SCI Outreach Programs

Students experience explosive science through SCI Outreach!

Ready to reserve SCI's Outreach Team?

Contact us via email, or call (515) 274-6868 ext. 234 to get started!

Assembly Programs

Each assembly is available for up to 250 students and is approximately 45 minutes unless noted.

Boom!

Grades K-8

Why do things explode? We'll explore the interactions of pressure, temperature and states of matter to explain why things pop, bang or blow up. Experiment with ultra-cold liquid nitrogen and combustible gases in this spectacular assembly. Reinforces Next Generation Science Standards: Physical Sciences.

Earth Plays Rough

Grades 2-8

Witness the drama of natural disasters in this crash course on the moving and shaking of our planet, from severe weather to earthquakes and volcanoes. Students will have a blast while gaining new knowledge of how Earth works. Reinforces Next Generation Science Standards: Physical Sciences and Earth and Space Sciences.

Simply Electrifying

Grades 2-8

Explore the exciting world of electricity! Experience hair-raising fun with a Van de Graaff generator, watch as your students become electrons and atoms, and see what happens when electricity meets a pickle! Reinforces Next Generation Science Standards: Physical Sciences.

This program is available at no cost to schools from September through May thanks to support from MidAmerican Energy.

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Classroom Programs

Each classroom demonstration is available for 30 students or fewer:

Enter the Universe

Grades PreK-1 (30 minutes) and Grades 2-12 (45 minutes)

See the wonders of our galaxy from the comfort of your school! Students will explore the reaches of space in our portable planetarium. See constellations and stars while listening to the stories of stellar mythology. Reinforces Next Generation Science Standards: Physical Science and Earth and Space Sciences. For PreK: GOLD and Iowa Early Learning Standard.

EngiNerding Out!

Grades 4-8 (45 minutes)

Discover the Engineering Design Cycle by working through all the steps as we take you through a series of challenges that forces students to think critically to solve problems together. This program requires a gym space for the obstacle course. Reinforces Next Generation Science Standards: Engineering, Technology and Application of Science.

From Rocks to Gemstones

Grades 2-4 (45 minutes)

What makes a rock a rock? Where do minerals come from? Discover never-before-seen crystals, put our mineral samples to the test and find out about the rock cycle. Reinforces Next Generation Science Standards: Physical Science.

Three Little Engineers

Grades Pre-K-1 (30 minutes)

We have all heard the story of the Three Little Pigs, but now it’s time to live it! Join us on an engineering adventure, and see if your constructions can stand up to the wolf’s huffing and puffing! Reinforces Next Generation Science Standards: Physical Sciences and Engineering, Technology and Application of Science. For PreK: GOLD and Iowa Early Learning Standard.