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Interactive Educational Program Options

To enrich your museum visit, choose an interactive educational program on a variety of science topics. Our educational programs can be adapted to fit the needs of your students.

Program Duration: The Sciencenter's interactive educational programs last approximately 45 minutes. Sciencenter educators will divide large groups into shifts for the program, with a maximum of 25 children per program.

Air Apparent

Recommended for Grades K - 5

How DO airplanes fly?

Students will engage in hands-on activities and demonstrations to investigate the properties of air. By working in teams and sharing observations, students learn that air exerts pressure and takes up space, even though we can’t see it.

Download Air Apparent teacher's packet with pre-and post-program materials, background information, and more.

Connect to the Ocean

Recommended for Grades K - 5

Visit the ocean... right here in the Finger Lakes!

We are all connected to the ocean! In this program students participate in an interactive presentation to explore the importance of the ocean to life on earth. Students then have the opportunity to explore ocean life through touch at our live animal Touch Tank exhibit.

Download Connect to the Ocean teacher's packet with pre-and post-program materials, background information, and more.

Hidden Attraction

Recommended for Grades K-5

Why do magnets only attract some objects?

Students engage in a variety of hands-on activities to investigate the properties of magnetism. Younger students predict the magnetic behavior of various objects.

Download Hidden Attraction teacher's packet with pre-and post-program materials, background information, and more.

Oobleck

Recommended for Grades K - 5

Want to get messy with science?

Students will learn about states of matter and Non-Newtonian fluids as they make observations about various substances, classifying them as a solid, liquid or gas. Students then investigate Oobleck, a strange substance that defies the classification standard.

Download Oobleck teacher's packet with pre-and post-program materials, background information, and more.

Power the Future!

Recommended for Grades K - 5

How WILL we power our future?

Students will work on an engineering challenge to develop their own windmill while learning about renewable energy and climate change. Power the Future also includes interactive discussions of where energy comes from and ways we can reduce our environmental impact.

Download Power the Future! teacher's packet with pre-and post-program materials, background information, and more.

Download the Pre-program Energy from Wind PowerPoint presentation.

Catch the Wave

Recommended for Grades K - 8

Have you ever wondered where sound comes from?

Students will engage in hands-on activities focused on light and sound waves. Based on their observations, they predict the behavior of sound and light in a variety of situations. The group will then test those predictions while focusing on the curious behavior of reflection, refraction and diffraction.

Crank it Up

Recommended for Grades 2 - 6

How do simple machines help us in our daily life?

Students will use levers to investigate the differences in force applied when using simple machines. While working in teams students will investigate how levers work while recording and sharing their data.

Download Crank it Up teacher's packet with pre-and post-program materials, background information, and more.

Questions and Reservations

Please contact Josh Giblin, Director of Guest Relations and Operations, by phone at 607.272.0600 ext. 16 or by email, for more information and to make a reservation.