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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 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.

  • Earth Plays Rough

    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 National Science Standards: Science as Inquiry, Earth and Space Science, and Science in Personal and Social Perspectives.

  • Simply Electrifying

    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 pickle!  Reinforces National Science Standards: Science as Inquiry, Physical Science, Science and Technology, and Science in Personal and Social Perspectives.

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

Classroom Programs

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

  • Enter the Universe

    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 National Science Standards: Earth and Space Science, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, and History and Nature of Science.

  • EngiNerding Out!

    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 National Science Standards: Science as Inquiry and Physical Science.

    This program is available at no cost to schools in select areas thanks to support from Flint Hills Resources. Contact us at 515-274-6868 ext. 244 to see if your school qualifies.

  • From Rocks to Gemstones

    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 National Science Standards: Science as Inquiry, Earth and Space Science, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, and History and Nature of Science.

  • Three Little Engineers

    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 National Science Standards: Science as Inquiry and Physical Science.