Education programs can be booked individually or combined to build a more wide-ranging experience. Programs start at $400 plus a round-trip mileage fee of $0.55. For community events located outside of King, Pierce or Snohomish counties, please call (206) 443-2925.

Book Your Science On Wheels Program

You can also submit a PDF version of the Registration Request Form to edprograms@pacsci.org or fax to (206) 443-6600.

Program Options

Choose one or a combination of the following:

Science Shows

40-minute live science shows present scientific content and methods in a compelling and fun presentation. Audience participation and giant props make science pop with excitement.

Requirements:

  • Up to 400 students
  • PA system
  • 1-2 large tables
  • Access to water
  • Controlled fire demonstrations are involved in many shows. Call (206) 443-2925 for questions and more information.

Choose from the following shows:

Fossil Time
Dig into the past with Fossil Time. Learn how fossils form and how radioactivity reveals their age. Tour the fossil record and discover the earliest known living things. It’s Fossil Time!

Mathbusters
How do we use math in our everyday lives? What would happen if we decided not to use math? How can math be used to help create a colorful chemical reaction? Explore the many ways we use numbers, shapes, probability and measurement every day and how we would be lost without them. This interactive show uses volunteers, games and a thrilling chemical reaction to demonstrate that math truly is a blast.

Super Cool Science Show
Discover what happens when things get super cool with liquid nitrogen! Watch as gases become liquids, liquids become solids and matter fizzes, freezes and flies.

Volts & Jolts
Electricity is illuminated in a series of shocking experiments! Explore the properties of electricity with our hair-raising Van de Graaff Generator and Tesla Coil.

SENSE-ational Science
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 grades PreK-2.

Exhibit Sets

Transform any large room into a science center! These hands-on science exhibit sets are designed to be an engaging “science playground” for all participants.

Choose from the following topics:

  • Space Odyssey* (Astronomy)
  • Engineering*
  • Rock and Roll (Geology)
  • Mathblast*
  • Neuroscience*
  • Physics On Wheels*
  • Blood & Guts (Anatomy and Physiology)

*Exhibits available in English and Spanish

Requirements:

  • 25′ x 25′ covered area
  • 10-12 large tables with no seating attached
  • Access to electricity for most exhibit sets
Workshops

Bring Pacific Science Center educators to your facility for in-depth science exploration! We have more than 50 hour-long workshops available. Prices start at $400 for up to 3 lessons. Other options may be available; call (206) 443-2925 for more information.

Choose from the following categories:

Astronomy

Grades K-2

 

  • Lighten Up: Our original story leads students in an exploration of the amazing properties of light as we experiment with a unique collection of objects and flashlights to learn about sunlight, reflection, rainbows, and more. Room must be darkened for best results.
  • Your Place in Space: Take a trip around the solar system with our original story Slugs in Space. Students will use solar system maps to match planets with objects representing their unique characteristics and explore what makes Earth the best place in Space for us.

Grades 3-5

  • Cosmic Colors: Become classroom astronomers as you use spectroscopic glasses to view celestial gases and discover the true nature of stars. Overhead document camera recommended. Room must be darkened for best results.
  • Plan It: Mars: Using Mars as your destination, explore the science and mathematics behind planning space travel. Upon achieving Mars orbit, determine what makes a good landing site. Once on the surface, simulate with a partner remote “Mission Control” commands to the Mars rover. TV and VCR required. Students work in groups of three.

Grades 5-8

  • Spectacular Spectra: What can astronomers learn about the lives of the stars from rainbows? Using spectroscopic glasses, analyze star gases to learn about stellar composition and evolution. Overhead document camera recommended. Room must be darkened for best results.
  • Lunar Logic: Explore the Earth-Moon system to learn what causes the familiar phases of our moon. Listen to the voices of the Apollo 11 crew as an astronaut takes the first steps on the moon! Overhead document camera required. Room must be darkened for best results.

Engineering

Grades K-2

 

  • Machine Makeover: Become hands-on inventors, creating a Lego Duplo Toolo® machine to help solve everyday problems. As mechanical engineers, you design a machine that will lift beams or scoop rocks!
  • Super Structures: Build structures that will stand tall! Perform tests to discover what makes a strong and stable building using foam blocks, wooden dowels and mini foundations.
  • Radical Robots: How can robots help us solve problems? Explore the world of robotics while becoming real robot programmers. KIBO robots® will temporarily take over your classroom! Please move desks and chairs to the edges of the room prior to this workshop.

