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Outreach Programs

Outreach Programs

When you can’t come to us, the Science Center will come to you! We have a variety of hands-on options for your needs.

You can browse our available programs by selecting the tabs below.

Classroom Programs

Classroom Programs

The Connecticut Science Center offers unique Science in Motion programs for children K-9th grade, for up to 25 participants, which will excite and inspire your students’ interest in science. These programs are a mix of science demonstration and hands-on activities that are directly aligned with Science Standards. Each program can accommodate up to 25 students and last approximately 50-60 minutes.

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Pricing for Classroom and Enrichment Programs:
First program: $175.00
If you request the same program scheduled multiple times on the same day, add $150 for each additional program.
Up to four programs may be delivered in one day.
Travel Charges Apply

Please note: Programs require tables and chairs, access to water and/or electricity and 30-45 minutes for set up and clean up.

CT K.3 Weather Watchers:

Identify various weather conditions with help from “Miss Weather” and her colorful closet of clothes.

MA Standards: Earth PreK-2 #3,5; Life PreK-2 #7

CT 1.1 Time for Shadows:

Shed light on the mystery of shadows in this illuminating investigation. Create shadows and identify the light source and shadow (or shadows) relative to a target object.

MA Standards: Earth PreK-2 #5

CT 2.1 Whats This!

Identify characteristics and properties of various secret items and discover why they were made that way.

MA Standards: Physical PreK-2 #1,2; Physical 3-5 #2

CT 2.2 Plants

Examine a wide range of seeds, leaves, and flowers to explore the life cycle of plants. A “seed kit” containing four o’clock flowers will be provided, which contains everything you need to set up a classroom growing station to observe plant growth throughout the year.

CT 3.3 The Changing Earth: “Let’s Rock!”

Compare and contrast the conditions under which igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks are formed.

CT 3.4 Worm World

Discover the fascinating life of a worm and why it is so important to the natural world.

CT 4.3 Erosion: “Where Does the Water Go?”

Water has a major role in shaping the Earth’s surface. Create your own landscape topography to investigate the flow of water.

MA Standards: Earth 3-5 #12; Earth 6-8 #6

CT 4.4 Electromagnetism: “Is it Magnetic?”

Investigate materials that are attracted by magnets and how magnets react with other magnets.

MA Standards: Physical 3-5 #6,7,8,9,10

CT 5.1a Sound: “Good Vibrations”

Sound is a form of energy that is produced and transmitted by the vibration of matter. Discover how these vibrations move through a series of sound investigations.

MA Standards: Physical 3-5 #4,11

CT 5.1b Light: “Light Up Your World”

Investigate what happens when light is reflected, refracted, or even absorbed to determine if light follows a predictable pattern.

MA Standards: Physical 3-5 #12

CT 6.2 Abiotic Factors: “Soil, Water and Plants”

Using seed kits with four o’ clock flowers, learn how to set up an experimental design to test the effect of different soil types on plant growth. The experimental set-up can be used throughout the year to observe, collect, and analyze data.

CT 6.3 Meteorology: “What Makes Weather”

Investigate the principles behind the molecular movement that forms our weather.

MA Standards: Earth 3-5 #6,10,11; Earth 6-8 #3

CT 7.3 Landforms

Investigate how Connecticut’s’ landforms came to exist in their present state.

MA Standards: Earth 3-5 #4,12; Earth 6-8 #6,7

CT 8.1 Forces and Motion: “Bouncing Around”

Discovering which factors affect an object’s inertia, explore how to change an object’s movement and response to external forces.

MA Standards: Physical 6-8 #11,13

Enrichment Programs

Enrichment Programs

These programs are designed to strengthen skill sets across all grade levels.

Students investigate applications of science and technology in a variety of settings, from classroom style to interactive demonstrations.

These programs are perfect for youth groups and before/after school programs with students from multiple grade levels.

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Pricing for Classroom and Enrichment Programs: 
First program: $175.00
If you request the same program scheduled multiple times on the same day, add $150 for each additional program.
Up to four programs may be delivered in one day.
Travel Charges Apply

Please note: Programs require tables and chairs, access to water and/or electricity and 30-45 minutes for set up and clean up.

Playing with Polymers (Grades pre-K to 6)

It’s gooey, slippery, sticky, really slimy and kids love it.

