Interactive Traveling Shows

Traveling Science
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  • Heroes of Flight - Bring this year's summer reading theme to life at your library!

    The perfect complement to this year's National Summer reading theme, (in italics) Every Hero Has a Story!
    Explore the stories of and inspiration behind some of our fantastical real-life heroes of flight. From Leonardo da Vinci and Amelia Earhart to the Wright Brothers and the space shuttle, we will learn about the brave men and women who contributed to what we know about the science of flight. Investigate the Bernoulli principle, learn how airplane wings provide lift and discover the science behind the stories.  Mechanical birds, hot air balloons, gliders, and even a rocket launch are used to demonstrate the forces of flight and the process our heroes went through to test their powers!  
    Science concepts: air pressure, forces of flight, aviation history

  • Eye to Sky - NEW!

    It's out-of-this-world science as we explore astronomy. We will learn how our eyes operate like telescopes, explore the electromagnetic spectrum, and find out how small the wavelength of visible light really is. We'll finish by taking a closer look at celestial objects we can see such as the sun, moon, and the stars. Developed with support from NASA.
    Preshow Activities

    Science concepts: light spectrum, eye anatomy, light pollution, spectroscopy

  • The Scientific Method - Grades 3-8

    What do scientists do and how do they think? As we walk through the scientific method, students will experience first-hand how scientists use this process to investigate our world. By exploring some commonly misunderstood phenomena, we will uncover the relationships between experiments, hypotheses, observations, and conclusions—and all become scientists!
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: experiment, hypothesis, data, variables

  • Energy

    What is energy, and how is it used to power everything from power plants to your body? We'll demonstrate how different kinds of energy can be transformed from one to another including kinetic, thermal, electrical, chemical, potential, and stored. The dynamic, interactive demonstrations will have you on the edge of your seat!
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: transformation of energy, thermodynamics, law of conservation

  • How to Build a Storm: The Weather Show

    Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado!
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: water cycle, thermodynamics, air masses, and fronts

  • The Human Body

    Come with us on a wild journey through The Human Body. Discover how nutrients in the food we eat are converted into the energy that keeps us on the move. We’ll learn how our muscles work, and what our blood actually accomplishes as it flows through our veins and arteries. Plus, there will be a special tribute to that duo that protects us from illnesses: skin and mucous!
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: body systems, digestion, circulation, and immune response

  • Hot and Cold - Great first-time show!

    Turn your students into molecules as we explore the three states of matter and challenge students' ideas about what is hot and what is cold. Make balloons shrink, bubbles freeze, and a rubber ball shatter by using liquid nitrogen (N2).
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: states of matter, molecules, temperature

  • Chemistry

    Kaboom! The Chemistry show explores everything from everyday chemistry to the chemical “detective” work performed by laboratory scientists.
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science Concepts: physical/chemical changes, acids and bases, polymers, combustion

  • Flight - Best done indoors with a high ceiling

    Explore the exciting history of flight From Leonardo da Vinci to the space shuttle. Investigate the Bernoulli principle, and learn how airplane wings provide lift. Mechanical birds, hot air balloons, gliders, and even a rocket launch are used to demonstrate the forces of flight.
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: air pressure, forces of flight, aviation history

  • Life in Space - Developed in conjunction with NASA

    The show begins with a bang as a rocket launches your students into space! Once there, students enter “astronaut training” to explore the challenges of living and working in space. Students will marvel as one of their classmates gets "pressurized" for the grand finale.
     Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: gravity, orbit, action/reaction, air pressure

  • Motion and Machines - Requires a raised platform or stage

    Roll, slide, and spin! Investigate the basic physics of motion in this interactive show. We’ll use rubber balls, bricks, and wooden blocks to introduce and understand Newton’s Laws of Motion. Then, witness these laws in action in a lever, pulley, and student-driven hover car.
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: Newton’s Laws of Motion, simple machines, friction

     

  • Electricity - Grades 2–8, best performed in drier weather

    Your students’ hair will stand on end as we unravel the mysteries of electricity. Explore static and current electricity. Watch as electricity travels through the air to power fluorescent light bulbs—turning students into a human “circuit.”
    Pre-Show Activities | Post-Show Activities

    Science concepts: static and current electricity, electrons, magnetism