• Carnegie Science Center will close at 4 pm on Thursday, August 28.

High School Workshop Days

Want extra value for your field trip to Carnegie Science Center? Book your high school class excursion for one of our High School Workshop Days! For the same price as a regular field trip – $8 per person – your students can add a special workshop and a lunchtime career-exploration experience.

For just $4 more per person, add Mysteries of the Unseen World, an amazing new Omnimax movie about things that you’ve never seen, even though they are right before your eyes. Discover More!

Choose from two dates:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Thursday, April. 10, 2014

Brown Bag It! Lunchtime career exploration

Bring your lunch to the optional "Brown Bag It!" lunch-and-learn. Our community partner in this program is the University of Pittsburgh Department of Bioengineering, which has six tracks in bioengineering: cellular and organ engineering, biomechanics, biosignals and imaging, physiology and biophysics, neural engineering, and medical product engineering. Speak with five or six PhD students, discuss their amazing research and some of their career choices to date. Be sure to join in on the Q & A.

Science and technology topics include:
Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Technology, IT, Anatomy and Biology

Choose from these workshops

(all have a capacity of 30 students and run for 45 minutes):


Concepts of Scale and Everyday Applications

Nanotechnology touches many facets of our lives and all areas of science, yet we are just beginning to learn about its potential impact. In this workshop, students explore the benefits, risks and challenges of this new frontier. They learn what "nano" means and how substances behave differently at the nano scale. Students experiment with peacock feathers, clothing, ferrofluid, hydrophobics and more to explore the wonders of nanotechnology, and engage in a unique LEGO competition to simulate the challenges of working at the nano scale. No prior knowledge of nanotechnology is required.

Science and technology topics include:
Basics of Advanced Materials Processes (including Chemistry), and Nanotechnology

Classroom Resources

The Chemistry of Healthy Food

Production and Consumer Choices

If you are what you eat... what are you? We all want food that's healthy and tastes good, but food labels today can be confusing and misleading.

What difference does it make, for you and the environment, if your meat contains hormones or antibiotics? What are the "dirty dozen"? How do seasonal, local and organics figure into your food choices? Explore options, cook, and sample a tasty, nutritious dish featuring an international super food!

Science and technology topics include:
Environment, Biology, Chemistry, Nanotechnology and Health

Classroom Resources

Using Information Technology To Generate Astronomical Images

How do amazing celestial objects, originally captured as complex data by telescopes, become beautiful colored images? You might be surprised to learn that color in any astronomical photograph is fabricated. In this workshop, you’ll create your own colored astronomical images using real data captured by NASA flagship missions like the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about the research process, and how these images play a role in the process.

Presenter is Carnegie Science Center’s Rob Marshall, who was selected by NASA for the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP), which gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. They partner with small groups of educators and a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project.

Science and technology topics include:
IT, Astronomy, Nanotechnology and Graphics/Art

Classroom Resources

Technology Transforms Oceanography

This program looks into the impact of human activity on oceans and ocean stewardship.

Students will perform hands-on activities that relate to oil spills and their remediation as well as the water budget and the structure of reef systems. They will explore what’s under the sea with a 2,000 gallon, interconnected five-tank living coral reef ecosystem, containing more than 400 species of plants and animals. In addition, students will work together to determine ways that technology is applied to ocean stewardship and how they can take an active role in maintaining clean waterways in the Pittsburgh area that will help to preserve the oceans.

Science and technology topics include:
Chemistry, Biology, Math, Engineering, Nanotechnology, Critical Thinking and Environment

Classroom Resources

3D Printing and Design

In a State of the Union address, President Obama said that 3D printing "has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost anything." What do you know about 3D design, 3D printing and scanning – even 3D software? Will 3D printing be the next major technological revolution?

Imagine villages in the developing world printing parts for farm equipment or water pumps, and the solar panels that drive them. Imagine mobile production plants quickly deployed in disaster zones, printing out anything from arm splints to tent stakes. This workshop includes a demo of 3D printing and students will use 3D software to customize an item for themselves, working in teams of two. Their file will be emailed to them so they can have it printed. The students will vote on the coolest design executed in their workshop. The designers will be sent their free 3D printed creation!

Science and technology topics include:
IT, Business, Manufacturing, and Graphics

Classroom Resources

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