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Works Theater

Science is always “under construction” in the Works Theater: A live showcase of dazzling demonstrations in a one-of-a-kind industrial setting. Taste a frozen marshmallow, see the glow of molten metal, or feel the zap of electricity. Watch chemical reactions in action or launch a fiery rocket into space. It’s all in the Works!


*Please note: Some Works Theater programs may contain water-vapor fog, strobe lighting, and loud sounds.

Planning to visit us? Check out today’s show schedule.

Shows are available for group bookings Monday through Friday. Add a show for just $2 per person!

Talk with us about which shows are available on your selected date. Register early for best selection!

To schedule a visit for your group, call 412.237.3410.


Earth and Friends

Soar through the Solar System in our Works Theater! Early learners will explore space chemistry as they visit Earth and its the other major planets and learn why Earth has the right stuff for life!

For Teachers:
Content Theme: Chemistry, Astronomy
Grades: Prek- 1
Capacity: 30


Just Add Water!

Travel through the ebbs and flows of Pittsburgh’s waterways as we discover how people can affect the rivers and lakes around us, and how that water can influence our world!
For Teachers:

Content Theme: Chemistry, Environmental Science
Grades: 4–8
Capacity: 150

Sponsored by:

SACP Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh logoSSP 1946: Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh logo


Dinosaurs Unearthed

Journey back in time as we explore how dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and what happened to make them disappear!
For Teachers:

Content Theme: Environment; Ecology
Grades: 2–6
Capacity: 150


Freeze!

Learn the states of matter and see the chilling effects of super-cold liquid nitrogen. This ever-popular set of experiments demonstrates just how “cool” solids, liquids, and gasses can be!

Presented by:

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For Teachers:

Content Themes: Physical Science
Grades: 1–6
Capacity: 75 Students


The Energy Show!

In this energetic show, learn how energy is harnessed to power our civilization. Explore renewable and non-renewable alternatives while learning about technologies and careers needed to sustain energy consumption. During the show, learn how to identify energy forms and examples of energy.

For Teachers:

Content Themes: Physical Science, Natural Science
Grades: 4–8
Capacity: 150 Students

Powered by:

National Energy Technology Laboratory


Reactions in Action

Check out our chemi-cool chemistry show full of elements to surprise. Learn about our atomic family with color-changing experiments and learn how green chemistry is helping chemists reduce, reuse, and recycle. See reactions in action!

Program made possible with support from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

For Teachers:

Content Themes: Chemistry
Grades: 5–8
Capacity: 150 Students


On Fire!

Discover the science behind fire while understanding the powerful combination of heat, oxygen, and fuel. Explosive demonstrations bring to life the science of forest fires, rockets, and fireworks. Do not try this at home!

Program made possible with support from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh

For Teachers:

Content Themes: Chemistry, Energy
Grade Level: 5–8
Capacity: 75 Students


High Voltage

This electrifying show features our Tesla Coil and its one-million volt display of light and sound. Presentation includes static charging equipment, magnets, and other concepts of electrical charge.

For Teachers:

Content Themes: Physical Science & Technology
Grades: 7–12
Capacity: 150 Students