Science Discovery Lab Activities

Pull up a stool at the Discovery Lab for some great scientific investigations.

The Lab is located on the second floor and all activities and investigations are led by Museum staff and volunteer Explainers. Free with Museum admission.

Each investigation is between 15 and 30 minutes and provides children and families opportunities to explore science while having fun and working directly with Museum staff and volunteers.

Three different levels of activities allow Museum staff to design age-appropriate programs.

  • Young Scientist Activity—for preschoolers’ and their families.
  • Family Science Program—designed for visitors of all ages. Activities encourage family involvement and interaction.
  • Lab Coat Investigation—for ages 9 and above. Activities are more sophisticated, often using specialized tools and equipment such as compound microscopes. (Lab Coat Investigations are not appropriate for our younger audience.) Lab Coat Investigations are sponsored by Hypertherm.

Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter Ants Find out how leafcutter ants grow their own food. Learn More

Paper Cup Telephones

Paper Cup Telephones

Can sound really travel through a string? Make your own paper cup telephone and discover how sound waves move though different materials.

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Color Mixing

Color Mixing Learn how to mix up colors! Learn More

Who Sank the Boat?

Will your boat be able to withstand the challenge? Participants will make a boat, then test how much weight it can hold before sinking. 

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Straw Rockets

Straw Rockets You've heard of paper airplanes, but how about paper rockets? Learn More

Hoopster Gliders

Hoopster Gliders Learn to build a glider that soars through the air! Learn More

Turtle Discovery

Turtle Discovery Learn about turtles native to the Upper Valley. Learn More

Kitchen Chemistry

Kitchen Chemistry

Learn about chemical reactions as we combine different common household products. The results may surprise you!

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Sound Science

Sounds are all around us. We will experiment with how sounds are created and how sound waves travel through different materials.

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Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror Use mirrors to investigate reflection and symmetry. Learn More

Batteries & Motors

Batteries & Motors

We'll explore electricity and basic circuits as we get motors to spin and bulbs to light.

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Fossils: Evidence of the Past

Fossils: Evidence of the Past

You will get a chance to handle real fossils from the Museum's collection and then use a variety of clues to uncover their origins. 

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Exploring Magnets

Exploring Magnets

Discover some cool things about magnets and their properties as we conduct some experiments using lots of different materials.

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Parachutes

Parachutes

Construct your own miniature parachute and learn how air resistance works to slow down a falling object.

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Optical Illusions

We'll play tricks on our brains and eyes while discovering that things are not always as they appear.

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Skulls

Skulls Learn about New England Wildlife as we examine their skeletal remains. Learn More

Lab Coat Investigations

Lab Coat Investigations An activity for adults and children 9 years of age and older. Learn More