Bubble-ology (Grades pre-K to 5)

Bubble-ology (Pre K – Grade 5)

Investigate how to make bubbles, why they are round, and why they float. Look at color patterns in bubble domes. Take a bubble wand home.

Papermaking (Grades 3-5)

Learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials rather than discarding them.

MA Standards: Physical 6-8 #14,16

It’s Electric (Grades 4-6)

Get electrified with static electricity using a Van de Graaff Generator.

Looking through Lenses (Grade 3-5)

Investigate how light travels through differently shaped lenses and how these concepts relate to the structure of our own eyes.

Do You Hear What I Hear? (Grade 3-5)

Construct simple musical instruments that produce sound with various pitches, volumes, and timbres.

Shake, Rattle and Roll (Grades 5-7)

Design your very own earthquake-proof building.

Push, Pull . . . Fling (Grades 5-7)

What affects an objects trajectory?  Investigate forces and motion using small catapults to hit a target.

Parachutes (Grades 5-8)

Create and test parachutes to determine how air resistance affects a falling skydiver.

Watersheds and Shedding Waste (Grade 3-9)

Pollution is a big issue. How do pollutants end up in our water? We will use a watershed to investigate and develop methods to clean polluted water.

Living in Space (Grade 5-12)

Discover what it is like to live and work in space. Investigate the conditions in space and what a human needs to survive.

Seeing Sound (Grades 3-10)

How can we see sound? A collection of hands-on investigations will help participants use their own senses to observe sound.

Activity Stations

Activity Stations

Integrate a Science Night for families or a Science Carnival during the school day for students to complement your school’s curriculum or Science Fair. These station-based programs are formatted to accommodate large groups of participants through a variety of activity stations.

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$200.00 per station, per hour.
Please note: UV Bead and Polymer stations incur an additional $25.00 Materials fee.
Station based programs can accommodate approximately 90-100 children per station, per hour.
Travel Charges Apply

Please Note: Activity Stations require tables, access to water and/or electricity and 30 minutes for set up and clean up.

Electricity (Grade K-9)

Learn about static electricity using a Van de Graaff generator. It’s a hair raising experience!

Dry Ice (Grade K-9)

Investigate the states of matter using dry ice and participate in some “cool” experiments.

Hovercraft (Grade K-9)

Learn the science of riding on a cushion of air with a hovercraft.

Polymers (Grade K-9)

Discuss how polymers are made by cross-linking molecules and showing a variety of polymers.

Air Pressure (Grade K-9)

Using a Bernoulli blower, learn the principle of a plane staying in flight.

Bubbles (Grade K-9)

Learn the science behind the “suds”. Investigate what they are made of, their shape, why they float, and much more.

Ultra Violet Beads (Grade K-9)

Learn about the invisible spectrum using special UV beads.

Assembly Shows

Assembly Shows

The 45 minute Assembly style shows are designed to get your children and students excited about science in a fun and interactive way.

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Pricing: $450.00 for each Assembly show. Travel Charges Apply

Available for groups of 100 – 250.

Please note: Assembly shows require two 6 foot or 8 foot tables, access to water and/or electricity and 30-45 minutes for set up and clean up.

The Science of “Suds” (Pre-K to 5)

Captivating, colorful and fun to make, suds are also excellent demonstrations of scientific phenomena. Some of the topics introduced are chemical composition, light and color, and aerodynamics. Science of Suds is a motivating introduction to the process and substance of science… and besides, it’s good, clean, fun!

Stuffee: Your Amazing Body (Pre-K to 5)

Stuffee, the super-sized doll, teaches about the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems. Best of all, Stuffee can come to you!

Forces & Motion (Grade 6-8)

What goes down, must fall up? We live in a physical world governed by physical laws. Although simple, these laws can be a bit deceiving. Investigate the laws of motion and discover a few surprise forces along the way. As a finale, see what power a pencil REALLY has!

NEW! Family Science

NEW! Family Science

Family Science is an informal science education program that gives children and their caregivers an opportunity to work and learn together.  During Family Science events, children and caregivers work cooperatively in pairs and small groups to solve problems, and “talk science”. Explore 18 Hands-on activities that use easy-to-find, inexpensive materials, let families discover the ways in which science plays a role in daily life. With instructions available in both English and Spanish, these fun experiences build skills, confidence and excitement about science learning.

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$250 for 35-50 participants
$350 for 51-85 participants

Please Note: Programs require 6ft/8ft tables, chairs, and direct access to water