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 of shows priced at $375; $225 for each repeat presentation of shows priced at $475.
Batter up! Discover the science behind America's favorite pastime, from the physics behind your favorite pitches to the science of the perfect swing. Step up to the plate for exciting demonstrations that will leave your students ahead of the curve! Find a bat's "sweet spot," measure reaction time, or predict a ball's trajectory. Our science scoreboard features the Pittsburgh Pirates, slow motion footage, and animations illustrating the physiology of the human body and the aerodynamics of a baseball in flight. You'll be "rootin' for Newton" through nine interactive "innings" of physics fun. Round the bases with a legendary line up of live demonstrations, then slide into home for a fireworks finish that's sure to be a blast!
This show was developed in partnership with Chevron and Pirates Charities
Anatomy Academy wants YOU! Our "cranium commander" will train your brain as you participate in exciting live demonstrations about health and the human body.
Take a fantastic voyage the bloodstream to learn about human body systems through the "eyes" of a miniature robotic probe. On this Body Trek, explore the workings of internal organs through live demonstrations. Discover the science behind your gut reactions. Explore the heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys, skeletal muscles, eyes and brain. Meet local medical experts and discover innovations in medicine, from cryogenics to lasers. Learn how positive food and fitness choices help to build a better body from the inside out! All Systems Go!
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Content themes: Astronomy, Physics, Technology, Environmental Science
This theater-style assembly show will employs large-scale props, costumes, banners, stunning visual imagery, and live physics and chemistry demonstrations, as well as audience participation, to immerse students in a futuristic journey through the Solar System.
A 10-minute, full-dome digital planetarium show – a "fly-through" of the Sun/Earth environment – is incorporated through the use of a portable digital planetarium system.
Ten hands-on learning stations – including tabletop explorations for individual students, as well as small groups – reinforce and further develop the scientific concepts related to heliophysics and the Solar Dynamic Observatory that are introduced in the assembly show. Grades K-8. Read more...
Debuting in Spring 2016
Content themes: Physics, Engineering, History of Science
Take an electrifying tour of great American inventions that go zap, crackle, and spark! Learn about the revolutionary science of Ben Franklin, our "Grounding Father," and the invention of the lightning rod. Then, see the thrill of colorful plasma arcs produced by our traveling Tesla Coil. Get charged up for a hair-raising experience with our Van de Graaff generator. Come on stage and take part in the chain of conductivity – a shocking finale! Grades K-8.
Content themes: Zoology, Physics, Engineering, Regional Science
We don't often think of physics when heading to the zoo. If you want to make something better, faster, or stronger, chances are you'll find the answer in nature. Meet our giant inflatable humpback whale, Gracie, who demonstrates how the physics of flippers are inspiring new wind turbines and test a "gravity-defying" slow motion slinky to study the trunk of our giant inflatable elephant, Zuri! Local zookeepers, chemists, and robot designers join in the conversation – and some real zoo animals make their on-screen debut. Read more...
Produced in partnership with PPG
Special thanks to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
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 this show smashes, crashes, and blasts you on a tour of universal forces and ever-changing forms of energy. For grades K-8
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...
Produced in partnership with PPG
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...
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Special thanks to Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation and C.W. Benedum Foundation
For grades K-8
Content themes: Energy, States of Matter
Students learn about combustion and the fire triangle, then see what happens when objects are frozen at 320? below zero in liquid nitrogen.
For grades K-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.