Assembly Programs

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The dynamic action in our science assembly programs includes audience participation, fun-filled demonstrations, and live experiments with creative props.

Capacity: 250 students
Time required: 45 minutes
Fee: Prices below include set-up and one presentation; $175 for each repeat presentation.

NEW! Take a Hike: Backyard Biodiversity

Fee: $375

Content Themes: Biodiversity, Technology, Regional Science

Become a field biologist on a global trek through woodlands, waterways, and even clouds! Sensors, sounds, and satellites help you track and map wildlife. Discover amazing animal adaptations on your high-tech adventure. Team up with local conservationists and learn how to be a "Habitat Hero" in your own backyard! For grades K–6

Sponsored by: Spring, a program of The Sprout Fund

NEW! Tour de Force

For grades 3–8
Content themes: Physical Science, Human Endeavors

From bowling balls to Einstein's gravity wells, experience the forces that keep you in your chairs, as well as the planets and stars in their orbits! Take part in high impact demonstrations of Newton's Laws as Tour de Force smashes, crashes, and blasts you on a tour of universal forces and ever-changing forms of energy.


Captain Green's Time Machine

Fee: $475

Content themes: Conservation, Ecology, Climate Change

Join Captain Green on a quest to save the environment. Travel to ecosystems around the globe as you learn about the science of climate change in rain forests, oceans, and polar ice caps through demonstrations of fiery methane bubbles and colorful dry ice chemistry. Explore renewable energy technology with an ethanol fire car and a windy demonstration of lift. Take control of "Spaceship Earth" as you race against time to create a sustainable future! Read more...

Produced in partnership with

Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry

Fee: $475

Content themes: Chemistry, States of Matter, Regional Science

Discover the hidden treasures of chemistry in this action-packed adventure! Team up with “Ion” Jones and real PPG scientists on a global quest to collect the elements. Unleash a Mentos Geyser in the Bubblin' Badlands, test your materials science mettle in the Dunes of Silica, and ignite the Mountain of Fire. By the time your students reach the castle, they will have observed chemistry in action—from catalysts to combustion! Read more...

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NEW! Colossal Fossil Fuels

Fee: $475

Content themes: Geology, Energy, Paleontology, Regional Science

It's an epic energy adventure millions of years in the making! Journey through time in search of coal, oil, and natural gas. Travel to Prehistoric Park, roar with ancient animals, and discover the plants or plankton that became fossil fuels. At Geology Junction, use sound and electricity to locate underground fuel deposits. At Rockbuster Rig, extract natural gas from the region's Marcellus Shale formation.

Produced in partnership with

Special thanks to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Rockin' Robots: World Tour

Fee: $475

Content themes: Robotics, Engineering, Technology, Regional Science

Juice your circuits, spin your gyros, and groove to the binary beat! Meet Quasi the Robot, a childlike animatronic robot who dreams of adventure, and help him design and deploy a heroic band of 'bots to help humanity! Interact with real robotic technology as you take the World Tour. By the end of the show, Quasi will have explored land, sea, and space on his journey to become a rockin' robot! Read more...

Produced in partnership with

Special thanks to Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation and C.W. Benedum Foundation

Start Your Engines

Fee: $375

For grades K–6
Content themes: Motion, Energy, Engineering, Technology, History of Science & Technology

Science demonstrations transport you across land, through the air, and into space! Things really heat up when we show you how a steam engine works and demonstrate combustion! Learn about automotive safety, see how transportation technologies have changed over time, and imagine what might be coming next. (Remember "Fasten Your Seatbelts?" Same great show with a new name!)

Space Encounters

Fee: $375

For grades K–6
Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies, Space Exploration

Blast off with us into interplanetary space to experience comets, vacuums, life aboard the International Space Station, and walking on the Moon.

NEW! Home Makeover: Green Edition

Fee: $375

For grades K–8 Content Themes: Electricity, Energy, Conservation

Step right up for a hair-raising experience on our Van de Graaff Generator! Score points through energy-efficient choices in our interactive game show, and feel the ZAP of electricity in our literal "lightning round!"

Sponsored by:

Fire and Ice

Fee: $375

For grades K–8
Content themes: Energy, States of Matter

This audience-participation game show pits the Fire Team against the Ice Team in a series of exciting and explosive visual demonstrations. Students learn about combustion and the fire triangle, then see what happens when objects are frozen at 320° below zero in liquid nitrogen.

Sponsored by:

Wild Weather Adventure

Fee: $375

For grades K–8 Content theme: Weather

This multi-player, life-sized board game brings the weather indoors! Explore tornadoes, air pressure, lightning, and other weather phenomena. Test your knowledge about the air around you as we pit one team against another for a highly interactive weather adventure.

Light Fantastic

Fee: $375

For grades 5–8
Content themes: Chemistry, Light

In this program, vibrant demonstrations illuminate the chemistry of light and lasers. Explore the chemistry of color in an interactive show themed to the Periodic Table of Elements.

Sponsored by:

NEW! Dinosaur Detectives

Opens January 2013

For grades K–2
Content themes: Biology, Human Endeavors

What did dinosaurs eat, and why? What did they sound like and look like? If they lived so long ago, how do scientists know so much about them? Investigate clues from the dinosaur fossil record to answer these questions and more as you become a dinosaur detective!

Developed in partnership with Carnegie Museum of Natural History

NEW! Amazing Bugs

Opens January 2013

For grades K–4
Content themes: Biology, Human Endeavors, Environmental Science, Ecosystems

Bugs are among the most diverse living things on the planet, but how much do you really know about them? Can you tell an insect from an arachnid? (Hint: count the legs!) Join us to explore the nature of these helpful, sometimes harmful, always amazing bugs!

Developed in partnership with Carnegie Museum of Natural History