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June 3 - August 11Hands-on science experiments

We’re introducing a whole new way to interact with STEM activities this summer. Join us at STEM Station for a fun, interactive experiment where you are the scientist! We will have a new experiment each week and all guests are invited to participate. Some experiments may not be appropriate for all ages.

Located near the entrance to Kansas in Miniature exhibit, STEM Station will be open from 11 am – 4 pm daily.

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and learn some science!

Daily: 11 am – 4 pm

Located near the Kansas in Miniature entrance

New experiments each week

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June 10-16: Dry Ice Bubbles

There’s something magical about a bubble. It’s just a little puff of air trapped inside a thin film of soap and water, but its precise spherical shape and beautiful swirling colors make it a true wonder of science. Bubbles are amazing on their own, but bubbles filled with fog are even cooler. Now imagine if you could bounce and play with these bubbles, holding them in your hands without popping

Cost: Included in Museum Admission

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June 17-23: Astronaut Training

Train like an astronaut in the Barany chair! You can’t tell which way is up or down when you’re in space. The Barany chair illustrates the ability of the inner ear’s sense of balance to be disrupted, like in antigravity or a high-speed fighter jet. This teaches astronauts, pilots and you to trust your equipment in disorienting motions.

 

Cost: Included in Museum Admission

STEM Station Activities

Visit every week for a new hands-on science experience! We’ll announce each week’s activity on Mondays.

3D Printing

3D Printing

Choose a design and then witness the magic of 3D printing as it transforms your selection into a real-life object. Participants will be able to take their 3D printed object home with them.

Please note: there will be a nominal fee for this activity.

Astronaut Training

Astronaut Training

Train like an astronaut in the Barany chair! When you’re in space you can’t tell which way is up or down. The Barany Chair illustrates the ability of the inner ear’s sense of balance to be disrupted, like when in antigravity or a high speed fighter jet. This teaches astronauts, pilots, and you to trust your equipment when in crazy motions.

Dragon’s Breath

Dragon’s Breath

Dragon’s Breath is a frozen treat that consists of colorful cereal puffs dipped in flavors and liquid nitrogen. Once you put a puff into your mouth, vapor emanates from your nose and mouth due to the liquid nitrogen, hence the name Dragon’s Breath.

Check it out!
Dry Ice Bubbles

Dry Ice Bubbles

There’s something magical about a bubble. It’s just a little puff of air trapped inside a thin film of soap and water, but its precise spherical shape and beautiful swirling colors make it a true wonder of science. Bubbles are amazing on their own, but bubbles filled with fog are even cooler. Now imagine if you could bounce and play with these bubbles, holding them in your hands without popping.

Check it out!
Electricity in Action

Electricity in Action

When turned on, the dome of the Van de Graaff generator becomes charged (either positive or negative depending on its design). Anything in contact with the dome also gains the same charge. If a person holds the dome, they will become charged and their hair might stand on end if it is long and dry enough.

Fire Bubbles

Fire Bubbles

Propane-filled bubbles will be be set on fire in the palm of your hand! Staff will help you scoop a soapy mixture into your hand and light them on fire. Have cameras ready because they burn up quickly, created a cool photo op. The water on your hand prevents you from getting burned and the effect is astounding.

Geode Cracking

Geode Cracking

Creating a circle of pressure points around the circumference of the geode, the levers are compressed and the chain tightens. The points etch the geode with tremendous pressure and break open the geode to expose the beautiful crystals inside. Participants will be able to take their geode home with them!

Please note: There will be a nominal fee for this activity.

Giant Bubbles

Giant Bubbles

Grasp onto a sturdy rope suspended from above and give it a strong tug downward. As you do, a magical bubble begins to form around you, enclosing your body in a shimmering sphere of iridescent colors. It’s an enchanting activity where you can experience the joy of creating a bubble world simply by pulling on a rope!

Harmonograph

Harmonograph

The harmonograph consists of a felt pen that remains stationary and a platform that swings beneath the pen. As the platform swings, the pen marks on a sheet of paper that is fastened to the platform, generating beautiful repetitive patterns which grow smaller with each repetition.

Laser Cutting

Laser Cutting

A laser cutter is a machine that uses a high-energy focused laser beam to cut into various plate or sheet materials to create 2-dimensional parts for both hobbyist and industrial applications. You will select a design and watch as it comes to life. Participants will be able to take their laser cut project home with them.

Please note: there will be a nominal fee for this activity.