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.

Browse our available programs by selecting the tabs below.

Classroom Programs

These programs are a mix of science demonstrations and hands-on activities designed to spark students’ scientific curiosity. All programs are directly aligned with Connecticut Science Framework standards. These programs are designed to be pre-visits to the Discovery Center Labs. Programs accommodate up to 25 students and last 50 minutes.

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Pricing for Classroom Programs

  • First program: $250.00.
  • If you request the same program scheduled multiple times on the same day, add $200 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.

Classroom Programs List

Miss. Weather and her group of friends are all out of sorts. Help them figure out what to wear and do during each season, and help them get their story straight.

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

Shed light on the mystery of shadows in this illuminating investigation. Create shadows to determine how objects and light sources interact to affect the shape and size of shadows, and how this can help us figure out the time of day.

MA Standards: Earth PreK-2 #5

Investigate the properties and characteristics of materials to classify them as solids, liquids or gases.

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

Tease out the characteristics and properties of various concealed items through a variety of tests. Use tests to solve the mystery of what’s in the bag.

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

Get up close and personal to discover the fascinating life of a worm and why it is so important to the natural world

Water has a major role in shaping the Earth's surface. Create your own landscape topography to investigate the flow of water and how it shapes landforms over time.

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

Sound is distinguished by various characteristics, including pitch and volume. Investigate properties that affect these characteristics.

Investigate what happens when light is reflected to determine if light follows a predictable pattern or path.

Explore how we use the sense of touch to investigate our world. What can we discover by using touch alone, and what are this sense’s limits? How does your skin distinguish different textures and temperatures?

Investigate particle size to explore how soil porosity and permeability affect water transport and plant growth and learn how different soils shape the lifeforms that live in them.

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

Take a virtual tour of Connecticut landforms using current 3D mapping and imaging technology. Study the rocks found at each of the sites to determine the possible events that helped to form Connecticut.
Requires wireless internet connection or ability to connect
12 laptops to your wired network.

Discover the forces that act on an object in circular motion and what happens when one of those forces is removed.

Enrichment Programs

Outreach Enrichment Programs can be adapted for all grade levels. These programs allow students to investigate and explore applications of science and technology. Programs accommodate up to 25 students and last 50 minutes.

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Pricing for Enrichment Programs

  • First program: $250.00.
  • If you request the same program scheduled multiple times on the same day, add $200 for each additional program.
  • Up to four programs may be delivered in one day.
  • Travel Charges Apply.

Alchemy lab (Grades 3-5) New

Mix and match chemicals to produce a number of exciting outcomes and reactions.

Roller Coasters (Grades 3-5, 6-8) New

Buckle up as you put yourself in the shoes of a roller coaster engineer to design the next great theme park thrill ride.

Zip Lines (Grades K-2, 3-5) New

Help astronauts by creating a way to get back to the ground from the space shuttle as quickly and safely as possible.

Playing with Polymers (Grades 1-6)

Discuss how polymers are made by cross-linking molecules. Explore different properties of polymers using super-absorbent powders, squishy orbs, and stretchy goo!

Bubble-ology (Grades K-5)

Investigate how to make bubbles, why they are round, and why they float, and look at color patterns in bubble domes. Older students will investigate surface tension and properties of water.

It's Electric (Grades 3-6)

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.

Watersheds and Shedding Waste (Grade 3-9)

Pollution is a big issue. How do pollutants end up in our water? What can we do about it? Use a watershed to investigate and develop methods to clean polluted water.

Shake, Rattle and Roll (Grades 5-7)

Design your very own earthquake-proof building.

Parachutes (Grades 5-8)

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

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 there.

Experiencing Sound (Grades 5-10)

How can we experience sound beyond listening? Use your senses to observe sound during a collection of hands-on investigations.

Activity Stations

Host a Science Night for families or a Science Carnival during the school day to complement your school’s curriculum. Select from the following menu of stations (minimum of two). These programs can accommodate audiences of 25 to 100 participants. Use the size key below as a reference when planning your activities.

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Pricing for Activity Stations:

  • $250.00 per station, per hour.
  • Please note: UV Bead and Polymer stations incur an additional $50.00 Materials fee.
  • Station based programs can accommodate approximately 50 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, use the power of air pressure to control the path of a beach ball.

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

45-minute assembly-style shows are designed to get students excited about science in a fun and interactive way. Shows are available for groups of 100–250.

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Pricing for Assembly Shows

  • Pricing: $500.00 for each Assembly show. Travel Charges Apply
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. Unzip Stuffee to reveal his various organs in this exciting show!

Forces & Motion (Grade 6-8)

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!

RoboScience (Grade 3-12)

Our world is full of robots in all forms, each with a specific function. Get a closer look at some of the robots that work at the Science Center. Interact with the humanoid robot Quiz, watch a flying robot whiz overhead, and discover what makes these incredible machines tick! The show will end with a surprise guest appearance by our newest robot team member. A projector and projection screen are required. One can be supplied if you do not have one.

Family Science NEW

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” while engaged in 18 different activities.

Hands-on activities that use easy to find, inexpensive materials let families explore the ways in which science plays a role in everyday life. Families can discover how to lift a cereal box with just a single sheet of paper in "Breakfast Lift,” create a musical instrument in “Strumming,” and much more. With instructions available in both English and Spanish, these fun experiences build skills, confidence and excitement about science learning.

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Pricing for Family Science

  • $250 for 35-50 participants
  • $300 for 51-85 participants
  • After 6PM: $300 for 35-50 participants
  • After 6PM: $350 for 51-85 participants
Please note: Programs require 6ft/8ft tables, chairs, and direct access to water