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Science on the Road

Assembly Shows


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The dynamic action in our science assembly programs includes audience participation, fun-filled demonstrations, and live experiments with creative props.

Capacity: 250 students
Time required: 45 minutes
Fee: Prices below include set-up and one presentation; $175 for each repeat presentation.

NEW! SolarQuest

Fee: $475

Content themes: Astronomy, Physics, Technology, Environmental Science

This theater-style assembly show will employs large-scale props, costumes, banners, stunning visual imagery, and live physics and chemistry demonstrations, as well as audience participation, to immerse students in a futuristic journey through the Solar System.

A 10-minute, full-dome digital planetarium show – a "fly-through" of the Sun/Earth environment – is incorporated through the use of a portable digital planetarium system.

Ten hands-on learning stations – including tabletop explorations for individual students, as well as small groups – reinforce and further develop the scientific concepts related to heliophysics and the Solar Dynamic Observatory that are introduced in the assembly show. Grades K-8. Read more...

Wild By Design: Innovations from A to Zoo

Fee: $475

Content themes: Zoology, Physics, Engineering, Regional Science

We don't often think of physics when heading to the zoo. If you want to make something better, faster, or stronger, chances are you'll find the answer in nature. Meet our giant inflatable humpback whale, Gracie, who demonstrates how the physics of flippers are inspiring new wind turbines and test a "gravity-defying" slow motion slinky to study the trunk of our giant inflatable elephant, Zuri! Local zookeepers, chemists, and robot designers join in the conversation – and some real zoo animals make their on-screen debut. Read more...

Produced in partnership with PPG



Special thanks to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

 Forces, Matter, and Motion!

Fee: $375

Content Themes: Physical Science, Human Endeavors

From bowling balls to Einstein's gravity wells, experience the forces that keep you in your chairs, as well as the planets and stars in their orbits! Take part in high impact demonstrations of Newton's Laws as this show smashes, crashes, and blasts you on a tour of universal forces and ever-changing forms of energy. For grades K-8

 NEW! Take a Hike: Backyard Biodiversity

Fee: $375

Content Themes: Biodiversity, Technology, Regional Science

Become a field biologist on a global trek through woodlands, waterways, and even clouds! Sensors, sounds, and satellites help you track and map wildlife. Discover amazing animal adaptations on your high-tech adventure. Team up with local conservationists and learn how to be a "Habitat Hero" in your own backyard! For grades K-6

Sponsored by:
Spring, a program of The Sprout Fund


Captain Green's Time Machine

Fee: $475

Content themes: Conservation, Ecology, Climate Change

Join Captain Green on a quest to save the environment. Travel to ecosystems around the globe as you learn about the science of climate change in rain forests, oceans, and polar ice caps through demonstrations of fiery methane bubbles and colorful dry ice chemistry. Explore renewable energy technology with an ethanol fire car and a windy demonstration of lift. Take control of "Spaceship Earth" as you race against time to create a sustainable future! Read more...

Produced in partnership with PPG

Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry

Fee: $475

Content themes: Chemistry, States of Matter, Regional Science

Discover the hidden treasures of chemistry in this action-packed adventure! Team up with "Ion" Jones and real PPG scientists on a global quest to collect the elements. Unleash a Mentos Geyser in the Bubblin' Badlands, test your materials science mettle in the Dunes of Silica, and ignite the Mountain of Fire. By the time your students reach the castle, they will have observed chemistry in action?from catalysts to combustion! Read more...

Produced in partnership with PPG

NEW! Colossal Fossil Fuels

Fee: $475

Content themes: Geology, Energy, Paleontology, Regional Science

It's an epic energy adventure millions of years in the making! Journey through time in search of coal, oil, and natural gas. Travel to Prehistoric Park, roar with ancient animals, and discover the plants or plankton that became fossil fuels. At Geology Junction, use sound and electricity to locate underground fuel deposits. At Rockbuster Rig, extract natural gas from the region's Marcellus Shale formation.

Produced in partnership with

 Rockin' Robots: World Tour

Fee: $475

Content themes: Robotics, Engineering, Technology, Regional Science

Juice your circuits, spin your gyros, and groove to the binary beat! Meet Quasi the Robot, a childlike animatronic robot who dreams of adventure, and help him design and deploy a heroic band of 'bots to help humanity! Interact with real robotic technology as you take the World Tour. By the end of the show, Quasi will have explored land, sea, and space on his journey to become a rockin' robot! Read more...

Produced in partnership with


Special thanks to Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation and C.W. Benedum Foundation

Fire and Ice

Fee: $375

For grades K-8
Content themes: Energy, States of Matter

Students learn about combustion and the fire triangle, then see what happens when objects are frozen at 320? below zero in liquid nitrogen.

Sponsored by:

Light Fantastic

Fee: $375

For grades K-8
Content themes: Chemistry, Light

In this program, vibrant demonstrations illuminate the chemistry of light and lasers. Explore the chemistry of color in an interactive show themed to the Periodic Table of Elements.

Sponsored by:

 Dinosaur Detectives

For grades K–2
Content themes: Biology, Human Endeavors

What did dinosaurs eat, and why? What did they sound like and look like? If they lived so long ago, how do scientists know so much about them? Investigate clues from the dinosaur fossil record to answer these questions and more as you become a dinosaur detective!

Developed in partnership with Carnegie Museum of Natural History

 Amazing Bugs

For grades K–4
Content themes: Biology, Human Endeavors, Environmental Science, Ecosystems

Bugs are among the most diverse living things on the planet, but how much do you really know about them? Can you tell an insect from an arachnid? (Hint: count the legs!) Join us to explore the nature of these helpful, sometimes harmful, always amazing bugs!

Developed in partnership with Carnegie Museum of Natural History



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