Grades 3-5

  • Bridge the Gap*: Will your bridge survive? Test the limits of a K’NEX® bridge and discover what makes it stronger.
  • Material World*: Receive a mystery substance that you can bounce, twist and stretch to the limit! Brainstorm creative ways people can use it. You will enjoy handling the mystery substance which is a non-Newtonian fluid that both flows and breaks.
  • Get In Gear*: How does a mechanical engineer design an amusement park ride so that it spins the fastest? Explore the spinning, whirling world of gears.

Grades 5-8

  • Bridge the Gap*: Reinforce your skills in building and analyzing structures. Test the limits of a K’NEX® bridge and discover what makes it stronger.
  • Enviro-Sleuths*: Where should the town build the new mall? As environmental engineers, students determine water quality by testing pH and analyzing the presence of bioindicators. Student data is used to predict environmental impact on Yourtown, USA.
  • Wired Up*: What is the best pathway for electricity? With the right connections, you can make bulbs light and motors run.

*Overhead document camera required.

Rock and Roll (Geology)

Grades K-2

 

  • Fantastic Fossils: Is it a rock or is it a fossil? Answer this question for yourself as you examine real fossils in our collections. This lesson is sure to make a “lasting impression.”
  • Radical Rocks: Can you write with a rock? Use scientific tools and tests to find out how you use rocks every day! Ability to darken room allows for best results.
  • Sand-tastic!: What is sand made of? How does it form? Make sand in this lesson, explore sand from around the world, and use the tools of geologists to closely examine the exciting world of sand!

Grades 3-5

  • Crystal Clear: What are crystals and how are they formed? Discover the properties of these special minerals as you see, touch, sort, and examine them. Attempt to grow crystals right before your very eyes!
  • Landform Logic: Is it Earth or Mars? Compare the geology of these two planets and discover the geological mysteries that rocks keep. Learn how to decipher satellite images of Earth, and then use what you’ve learned to interpret some of the mysteries of Mars.
  • Mineral Madness: Examine unusual rocks with exciting scientific equipment. Use geological tests to determine the properties of minerals. Apply your new knowledge of these properties to learn the names and everyday uses of these minerals. Ability to darken room allows for best results.
  • Magma Mountains: What is a volcano? Why do some volcanoes ooze and others explode? Compare the eruptions of Hawaiian volcanoes and Mount St. Helens and explore volcanoes from around the world. Examine volcanic rocks and learn why eruptions can be so different – an “explosive” experience! Overhead document camera required. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Grades 6-8

  • Landform Logic: Is it Earth or Mars? Compare the geology of these two planets and discover the geological mysteries that rocks keep. Learn how to decipher satellite images of Earth, and then use what you’ve learned to interpret some of the mysteries of Mars.
  • Mineral Madness: Examine unusual rocks with exciting scientific equipment. Use geological tests to determine the properties of minerals. Apply your new knowledge of these properties to learn the names and everyday uses of these minerals. Ability to darken room allows for best results.
  • Magma Mountains: What is a volcano? Why do some volcanoes ooze and others explode? Compare the eruptions of Hawaiian volcanoes and Mount St. Helens and explore volcanoes from around the world. Examine volcanic rocks and learn why eruptions can be so different – an “explosive” experience! Overhead document camera required.

 

Mathblast

Grades K-2

  • Mirror Image*: Explore the world of symmetry while playing “The Reflection Game” using PentaBlocksTM! Design colorful, symmetrical patterns and find symmetry in the world around you.
  • Sometimes Never*: Take a spin with a colorful probability device to find out the chances of going to recess or visiting the library. Check predictions by recording spinner results with tiles on a wooden tile board to make a bar graph.
  • Big Things, Little Things: Our story of chickens in space initiates your exploration of perspective and scale. Match three dimensional objects to aerial photos and discover that close- up objects appear larger and far away objects appear smaller.

Grades 3-5

  • Puzzling Pentominoes*: Puzzled about pentominoes? A pentomino is a special arrangement of five squares that can make pictures and letters if you piece them together just right. Exercise your spatial reasoning using these cool puzzle pieces.
  • Collect All 4*: How much money will you have to spend to collect all four of our unique play characters? Dig deeply into “cereal,” graphs and wallets to explore probability through the popular world of collecting.
  • Code Breakers*: Did you know codes and ciphers are based on mathematical reasoning? Discover the math in real-world codes and ciphers by exploring secret messages. Break historical codes, decipher mysteries, and create your own form of communication based on logic and patterns.

Grades 5-8

  • Dynamic Dice*: Explore polyhedrons while designing and playing carnival dice games. Game operators calculate and convert probabilities to choose prizes. Predicted probabilities are compared to results.
  • NetShape Navigator*: Learn to recognize the patterns in geometric solids by using fun PolydronTM manipulatives. Discover the mathematical connections between geometric solids and their “networks” or “nets” – a flat drawing that can be folded to form a 3-D solid.
  • Fabulous Fractals*: What do a seashell and broccoli have in common? Explore a living branch of mathematics through everyday objects and exotic art including the Mandelbrot set. TV with VCR or DVD player required.

