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Science on the Road

Best Value Science Experiences


Get a Free Show! The Shop 'n Save® SEED program will bring any program listed with this logo to your school at no cost to you. Shop 'n Save has now made it even easier to earn your S.E.E.D assemblies. Simply go online and designate your school to receive the points you earn when you shop! No more collecting paper receipts! Call 412.237.3400 option 7 for more info.

Keep the excitement going for hours with our All-Day Science Experiences! Our dynamic science shows are jam-packed with spectacular science, awe-inspiring demos, and hands-on activities that students will love—and that reinforce science concepts!

Our staff will be at your site for a full day and can accommodate up to 480 students per day, two hours per class.

For grades 1-8
Capacity: 480 students
Time Required: 45 minutes
Fee: $850

What you'll need:

Two breaks during the school day: One hour for the assembly and 45 minutes for the adventure stations. 12–15 adult volunteers, students, or combination of both. (Your Science Center presenter will conduct a training workshop for volunteers 45 minutes before the first scheduled group.)

NEW! SolarQuest

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.

Living with Our Star in partnership with NASA

NEW! Wild By Design: Innovations from A to Zoo

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.

Produced in partnership with PPG



Special thanks to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Rockin' Robots: World Tour

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...

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

Captain Green's Time Machine

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

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

Colossal Fossil Fuels

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. Watch the video...

Produced in partnership with


Special thanks to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Don't have all day?
Try an hour-long version of any of these programs!

Time required: 45–60 minutes
Grades: 1–8
Fee: $475 includes set-up and one presentation

If you're short on time or space, try one of these as a stand-alone assembly show. Turn one of our best value science experiences into a program that works with your schedule and budget. These programs come with lots of great bells and whistles, just like our best value programs. These short assemblies will make a huge impact on your students! Our shows are customized for the appropriate grade level and are aligned with national and Pennsylvania academic standards and anchors to help support your educational goals. We request that you do not book one of our programs for more than three consecutive grades at a time.

PPG Grants Available

Learn how a Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grant can provide the financial support for your school to participate in educational outreach activities. Go to PPGFoundation.com to find out more.