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The MOST's traveling Science on the Go shows are interactive science presentations designed for kindergarten to middle school students. Each 45-minute presentation aims to inspire student interest in science by connecting the students' own experiences and knowledge with demonstration themes. If your group is high school age or older, contact our educator for program options.

Science on the Go costs:

Pre-K: 20 to 30 minute shows upto 20 students, children 2 and 3 year olds
$95

Small group: up to 30 people for 45 minute show
$150

Medium group: 30 to 50 people for 45 minute show
$200

Large group: 50 to 75 people for 45 minute show
$250

Auditorium Shows (or large room): 75 to 100 people
$300

For Science Workshop: up to 25 students
$250

Contact:Science on the Go coordinator

Discount: Venues with back to back shows on the same day receive a $10 discount

Mileage: Shows performed outside Onondaga County cost an additional $0.55 per mile.

Presentations:

Young Children's Show: Sound, Bubbles and an Animal
(recommended for K - 3rd grade)
Every scientist starts out as a curious young person. In this presentation every new surprise is a chance to learn. This show encourages children's natural curiosity by exploring the science of sound and bubbles, and introducing them to a live animal. During the section on sound, children can clap and dance, and enjoy a surprising water splash created by sound vibrations. During the bubbles section, the audience is asked to make observations and predictions while the MOST educator experiments with different methods to make a variety of bubbles. Meeting one of the MOST's live animals (snake, turtle, or cockroach) is often the favorite part of the show. While learning about the animal, students reflect on their own animal experiences and compare their bodies and lifestyle to that of the animal. The Young Children's Show keeps the attention of the young pre-K students, but is also great for students up to 3rd grade. Groups of thirty or less students are allowed to pet the animal.
Requirements: Two rectangular tables and one chair

One World, Many Sounds: The Science of Sound and Music
(recommended for K - 8th grade)
This presentation capitalizes on the audience's interest in music to explore science concepts. Students are introduced to a number of musical instruments from around the world, including an African hand drum, Irish penny whistles, percussive wooden frogs from Thailand, and a Native American style flute. The MOST educator plays the instruments and uses them to discuss how sound, hearing, and music work. All students are invited to clap and sing, while some get to help perform parts of the demo with the MOST educator.
Requirements: Two rectangular tables and two chairs

Animal Adaptations: Live Animals and Real Animal Skulls
(recommended for K - 8th grade)
Introducing children to live animals is a great way to create memorable science learning experiences. In this show, the audience meets two of the MOST's animals (snake, turtle, and cockroaches) and learns about how their bodies are adapted for their lifestyles and roles in the ecosystem. The MOST educator also discusses animal skeletons and shows the students a collection of animal skulls. Groups of thirty students or less are allowed to touch one of the animals at the end of the show.
Requirements: One rectangular table and a chair

Wow Science: Science Tricks and Optical Illusions
(recommended for K - 8th grade)
Science can sometimes seem like magic, especially during the demonstrations in Wow Science. During this show, students will be "wowed" by balloons that don't pop when a needle is stuck in them, water that seems to disappear from a cup, and a stack of ceramic cups and saucers that don't fall over when the tablecloth is pulled out from under them. A series of spinning discs at the end of the show each produce different optical illusions as well. As the students learn how the tricks work, each "wow" moment becomes a chance to learn science and think more scientifically about the world around them.
Requirements: Two rectangular tables

Colder Than Ice: Dry Ice, Liquid Nitrogen, and the Water Cycle
(recommended for K - 8thgrade)
This presentation focuses on the properties of dry ice and liquid nitrogen, and uses them to make clouds and discuss the water cycle. Dry ice and liquid nitrogen are both sub-zero materials which amaze students of all ages. Audiences learn about phase changes, the effects of extreme cold on objects, and explore some of the similarities and differences between carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water. The importance of the water cycle is also reviewed as the MOST educator leads the audience in a call and response song.
Requirements: Two rectangular tables and access to water beforehand

Interconnected: Energy, Life, and Water
(recommended for K - 8th grade)
Interconnected uses interactive demonstrations and a live animal to teach important environmental science concepts and promote conservation. A hand-crank generator is used by audience volunteers to show how much energy different kinds of light bulbs use. This begins a talk about energy use and where energy comes from. Next, a live cockroach is introduced to the audience and shown as an example of the importance of decomposers for the continuation of the circle of life. The audience is then treated to some astonishing science as the MOST educator experiments with liquid nitrogen. The water cycle and its importance is discussed as the liquid nitrogen is used to make clouds. This show is recommended for groups of 50 and under. Groups of 30 and under are allowed to touch the cockroach.
Requirements: Two rectangular tables


The Power of Air: Atmospheric Pressure in Action
(recommended for 1st - 8th grade)
Does air really take up space? Do suction cups work in outer space? Can air pressure crush a can? This presentation explores some of the interesting properties related to air pressure. Audience volunteers are asked to try to blow up a balloon inside an empty bottle, to compete in a cool-aide drinking competition, and even to experience the pressure of air on their bodies as they sit inside a plastic bag and have the air sucked out. The Power of Air reminds us that examples of science surround us every day, and that the power of air is an important part of our lives.
Requirements: Two rectangular tables and a power outlet

It's all about the size
(Two presentations; one for K-3rd grade, the other for grades 4-8)
This presentation introduces concepts of nano science. When things are on the nanoscale, they are a billionth of a meter and have unique, astounding properties. When does water defy the force of gravity? How can a material be both a liquid and solid - while also withstanding the powerful force of a hammer? These and other surprising phenomena are already a reality thanks to the unique features of the smallest science. MOST presenters will bring these amazing micro properties to a full size demonstration, to engage audiences in both age groups. In the program for students in fourth through eighth grades, students are challenged to use their critical thinking skills to imagine how nanoscale science and technology will continue to change our world.

Fizz, Boom, Amaze!
Ever wondered why Pop Rocks pop and soda goes fizz? The MOST brings you an exciting selection of experiments, many using ordinary household materials, that fizz, boom, and pop. You'll be dazzled as you learn the science behind a Mentos geyser, CO2 sandwich, and popping film canisters. This 45-minute interactive show is for all ages and designed to encourage further scientific experimentation.

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