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.
It Came from Outer Space
Blast off with explosive experiments as we discover how technology developed to solve problems in space makes our lives better on Earth. Learn which things you use every day are actually Space Age inventions!
Content Theme: Chemistry, Physics
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!
Content Theme: Chemistry, Astronomy
Grades: Prek- 1
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!
Content Theme: Chemistry, Environmental Science
Journey back in time as we explore how dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and what happened to make them disappear!
Content Theme: Environment; Ecology
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.
Content Themes: Physical Science, Natural Science
Capacity: 150 Students
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
Content Themes: Chemistry, Energy
Grade Level: 5–8
Capacity: 75 Students
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.
Content Themes: Physical Science & Technology
Capacity: 150 Students