Science Alive

Science Alive

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.


Science Alive square Animal shows minAnimal 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. 

science alive 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.




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  • 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!


Science Alive square electricity theater minElectricity Theater

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 Alive Squares SoS minScience 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.


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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.

A Wonderful World of Soil
Saturdays, April 1 and May 6: 11am–2pm

What's the difference between "good" soil and "bad" soil? Explore that question with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County as you inspect soil particulates, learn about what famers are doing to keep their soil healthy and plant a seed.

The Animal Teachers and Anne Meade
Saturday, April 1: 11am–3pm

Do you know that people can go outside to their backyards, a field, or the woods and read the ground just as we read a book? Every animal or human leaves tracks and signs behind them and can tell a story about who they are and what they did. Come join the Animal Teachers and Anne Meade to learn a little about animal tracks and signs and meet the animals who made them.

10 Cent Stories with Karl Smith
Saturday, April 1: 11am–5pm (except break 12:30–1:30pm)

Create a story with the help of the 10 cent storyteller Karl Smith. Karl uses a manual typewriter to write a story for you about anything at all. Ask him for a story about a frog that can't jump, or ask him to listen to your own story about a frog lost on a farm, and Karl will type it out while you wait. You can keep your story, too! Karl is a PhD candidate in Biophysics at the University of Rochester. His 10 cent story project has been written about in USA Today, the Democrat and Chronicle, and the Cape Cod Times.

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Saturday, April 8: 11am–3pm

Celebrate National Robotics Week with the RMSC and University of Rochester! What robotics research that is happening at the University of Rochester's Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory? Find out in demonstrations of robot perception, motion planning and human-robot interaction for mobile robots and robotic manipulators.

Superheros & Legos
Saturday, June 3: 9am–5pm and Sunday, June 4: 10am–5pm

See the amazing superhero-themed creations of Rochester Lego User Group in the museum. They may inspire you to build your own at home!

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