Live Science Shows

Live Science Show at The Franklin Institute.
  • Live Science Shows - Musser Demonstration Theater

    Carnival of Machines  | Grades 3-8
    Available Monday, Wednesday, Friday

    Explore the physics of simple machines! Students will learn about machines like pulleys and levers, forces including gravity and friction, how work is accomplished, and how engineers are able to make work more efficient for everyday life.

    Physical Science Science and Technology


    CBS3 Weather Show  | Grades 3-12
    Available Tuesday and Thursday

    Weather happens every day, and all weather exists thanks to the combination of three ingredients— heat, air, and water.  Students will explore the cooling effects of rain, see a cloud and a tornado of fire created live on stage, and experience the force that high wind speeds can have by launching a pencil through a board.

    Earth and Space Science


    Chemistry Show │ Grades 2–12
    Available Monday through Friday

    In this interactive show, your students will learn what is needed for chemical reactions to take place. The show is modified for middle and high school students to connect with their learning appropriately. Our show will connect their experience on stage with the principles of chemistry experienced in the classroom and lab.

    For your high school students, our Chemistry Show features many different kinds of reactions—synthesis, decomposition, acid-base, precipitation, and more.  This live show brings many of the phenomena in chemistry to life! Students will learn about the properties of these reactions and how we use them to understand our world today.

    For your middle school students, we will explore the properties behind combustion.  On stage, we’ll ignite a hydrogen balloon, demonstrate the properties of a special flammable powder, and make thermite using iron oxide spheres and aluminum foil.  Students will experience the many different forms of combustion and understand that they all rely on three main ingredients—energy, oxygen, and fuel.

    Physical ScienceScience and Technology


    Hot Philly, Cool Science │ Grades 5–10
    Available Tuesday and Thursday

    The Earth’s climate is changing and we are feeling its effects right here in Philadelphia. This brand new live science show explores the difference between our climate changing in Philadelphia compared to day to day weather, and what the causes are behind these changes. Through demonstrations and active discussions, we will facilitate an experience with your students that shows how city planning and engineering can make an impact on the climbing temperatures each year. Students will leave with resources on what they can do to help.

    Earth and Space ScienceScience in Personal and Social Perspectives

    Liquid Air Show  |  Grades PreK–12
    Available Monday through Friday

    A great live show for all ages! Students will explore the nature of matter and its behavior as it goes through extreme temperature changes. Using -320oF liquid nitrogen, we’ll test the abilities of materials such as rubber balls and balloons after undergoing extreme temperature changes.

    Physical Science Science and Technology

    SportsZone Science Show | Grades 3–8
    Available Monday through Friday

    Our Science of Sport show complements the experience your students will have in our new exhibit, SportsZone.  We will engage your students through interactive demonstrations to understand the impact of science in sports, from preparation through execution.\

    The show explores various science topics under the framework of “Prepare, Practice, and Compete.” “Prepare” focuses on biosciences, physiology, and sports psychology. “Practice” looks at incorporating your gear/equipment by demonstrating design and materials sciences. “Compete” puts physical forces in play and connects the physics behind what happens on the field.

    Life ScienceScience and Technology