Children's Workshops

Saturday Scientist

Join us on the second Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for the Saturday Scientist series, an educational series featuring activities recommended for ages 6-9.

This monthly hands-on activity is included with museum membership or paid admission and emphasizes the development of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This series includes exciting topics like solar energy, precipitation, geology of space and chemistry.

Reserve your seat at the main ticket desk upon your arrival.

Museum members may enter the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:30am

Shake it up New Year & Earthquakes!

Discover the geologic power of Earth and the science behind earthquakes. Build and test small-scale building structures against the earthquake simulator and assess the damages to determine what magnitude earthquake destroyed the building. Will your design withstand the shake of the earthquake?

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 11:30am

I Heart Science: Bacteria & Germs

Learn to love the icky and sticky world of bacteria and germs. Discover the microbiology worlds under a microscope and how bacteria and germs live and help shape the world around us.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 11:30am

LEO says GER: Circus Chemistry! Lions, Tigers, and Gummy Bears—Oh, My!

Electrons move very fast and chemical reactions occur through these electron transfers. Discover the fun behind big top circus science with elephant toothpaste and gummy bear explosive reactions!

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 11:30am

Mico-Universe in a Petri Dish

Examine the complexities of life on Earth and the potential for life on other plants. Study the extreme habitats of lifeforms on Earth from the deep depths of the dark oceans to the fiery pits of volcanoes, and use microscopes to examine samples of algae and through scientific observations design life forms from extra solar planets.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:30am

Seeds, Sprouts and Microgravity: Plant growth in space and preparing food for the future of deep space exploration

ISS astronauts are growing lettuces and other plant species in microgravity to study plant growth and food nutrition potential for deep space missions to Mars. Discover how plants grow and function in space, and start your own space garden by planting a lettuce seed in your constructed plant growth chamber.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 11:30am

Bioluminescence: Science of glowing in the dark!

What do bacteria, jellyfish, and fireflies all have in common? Bioluminescence! The ability to create a biochemical reaction allows these creatures to glow and function in dark environments. With NASA discovering worlds with very little starlight, lifeforms would possibly need to glow in the dark. Use chemicals to create your own bioluminescent alien organism, and describe its extra solar plant habitat.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:30am

Solar Cookies

Enjoy a taste of sunshine with solar anatomy cookie! Build and explore the parts of the solar surface, from flares to sun spots as the sun supplies heat and energy for the solar system.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 11:30am

Icy Orbs: Deep Space Europa Mission

Take a break from the summer heat with a mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa! Together launch aboard the classroom spaceship and land on the icy moon! Explore the largest moons of the planet Jupiter and each moon's unique planetary geology. Drill deep and explore the possible ocean beneath the icy surface and potentially discover signs of life!

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:30am

Apollo Art: Painting the Saturn V Moon Rocket

Engineering is a science as well as an art. Design and color patterns play a major role in the flight and function of rockets. Discover your inner artist, and together with an artist guide, paint the mighty Saturn V moon rocket!

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 11:30am

Science of S’mores

Physical and chemical reactions create the world around us. Explore how these reactions play an important part in the making of s'mores. Each ingredient has a chemical makeup, and each work together to yield the final product. Afterwards, enjoy our scientific achievements with gooey delicious s'mores!

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 11:30am

Gobble, Gobble: Turkeys on Mars!

Would a turkey survive a deep space mission? Suit up and find out the stats needed for North America’s largest native bird, and icon of Thanksgiving, to survive and thrive on all 8 planets in our solar system! Will your turkey turn out well done or frozen solid?

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:30am

Earth Felt Holiday

Off the earth, for the earth. A heartfelt message from the planet to the ISS astronauts for the holiday season! Make your own felted earth ornament for your holiday decorations! Discover the many features of the planet and how astronauts take images and study the earth from low earth orbit.

Science of Imagination

Join us for our Science of Imagination series every Tuesday. This weekly hands-on activity is included with museum membership or paid admission. Science of Imagination activities are recommended for ages 4-6 and emphasize the development of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat at the main ticket desk upon your arrival. Please call 1-800-637-7223 or (256) 837-3400 for more information.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 10:30am

Hands on tasty math! Count, sort and determine how many colored jelly beans you have then compare to the whole group.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:30am

what are shadows? Discover how light travels and bends. Create your own shadow drawings.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:30am

Build and test the strengths of shapes.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:30am

Discover the stories among the stars and build your very own glow in the dark hand-held constellation.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 10:30am

Make a meteor shower and collect the fallen meteorites.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Discover a new alien species and its living planet environment.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:30am

Learn the language of computer science with Candy Coding. Patterns and colors form commands resulting in a tasty program.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:30am

Acids and bases change color before your eyes as you test their pH.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:30am

Discover the history of the earth, its forms and past life. Discover your inner paleontologist as you make a plaster cast of a real fossil.

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