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Exhibit Explorations

Virtual field trip experiences for grades 3–12

Take a deep dive into your favorite Science Center exhibits with themed experiences tailored to your students’ grade level. With engaging demonstrations, exhibit tours, and live instruction from our team of science educators, each virtual field trip experience is packed with the exciting and educational STEM lessons found in every Science Center program – all streamed directly to your classroom!

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  • NEW! Space and Subs: Exploring the Sky and Sea: Journey above and below in this exploration that will take students deep under the sea on the USS Requin (SS 481) Submarine as well as the ISS modules on display at the Great Lakes Science Center opens in a new window. Participants will get answers to questions like, “How do you go to the bathroom in space?” and “How do submarines come back up from deep in the ocean?”  Students will also get a chance to learn more about the science behind surviving in some of the harshest environments possible by visiting exhibits in the Science Center’s H2Oh! and SpacePlace.
  • NEW! Ace of Base(ball): Knock it out of the park in this exploration that blends anatomy, physics, and the sport of baseball. Virtually visit BodyWorks and Highmark SportsWorks® to learn how arms become levers and equipment can be tools tuned for optimal baseball performance. Participants will also virtually leave the Science Center to visit the Roberto Clemente Museum opens in a new windowfor an in-depth look at the style and skill of one of baseball’s greatest players. Participants will get a primer on how equipment becomes an extension of the player’s body and how it has changed over time. Students will consider the mental components of the sport, including how batters hit baseballs traveling too fast to see, tune out thousands of fans, and how they deal with the pressure of the game.
  • Rusty Business: From bridges to statues and from artwork to bicycles, rust can be found just about anywhere! In this exploration, learn how the flaky red substance forms, the impacts it has on the community, and how to protect against it. Hear from experts at The Andy Warhol Museum opens in a new window on how it can be used to create art. This experience includes visit to the USS Requin (SS 481) SubmarineH2Oh! and to various sites around Pittsburgh to find how different materials respond to corrosion.
  • River Ecology: Discover the exciting underwater world right outside your door. This lesson explores the rich ecosystem that exists both in the local waterways of downtown Pittsburgh and the creeks and pools in Powdermill Nature Reserve. Students will virtually visit exhibits from H2Oh!Miniature Railroad & Village®, as well as the streams of Powdermill opens in a new window. This exploration also includes a demonstration on what happens when humans build in watersheds, and a guide on how they can gauge waterway health for themselves from Science Center educators.
  • Submarines: Dive deep in the USS Requin (SS 481) in this exciting program all about the engineering and physics surrounding machines that descend to the deepest depths of the ocean. This program gets wet as Science Center staff demonstrate how density can make an object achieve positive, negative, and neutral buoyancy.
  • Animals and Aquaria: Understand how organisms interact with other living components of an ecosystem and how water quality affects populations. Featuring video interactions with the swimming, hopping, and slithering animals in the H2Oh! Field Station.
  • Space and Astronomy: Explore the relationship between the Earth, Sun, and other celestial bodies with out-of-this-world interactions in Buhl Planetarium and SpacePlace. End with a bang as the Theaters team demonstrates rocket propulsion using an alcohol-powered rocket.
  • Health and The Human Body: Observe how systems of the body behave and how external factors affect our overall health with a tour of BodyWorks. Then, visit the Works Theater for a demonstration of how the human body turns food into energy.

What teachers are saying about Exhibit Explorations:

“Thank you to Carnegie Science Center for the wonderful presentation on robotics! My students are very interested in the innovation of robotics and this got them excited for an upcoming project. Many thanks!”

What students enjoy about Exhibit Explorations:

“It was an amazing experience, honestly. If I could do it again, I would. I learned all about prototypes and robots and printing. I even learned that robots could see!”

“Thank you for ’coming’ to our school and sharing with us! I really enjoyed checking out the Science Center and learning about the bots!”