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Assembly Programs for Elementary and Middle Schools

At Carnegie Museums, we are committed to the safety of our staff, visitors, and outreach program participants. Please review our In-Person Outreach Program Safety Standards for information about booking a Science on the Road program at your location.

These dynamic 45-minute programs can accommodate up to 250 students per presentation.

Whether you’re looking to engage students in-person or virtually, Science on the Road is here to support you this school year! Our science assemblies can be delivered either in-person at your location or virtually via live video conferencing software. Please see the assembly descriptions below for more information.

Contact us at 412.237.3400 or to learn more and sign up today!


  • Virtual: $350 for the first program; $295 for any repeat programs
  • In-person: $475 for the first program; $225 for any repeat programs

Shop 'n' Save Seed program logoGet a Free Show! The SHOP ’n SAVE S.E.E.D. program will bring any program listed with this icon SEED icon 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 seeds you earn when you shop! No more collecting paper receipts! Call 412.237.3400 for more info. Learn More…

Build It To Blastoff

Grades K-8
In-person or virtual

Program now available for pilot booking! Contact us at 412.237.3400 to learn more!

From sending texts to crafting textiles, we are all acting as engineers every day. Apply those skills to the Artemis Mission and explore the relationship of scientific endeavors in space to new technology improving life on Earth. The stars align when our global community works together increasing our understanding of environmental crisis and informing solutions today. From the Earth to the Moon to Mars, we are building to blast off!

Produced in partnership with NASA

SEED icon Science of Hockey

Content themes: Forces, Geometry, Physiology, Materials Science
Grades K-8
In-person or virtual

Jump in the game as a coach or player, and apply cryogenic chemistry, air hockey hovercrafts, and bowling ball pendulums to improve team performance. From reaction time to ice quality, dynamic science and math demonstrations will help you bring this ragtag team all the way to the Stanley Cup!

Produced in partnership with PPG and Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation

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SEED icon Who Wants to Be an Engineer: Imagine it. Make it. Make it Better!

Content themes: Engineering and Iteration, Digital Design and Fabrication, Forces and Interaction, Materials Science
Grades K-8
In-person or virtual

Engineers are hard at work making life better. Now it’s your turn to be the engineer in this high-energy game show experience. Ramp up for “Double Dare”–inspired physical engineering challenges. Tinker with simple machines to build soaring towers and suspension bridges.

Produced in partnership with Arconic Foundation.


SEED icon Chem-Mystery Files: Trial by Fire

Content themes: Properties of matter, energy, chemical reactions
Grades K-8
In-person or virtual

Join Detective Sam Silica on the hunt for clues in a burning mystery and see how evidence “reacts” to scientific tests. Live demonstrations highlight phases of matter, physical and chemical change, properties of elements, and combustion. Help Silica analyze the results to successfully close another case in the Chem-Mystery Files.

Secret Stories of Animal Survival

Content themesBiology, Ecology, Chemistry
45-minute virtual-only assembly for grades K–8

Life finds a way. Whether it’s around a deep-sea volcanic vent, under the polar ice cap, or in the middle of a forest fire, animals occupy every imaginable environment on Earth. Join us as we explore these harsh conditions and the strategies that animals use to survive them.

SEED icon Science Takes Flight: From Blueprints to Blue Skies

Content themes: Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, Regional Science
Grades K-8
In-person or virtual S.E.E.D only! Retiring June 2023

Your future is cleared for takeoff! Learn how innovative aircraft fly off the drawing board and into the sky and you take a spin on our hovercraft and feel the fiery roar of propulsion chemistry.

Produced in partnership with PPG

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SEED icon Wild By Design: Innovations from A to Zoo

Content themes: Zoology, Physics, Engineering, Regional Science
Grades K-8
In-person or virtual

Engineering is a day at the Zoo! Join local scientists and onscreen zoo animals for a bio-inspired adventure with leaf-blowers, foamy chemistry, and liquid nitrogen rockets!

Produced in partnership with PPG

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Special thanks to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium