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.


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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.

Much Ado About Nothing: The Wonders of Vacuum Science and Technology
Saturday, March 18: 11am–3pm

Do objects fall differently in vacuum?  Can marshmallow peeps survive in a vacuum?  If one screams in a vacuum will it be heard?  Come experience hands-on demonstrations that answer these and other intriguing questions. You won't take your atmosphere for granted after these activities with the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Vacuum Society.

The Plasma Jedi
Saturday, March 18: 12–2pm

Explore the concepts of electric current, plasma and how microwaves work as you discover how plasma can be created with University of Rochester's Hussein Aluie.

Free Telescope Tune-Up Day | Strasenburgh Planetarium Lobby
Saturday, March 18: 11am–4pm

Do you have a telescope in the attic, or one you received as a gift, and can’t quite get it assembled or working? Bring it to the Planetarium lobby for this special event. Knowledgeable volunteers from the Astronomy Section, Rochester Academy of Science will do their best to help you get your telescope back in action and offer tips on how to enjoy it! 

Seeing the Invisible: Schlieren Imaging
Sunday, March 25, 11am–3pm

Think of a hot day when the asphalt road has a shimmering mirage that looks like a puddle of water. The hot road warms the air causing strong refraction of light. The same exact thing happens to the air around our bodies, but it is much harder to see. With the help of students from the Rochester Institute of Technology's SPIE OSA Student Chapter, see the heat coming from your hand with a schlieren, or streak, imaging system and learn about why heat and light behave in this way.

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.


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