Science Theater

Science Theater Experiences


Bring your students on a field trip they'll never forget! Budding scientists experience science up close and personal at Science Theater. Our science shows dazzle students with spectacular examples of physical and chemical phenomena and make science come to life. With the liquid nitrogen cannon, electricity flying across the room, objects that seem to defy gravity, hair that literally stands on end and great balls of fire, we amaze and encourage scientists young and old. Our well equipped laboratory and enthusiastic, trained staff turn any physical science topic into a fun afternoon of discovery and exploration.


What teachers are saying

  • "Science Theater got our students excited about science!"
  • "Great hands on participation, quality questioning and reinforcement of prior knowledge!"
  • "Very engaging format and cool experiments."
  • "A wonderfully fun and worthwhile field trip."
  • "Students love being a part of the show!"

SHOWS FOR LOWER ELEMENTARY GRADES (Grades K - 2)

GOOD VIBRATIONS - Discover the requirements for sound and observe sound waves as they change with volume, pitch and complexity. In addition, explore how the science of sound relates to music and instruments. Students have the opportunity to play instruments in Science Theater bands for impromptu concerts. Workshop: It's Not Magic, It's SCIENCE
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IT'S NOT MAGIC, IT'S SCIENCE - Introduce students to a science laboratory, simple science vocabulary and the idea that anyone can be a scientist. All five senses are engaged as students discover that to perform magic requires a strong knowledge and application of science. It's Not Magic, It's SCIENCE
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SHOWS FOR UPPER ELEMENTARY GRADES (Grades 3 - 5)

SIMPLE MACHINES - Simple machines may be simple, but they do amazing work. By using levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, inclined planes, screws and wedges, students will understand the relationships between force, load / resistance and work. This lesson teaches students how to fly, float, twirl, slide and elevate objects throughout the laboratory. Workshop: Motion Notion
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WONDER BY THUNDER - Wonder no longer about the weather. Students understand the instruments used to forecast weather and investigate the forces that influence our climate and weather. The weather forecast for this program is stormy with clouds, tornadoes, and even lightning! Workshop: Wonder by Thunder
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WHAT'S THE MATTER? - Things are always changing in the Science Theater — especially states of matter. Students see, feel, hear and smell the relationships between states of matter as solids become liquids, liquids become gases, gases become solids and solids become gases. The finale is particularly explosive! Workshop: What's the Matter
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SHOCK THEATER - Totally shocking and electrifying demonstrations will literally raise the hair and shock willing participants using a Magneto Generator, a one million volt Tesla Coil and a 7-foot-tall Van de Graff Generator. Students will understand conductors and insulators as well as open and closed circuits as never before. The Faraday Cage is a hands down favorite. This lesson is sponsored by EPB. Workshop: Shock Theater
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FORCES & MOTION - Kids in motion defy gravity, shoot rockets and cannons and race objects of differing masses to explore Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravity. Workshop: Motion Notion
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NEW! Shows for Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)

ELECTRIFIED -  Electrifying demonstrations will literally raise the hair of participants using a Magneto Generator, a one million volt Tesla Coil, and a 7-foot-tall Van de Graff Generator. Students will understand conductors and insulators, open and closed circuits as never before, and the role electrons play in electricity. The Faraday Cage is a hands-down favorite. During the workshop, students will experiment with the Van de Graff generator, create their own electromagnets, build snap circuits, and explore other activities relating to electricity. A special hands-on workshop is included.

PERPETUAL MOTION - In the Perpetual Motion show, students will be amazed as they defy gravity, shoot rockets and cannons, and race objects of different masses to explore Newton's Laws of Motion. Perpetual Motion lets students experience action-packed examples of how objects are affected by gravity and motion. Workshop activities will allow students to analyze gravity as it relates to all of Newton’s laws of motion by doing experiments with catapults, zip-lines, and cars. A special hands-on workshop is included.

ENERGIZED - Energy is all around us, and Energized gives the students the chance to see it up close as they come to understand the flow of energy. Electrical shocks, explosions, optical illusions, and sound waves are used to present the relationship between types of kinetic energy such as electricity, sound, heat, motion, and light. Students will learn about Newton’s Law of Inertia, explore potential and kinetic energy, and perform other experiments relating to the different types of energy during this workshop. A special hands-on workshop is included.


Pricing

Cost for groups with 30 or more students is $5 per student for a show, workshop, or both. One adult for every five students is admitted free. Additional adults pay $7.75 (included in the group check.) Individual admission not covered by group check must pay full admission price.

Make a Reservation

Reservations are recommended 2 to 3 weeks in advance. In the event you cancel a confirmed program with less than one week's notice, you will be invoiced for half of the amount of your group's original reservation.

All Science Theater programs are presented live and last 45 minutes in length. The Science Theater seats 130 people and we try to fill each show. All groups must be accompanied by a parent, teacher or adult leader. Call Nancy at (423) 648-6040 or Sheila at (423) 648-6045 to book your show today!

CAUTION - Some of the shows contain occasional loud noises and explosions. Children bothered by these sounds should sit near the exit doors and be removed from the theater at the appropriate time.

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