Adult Programs

For the curious of mind and heart, the Connecticut Science Center offers a variety of adult programs to encourage life-long learning. By participating in adult lectures and workshops, the annual STEM Achievement Awards breakfast, or our ever-popular Liquid Lounge events, you can discover, network, and engage in hands-on exploration at the Science Center.

Upcoming Adult Programs


Adult Coffee Club: How to Survive in Space

Have you ever wondered how astronauts stay alive in space for extended periods of time? Join Ed O’Connor as he discusses how he helped to design the Closed Loop Life Support System. Also, get a close-up look at a real NASA space suit. Afterward, explore the exhibit galleries, and check out our new 84’ Mercury-Redstone Rocket in Science Alley. Coffee and tea are included.
Presenter: Ed O’Connor, Connecticut Science Center Volunteer and one of the head engineers on the closed loop life support system for NASA.


Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. For more information and to register, contact Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Tuesday, April 18
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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Cooking up Chemistry!

Molecular Gastronomy Lecture with Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut. His knack for explaining science clearly has made him a regular guest on National Public Radio’s “Academic Minute.” Join Dr. Leadbeater and learn about the different chemical properties that are central to food; its preparation and enjoyment. Discover on a molecular level why a soufllé won’t rise and why chocolate is so moreish, amongst other things. Also, learn how some unconventional techniques used by chemists are finding their way into the culinary world, such as spherication, which involves making liquid- filled beads that explode in the mouth with a pleasingly sensual pop!

Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Members, Corporate Members, Seniors, Students. There will be a cash bar. Admission includes the networking reception (6-6:30PM) and one drink ticket.

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Thursday, May 4
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Molecular Gastronomy Workshops: Chef Noel Jones

These hands-on workshops are $35 per person (per workshop).
Adult only (21+)

Join professional chefs as they demonstrate and share techniques behind innovative food preparation.

Chef Noel Jones, award-winning Executive Chef, Best Chefs America will make smoked bacon wrapped Colorado lamb loin cuit sous vide using Sous Vide cooking technique and transglutaminase.

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Saturday, May 20
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Adult Coffee Club: Brain Fitness!

Dr. Sarah Raskin, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College joins us at the Connecticut Science Center to discuss activities to help maintain cognitive functioning while enjoying coffee, puzzles, and games. From games to music to diet, learn how to maintain mental sharpness. Following the event, enjoy full access to our hands-on exhibits.


Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. For more information and to register, contact Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Tuesday, May 30
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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Molecular Gastronomy Workshops: Chef Scottish Francis

These hands-on workshops are $35 per person (per workshop).
Adult only (21+)

Join professional chefs as they demonstrate and share techniques behind innovative food preparation.

Chef Scottish Francis of Masterchef Season 5 will make a giant crostini with mozzarella and mango spheres topped with a soy lecithin basil foam. He will also demonstrate how to create yolks using sodium and calcium chloride.

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Saturday, June 3
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Molecular Gastronomy Workshops: Chef Scottish Francis

These hands-on workshops are $35 per person (per workshop).
Adult only (21+)

Join professional chefs as they demonstrate and share techniques behind innovative food preparation.

Chef Scottish Francis of Masterchef Season 5 will make his signature Crazy Caprese dish using the spheri cation technique and agar to create balsamic caviar and tomato spaghetti.

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Saturday, June 3
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Adult Coffee Club: Science Showcase Theater

Join our science show presenters for a fun, exciting show full of science demonstrations. More information on the demonstrations coming soon. Includes admission to the galleries.


Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. For more information and to register, contact Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Tuesday, September 5
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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The Green Galaxy

Join us on an interGALActic, Star Wars-inspired adventure in support of the Connecticut Science Center’s mission. Enjoy dinner, cocktails, live music, aliens, live and silent auctions, dancing, and more in support of cutting-edge programs that will inspire the next generation and future workforce of STEM Jedi, scientists, engineers, healers, educators, and innovators.

Saturday, September 16
6:30 PM – 12:00 AM

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Conscious Artificial Intelligence?

If and when you encounter an AI, it is best to look beyond superficialities, like a humanlike appearance. Perhaps only biological beings can have experience, or perhaps super-intelligent AI doesn’t need to be conscious. Susan Schneider proposes a test for determining whether AI can be conscious. Her work wrestles with vexed issues such as the nature of the mind, whether AI can be conscious, preparing for artificial general intelligence (AGI), super-intelligent AI, and futuristic brain enhancements, such as brain chips and uploading.

Susan Schneider is an associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University. Dr. Schneider writes about matters involving the nature of the self, which she examines from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

$10 Adults, $5 Members, Corporate Members, Seniors, Students
Includes admission to Alien Worlds and Androids, and 1 drink ticket

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sailor at asailor@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2163.

Thursday, October 26
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presented by:

Dr. Susan Schneider, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Program, The University of ConnecticutInterdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University

Adult Coffee Club: Behind the Scenes – Exhibit Design & Butterfly Encounter

Unlike a typical museum, all of the hands-on exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center must be designed and built to withstand hundreds of students and families using them every day. Join Richard Thomas as he discusses the design and engineering of our exhibits. Also, see early design concepts of the Butterfly Encounter and learn the process of exhibit building from concept to completion. Tours of the Butterfly Encounter are available before and after the talk. Plan some extra time to explore the galleries Including our new traveling exhibit Alien Worlds and Androids. Coffee and tea are included.
Note: Because of the limited capacity of the Butterfly Encounter, tour times must be scheduled in advance. It is possible your tour time may be before 1PM.
Presenters: Richard Thomas. Director of Exhibit Design & Development at the Connecticut Science Center


Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. For more information and to register, contact Brit Montmeat at bmontmeat@ctsciencecenter.org or (860) 520-2112.

Tuesday, December 5
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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