Live Programs & Demonstrations

Get your hands on science - literally! - with help from SCI's Programs Team

See science come to life with SCI's live programs and demonstrations!  Our Programs Team is educated in science and trained in public engagement to deliver visitors a memorable and brilliant SCI experience.

Today's Schedule

Live Programs

Attend SCI-original performances for LIVE science excitement!  Each program is approximately 20 minutes and a variety of programs are offered daily, such as:

  • Deep Freeze – get chills and thrills from dry ice and liquid nitrogen
  • Cold-blooded Critters – Meet and greet SCI's resident reptiles and amphibians
  • Crazy Chemistry – Check out colorful, ooey-gooey, and other fun experiments
  • Meet Stuffee – Explore the human body with help from a large, soft sculpture doll

Cart Demonstrations

Be on the lookout for SCI's Programs Team stationed throughout the building, ready with hands-on activities such as:

  • Chair of Nails – See why many nails don't hurt, but just one would
  • Van de Graaff Generator – Make your hair stand on end with electricity
  • Tornado Tubes – Create a vortex of water to learn about forces of nature
  • Paper Helicopters – Watch yours fly six stories through the air

Star Theater Shows

Planetarium shows in the Star Theater are included with general SCI admission!  Take a seat for daily, scheduled 20-30 minute programs, both digital and live, such as:

  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket - Join two children on a magical journey through the solar system with the help of a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket and a vivid imagination!
  • Seven Wonders - Tour the Seven Wonders of the World as well as some of the greatest wonders of our universe and beyond!
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass - Go on an adventure though history to learn about the creation of the telescope and the discoveries this invention has helped humanity make!
  • Violent Universe - Catch a glimpse of the immense power of the enigmatic forces of our starlit sky — from black holes to exploding stars!
  • Flight Adventures - Dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this multimedia planetarium show about the science of aeronautics!

* All daily programs and films are subject to change.

Funding for Why the Sky? and the Star Theater has been generously provided by NASA