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Science Central recognizes that our Mission to be a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages is as important as your health and safety.

As we begin making plans, with the goal of being able to reopen soon, Science Central is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and our visitors, even as we navigate through this challenging time.

Upon reopening we would hope that your families and friends see us as a safe and engaging venue of informal science education. Let’s all use the best defense we have, knowledge. Let’s remember that the COVID-19 virus is still with us and just as concerning as before the state put into place a measured return to a ‘new’ normal. Join with us in fighting this international crisis.

We encourage our community to be aware of your behavior, be safe in your interactions and know what your choices are before engaging. Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face

Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19

Science Cenral Staff

UPDATE 5/18/2020:  Onsite Summer STEM Camps from June 8th through June 28th have been canceled, but we are offering new activities. These will include science kits you can do at home as well as live interaction with Science Central educators. If you are registered for any of these programs you will be contacted soon!

TO HELP KEEP US STRONG DONATIONS AT THIS TIME WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

Updated 5/8/2020.

Future Touring Exhibitions

Check out what's next!  Unless otherwise stated, sponsorship opportunities available!

All dates and details are tentative and subject to change. 

Flexhibits

Tentative dates June 6 - September 13, 2022

Flexhibits are an engaging, multi-user, multi-outcome, and multi-function learning environment for all visitors. These hands-on units were developed by engineers, architects, scientists and teachers well-versed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). They will help educate adults and kids alike across the many facets of physical, natural and applied sciences. Activities include rocketry and Newton’s Laws of Motion with an Air Rocket; air pressure and air streams with a Bernoulli Table; generators and electricity with a Circuit Bench; compasses and attraction/repulsion with a Magnet Table; capacitors and electromagnetism with a Ring Launcher; and geology and seismic waves with a Quake Table.

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Turtle Travels

Tentative dates September 26, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Experience turtle migration in a giant board game. Track a hidden turtle using telemetry. See how shell shapes suit different lifestyles and habitats. Design a turtle-friendly housing development. Find out what a loggerhead sea turtle sees as it swims! Recognize that turtles and tortoises have various shell shapes and foot structures that are suited to their habitats. Learn how scientists locate turtles by using radio telemetry equipment that they attach to turtles’ shells.

Turtles and tortoises live in various habitats that are threatened by human activities, such as housing development and road construction. You can help these reptiles survive and migrate safely! By changing our behavior, we can help turtles and tortoises survive and migrate. We can keep turtles and their eggs safe from predators by disposing of garbage properly. You can help keep wild turtles and tortoises safe when you travel by recognizing and avoiding products made from these reptiles. You can be a responsible pet owner. 

Turtle Travels was created by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative.

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NatureExhibits

Tentative dates January 16 - May 30, 2021

A gallery of brightly-colored, educational banners will introduce you to a variety of nature themes. 7 separate sections allow K-12 schools and general public to explore important conservation topics. Pollinators delves into the importance of bees and their decline in population. Wolves focuses on the 4 species in America, and their habitats and lives as predators. Elephants describes their behaviors, emotional and family lives, and poaching. Tiger will test your knowledge on fun facts such as why they have stripes, and how they are similar to house cats, as well as more serious topics like extinction. In Coral Reefs, you can learn how they are nurseries of the sea, and one of Earth’s most biodiverse ecosystems. Hammerhead, allows you to peek inside the behavior and physiology of one of the most unusual shark species. In The Rhinoceros and the Pangolin, you will explore a story of two strange mammals who share a common anatomical secret.

NatureExhibits was created by The Paly Foundation.

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