Science—and fun—are live on center stage! Discover Science Alive experiences every weekend and during school breaks. See science come to life as you explore our museum exhibits and galleries; encounter science up close, experiment hands-on as you meet scientists from our community; enjoy live animal presentations and sing-along with the lightening to your favorite tune in Electricity Theater.
Animal Shows with Wildlife Defenders
Saturdays at 12:30 and 2:30pm
Special to 2017, Wildlife Defenders are bringing animal experiences to the RMSC all year! Presentations will take place nearly every Saturday and some select weekdays, particularly during school breaks. The Wildlife Defenders Program is a wildlife education outreach group that is part of Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc. As part of their rehabilitation, members share details about live native and exotic animals, birds and reptiles.
Live Science Shows
Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks, 1 and 3 pm.
RMSC Players bring fiery explosions, extreme temperatures, amazing antics and entertaining education to their performances live on stage in the Bausch Auditorium. Discover the Live Science Shows on pressure, energy, hydrogen, light, color, temperature, physics and meet Wormie and Mother Nature.
Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks, 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm.From physics to Nano science you can step right up to our cart of science! Science encounters, with RMSC staff and volunteers; these take place in our exhibit galleries on weekends and break weeks from 10:15-3:15. They’re your chance to check out everything from permeability to what makes something invisible. Come see chemical reactions and engineering marvels with over 20 different demos. Mastodon Toothpaste, Invisibility, DaVinci Dreams, Forces, Inside Incandesce, Smog & Frog, and Nano Rainbow just to name a few. We can’t wait to see you for your chance to explore science with your RMSC friends!
Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm
Featuring two six-foot Tesla coils, this musical electricity show amazes visitors as arcs of lightning light up the theater. Sing along to your favorite tune as pressure waves radiating from the coils are manipulated to create a tune - in other words, we change the musical tone of the “thunder” that the lightning produces. The coils can play pre-loaded music and those talented musicians among us can even play a keyboard live, with the coils serving as speakers. Tunes change daily. Our latest addition, the Faraday Cage, let’s you safely get between the coils to see the electricity up close.
Science On a Sphere
Facilitated Presentations: Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Engage in an immersive experience with our new Science On a Sphere! A 3-D projection system displays real-time Earth System and planetary science data onto our ‘floating’ five-foot sphere. The sphere comes to life as animated weather patterns, atmospheric storms, climate change and seismic activity move across the globe. View Earth as it would be seen from space or examine the surface of Mars as facilitators lead you through patterns of data on various topics. In between presentations, the sphere runs on an automated audio-loop. Check it out on the Museum’s 2nd Floor.
Enjoy these opportunities to meet and greet, do hands on experiments and discover the research being done right here in Rochester. Featured Presenters Times may vary depending on the presenter.
Fossils of New York and the World
Saturday, Feb. 4: 11am–3pm
Discover the stories preserved in fossils from New York State and around the world with the Fossil Section of the Rochester Academy of Science. What do they tell us about the plants and animals of the past? Informational handouts will be available.
Rochester Lego Displays the Elements
Saturday, Feb. 11: 9am–5pm and Sunday, Feb. 12: 11am–5pm
With the incredible lego creations of Rochester Lego User Group, get a new perspective of the classical elements of earth, fire, air and water. You'll be inspired to get building after seeing their elements-themed pieces and many others.
Explore Amateur Rocketry
Saturday, March 4: 10am–3pm
Ignite an interest in amateur rocketry with the Monroe Astronautical Rocket Society (MARS). Every year for the last decade, MARS members have brought their rockets and equipment to share with our visitors to show how rocketry can be a fun, safe and educational hobby. Learn how rockets work, explore the safety procedures and perhaps take what you learn to take up a new family-friendly hobby.
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