*Overhead document camera required.

Physics On Wheels

Grades K-2

  • The Force: Can a magnet stick to a rock? Be surprised by the attractive force of magnetism! Discover the mysterious properties of magnets through exploration.
  • Good Vibrations: Dive into the wonderful world of sound with tuning forks, musical instruments and more. Investigate how people make and hear sounds. Please note: This workshop can get quite loud.
  • Leaping Lenses: Predict and then observe which objects bounce light and which ones bend light by exploring with our unique kits. Watch a laser beam reflect and refract! Discover many places mirrors and lenses can be found. Room must be darkened for best results.
  • The Light Frontier: What is light? Discover the characteristics of light firsthand through exploration. Learn how to change light, discover some different types of light, and investigate the world of color! Room must be darkened for best results.

Grades 3-5

  • See-Saw Savvy: Discover which everyday objects are really levers in disguise. Build lever systems and experiment with this simple machine.
  • Charged Up: What is electricity and how does it travel? Where does electricity come from? Learn about circuits and generators firsthand by designing electric circuits and generating electricity to power lights.
  • Good Vibrations: Dive into the wonderful world of sound with tuning forks, musical instruments and more. Investigate differences in pitch, volume and frequency and explore the ear and its ability to hear. Please note: This lesson can get quite loud.
  • Refraction Action: Observe the behavior of laser light as it interacts with different materials to understand reflection and refraction. Discover and discern between convex and concave lenses through exploration and sorting activities. Room must be darkened for best results.

Grades 5-8

  • Electric Magnets: How are electricity and magnetism related? Find out by generating electricity with magnets and using electricity to make magnets. This lesson may be taught to a 4th grade class with previous electric circuit experience.
  • Refraction Action: Observe the behavior of laser light as it interacts with different materials to understand reflection and refraction. Discover and discern between convex and concave lenses through exploration and sorting activities. Room must be darkened for best results.
  • Pulley Power: Learn to lift heavy objects with ease. Design and explore pulley systems to find out how and why this simple machine makes work so much easier. Students work in groups of three.

Blood and Guts (Anatomy & Physiology)

Grades K-2

  • Creature Features: Our fun story, Sally Sue Visits the Zoo, will lead you on an exploration of comparative anatomy. Take a closer look at some of your features such as skin, teeth, and heart rate and compare them to a variety of exciting animals.
  • You’ve Got Nerve: How is your brain like a detective? Use your senses to explore mystery scents and fabrics with different textures. You’ll see how information about the world around you is collected, then sent to and processed by the brain.
  • Bone Zone: Why do we have bones anyway? You will assemble a mini skeleton and look at x-rays as you learn more about the shape, movement and function of bones.

Grades 3-5

  • Bone Zone: Assemble a mini skeleton as you explore the location and function of bones and joints. Use what you learn to look at x-rays and make a diagnosis. Appropriate for grades 3-4. For 5th grade, consider the Main Frame workshop below.
  • Piece of Mind: Be awe-inspired by the power of the brain! You’ll explore how your mind works, discovering more about memory and other functions of your brain using puzzles and fun activities.
  • Visual Eyes: Have you ever looked into your own eyes or watched your eyes react to light and dark? Learn the names, locations and functions of the parts of the eye as you explore the remarkable world of optics. For best results, darken room.

Grades 5-8

  • Main Frame: We’ve got some bones to pick with your class! Cooperative groups will construct mini human skeletons and real animal skeletons, then compare their form and function. Students work in groups of 4-6. A large table or floor space is required.
  • Cells R Us: Cells, cells everywhere…from the tips of your toes to the ends of your hair. Do all cells look alike? This and other questions will be answered as you use microscopes to distinguish between various cells and learn about their specialized functions.
  • Visual Eyes: Keep your eyes peeled as we explore the science behind vision. Learn the names, locations and functions of the parts of the eye as you explore the remarkable world of optics. For best results, darken room.
  • Piece of Mind: Be awe-inspired by the power of the brain! You’ll explore how your mind works, discovering more about memory and other functions of your brain using puzzles and fun activities.

Requirements:

  • Access to a whiteboard
  • Enough tables and chairs for all participants (up to 24 participants)
  • At least one staff member or volunteer must be present.
  • Workshops must be consecutive and from one science topic.
  • Document cameras are recommended for most workshops.

Not sure which program is right for you? Call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org. To learn more about Science On Wheels, review our Frequently Asked Questions.

TDD: (206) 443-2887

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