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Outreach Programs

Bring the excitement of SCI to your classroom or assembly!

SCI's outreach programs support the Iowa Core and National Science Standards and are accurate, relevant and fun. When you're ready to book your visit, contact our Education Team at educators@sciowa.org or call 515-274-6868 ext. 244.

Assembly Programs

Assembly programs are a lively way to engage both your classroom and groups of up to 250 students. Each assembly program is approximately 45 minutes unless noted.

  • Boom!

    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 National Science Standards: Science as Inquiry and Physical Science.

  • Simply Electrifying

    Explore the exciting world of electricity! This classic outreach program has been adapted for virtual audiences.

    Join a live SCI program presenter for hair-raising demonstrations that illustrate what electricity is and how it moves - and get some reminders about how to interact with electricty safely. 

    This 20-30 minutes virtual program is great for early elementary audiences, and it's available at no cost to schools from February through May thanks to support from MidAmerican Energy.

Classroom Programs

Classroom demonstrations provide more personalized exploration for groups of 30 or fewer.

  • Tales & Tails

    Did you know that a salamander can regrow its tail?

    Join the Science Center of Iowa to explore some of the most interesting tails of animals from all over the state of Iowa, learn about how scientists study them and even meet some cold-blooded creatures yourself!

    We know the needs of your communities vary, so we are offering both in-person and virtual experiences for Summer 2021.  

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