Themed Field Trips

Special themed field trip days allow your students to focus in on important science topics, while interacting with tons of hands-on exhibits and meeting some of the best and brightest professionals in the field!

Oct. 26–27, 2012
(Grades: 5–12)

To celebrate National Chemistry Week, the Science Center invites students to explore a future in the field of chemistry. Explore the reasons why chemistry "matters" through hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, and exciting presentations.

On Friday, high school students are invited to ChemFest Café, a fast-paced introduction to chemistry careers in an informal setting. They can check out dazzling demos, enjoy café-style beverages, and chat with industry professionals. Limited capacity, pre-registration required.

Onsite partners include: Allegheny College, Alpha Chi Sigma, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), ASM International, BASF Corporation, Bayer Corporation, Bidwell Training Center, California University of PA, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Clarion University, Duquesne University, Fisher Science Education, Girls, Math & Science Partnership, Indiana University of PA, La Roche College, LANXESS Corporation, PPG Industries, Inc., Robert Morris University, SACP, SACP Student Affiliates, Science on the Road, Seton Hill University, Tetra Tech NUS, INC., The Children's Institute, U.S. Office of Surface Mining, University of Pittsburgh ACS, Waynesburg University, and Westinghouse Electric Company

ChemFest is sponsored by:

SciTech Days
Nov. 6–7, 2012; March 5–6, 2013 (Grades: 5–8)
Nov. 8–9, 2012; March 7–8, 2013 (Grades: 9–12)

Pittsburgh is a hub for high-tech industry, creative technology, and ground-breaking advances in all fields of science. Your students will meet dozens of regional innovators from local companies and universities. Many special workshops and demonstrations are offered during SciTech Days, including sessions for gifted and advanced students.

  • NEW! Multispectrum or Multidiscipline Career Café (high school only)
  • NEW! eTextiles Workshop
  • Exploring Marcellus Shale
  • CSI Workshops
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Real Food Rocks!
...and so much more!

Visit for a complete list!

Engineer the Future
Feb. 22–23, 2013
Inspire your students to explore a career in engineering as they engage in hands-on activities, interact with professionals in the field, and check out presentations at more than 50 event tables.
Grades: 5–12

Feb. 15–16, 2013
Gale-force winds are blowing a spectacular educational event of the geosciences into town! Explore activity tables as you learn about geography, geology, meteorology, and more. Plus, meet special guests from the community! The forecast is 100% chance of fun and learning!
Grades: 5–8

Presented in partnerships with:

Space Out! Astronomy Weekend
March 23–24, 2013
Discover how to navigate the stars, get a close-up look at meteorites and Moon rocks, zoom in on the latest and greatest info about telescopes, and more. 3...2...1...Blast off!
Grades: K–12