Science Discovery Lab Activities
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.
Can sound really travel through a string? Make your own paper cup telephone and discover how sound waves move though different materials.Learn More
Will your boat be able to withstand the challenge? Participants will make a boat, then test how much weight it can hold before sinking.Learn More
See what happens as capillary action causes water to creep up a paper strip. Discover the hidden colors inside an everyday marker.Learn More
Learn about chemical reactions as we combine different common household products. The results may surprise you!Learn More
Sounds are all around us. We will experiment with how sounds are created and how sound waves travel through different materials.Learn More
We'll explore electricity and basic circuits as we get motors to spin and bulbs to light.Learn More
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.Learn More
Discover some cool things about magnets and their properties as we conduct some experiments using lots of different materials.Learn More
Construct your own miniature parachute and learn how air resistance works to slow down a falling object.Learn More
We'll play tricks on our brains and eyes while discovering that things are not always as they appear.Learn More