STEAM Machine Activities at the Science Center

All aboard the STEAM Machine! Join our newest summer program every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Enjoy different activities every week, from human and animal biology, to virology, chemistry, and more. Explore creative ways to solve challenges with the whole family.

Access to the STEAM Machine is included with general admission to the museum.
$10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 kids/Kids 2 and under are free

June 2 and 3: Effect of Oil Spills on Birds
Dive into environmental science this week as we explore the effects of oil spills on birds. Sea birds such as pelicans, seagulls, and egrets are equipped to handle many natural disasters, but how do they survive in the wake of a man-made oil spill? Find out with a hands-on oil spill cleanup experiment!

June 9 and 10: Blood Transfusions
Join us this week to learn all about giving the gift of life through blood donations and transfusions. Discover what makes up blood and explore how transfusions work through performing your own on the STEAM Machine (Note: no real blood transfusions will occur).

June 16 and 17: All About Spiders!
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and one of the most common fears in the world. This week we will be dispelling some of the myths about our eight-legged friends and gain a better understanding of how spiders live and what they do for us. LIVE spiders will be in attendance!

June 23 and 24: Metabolism and Food Digestion
Why can’t you sprint a marathon? Why do we burp and pass gas? Find out this week as we delve into human metabolism and learn about how what we eat turns into the energy we use to fuel our daily lives.


July 7 and 8: Density Tower and Whoosh Bottle
Why does oil float on top of water? Why does an iron block sink in a bucket of syrup? We will answer these questions this week while exploring density and how it functions as a property of solids, liquids, and gases. Features a fiery whoosh bottle demonstration!

July 15 and 16: Acids and Bases
We all know that lemons are sour, but what makes them sour? Why does baking soda and vinegar foam up when mixed? This week, we will be examining what pH is and how acids and bases interact in our environment and body.

July 21 and 22: What is a Virus?
After a year of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have questions about what a virus is and how it works as well as how vaccines help to fight them. This week we will explore the structure of viruses, how hand washing can prevent the spread of virus particles, and how vaccines train your body to fight off viral infections!

July 28 and 29: Chemistry Makes Scents!
The fresh scent of cut roses or the sharp smell of minty gum may be delightful, while the odor of a skunk or rotting food is disgusting to us. This week we will explore the biology and chemistry of scents and smell. We’ll see just how much your nose knows!