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Live Programs

See science come to life with SCI's live programs and demonstrations!

Today's Schedule

Our Programs Team is educated in science and trained in public engagement to deliver visitors a memorable SCI experience. From cart demonstrations throughout the building to live science programs throughout the day, SCI's live programming is an experience you don't want to miss!

Cart Demonstrations

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

Live Programs

Explore chemistry, get up close with Iowa’s native animals, explore the cosmos and more with daily live programs.

Planetarium program descriptions are listed here.

Programs

  • Backyard Adventure

    Have you ever been curious about collecting? Encounter some amazing treasures from nature and discover what you could find in your very own backyard!

  • Cold Blooded Critters

    Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s resident reptiles and amphibians.

  • Live School Programs

    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.

  • Fire Works

    From things that glow to things that explode, this program is a real blast!

  • Deep Freeze

    Get chills and thrills from dry ice and liquid nitrogen!

  • Cold-Blooded Critters

    Meet and get the chance to touch some of 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.

  • Science of Magic

    Be amazed at how science puts the razzle-dazzle into magic in this enchanting play!

  • Turtles of Iowa

    Meet and get the chance to touch some of SCI’s native land and water turtles!

  • Super Special Snapper Show

    Join SCI Staff as we welcome Marlene Ehresman from the Iowa Wildlife Center and learn all about Iowa’s Common Snapping Turtle!

  • Snapping Turtle Feeding

    Have you ever wondered what Snippy the Snapping Turtle eats? Come check out a feeding demonstration of one of SCI’s most ravenous reptiles! The snapping turtle feeding may be too intense for some visitors.

  • WHO-HD Channel 13 Live Weather Forecast

    Here’s your chance to help a WHO-HD Channel 13 meteorologist give today’s live forecast as you learn about weather! Subject to change due to severe weather or technical difficulties.

  • Zap

    Investigate the world of electrons and electricity for a hair-raising experience!

  • Story Time Under the Stars

    Our youngest visitors can bring their imaginations as an SCI Programs Team member reads under the starry skies.