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Demonstration Descriptions

If you can’t make it to the MOST, the museum can visit you at your Onondaga County location! The MOST supplements our exhibits and in-house activities with our traveling science program, which we call Science on the Go. These lecture-style performances aim to get children excited about science.

Here are descriptions of already prepared 45-minute demonstrations, but we can alter them to better match a teacher’s curriculum and student grade level:

Animal Adaptations: Live Animal and Real Animal Skulls
(Recommended for kindergarten to eighth grade)

In this show, the audience meets one of the MOST’s animals – snake, turtle, or cockroach – and learns how their bodies are adapted for their lifestyles and roles in the ecosystem. The MOST educator also discusses skeletons and shows students a collection of animal skulls.

Science on the Go requirements: One rectangular table and a chair

Colder Than Ice: Dry Ice, Liquid Nitrogen, and the Water Cycle
(Recommended for kindergarten to eighth grade)

This presentation focuses on the properties of dry ice and liquid nitrogen, and uses them to discuss the water cycle. Dry ice and liquid nitrogen are both sub-zero materials that amaze people 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.

Science on the Go requirements: Two rectangular tables and access to water

Fizz, Boom, Amaze!
(Recommended for all ages)

Ever wondered why Pop Rocks pop and soda goes fizz? The MOST brings you an exciting selection of experiments, many using ordinary household products, 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 show is designed to encourage further scientific experimentation.

Science on the Go requirements: Three rectangular tables and access to water

Interconnected: Energy, Life, and Water
(Recommended for kindergarten to eighth grade)

Audience volunteers crank a generator by hand to show how much energy different kinds of light bulbs use, launching a discussion of energy use and where it comes from. Next, the audience meets a cockroach as they learn about the importance of decomposers in the circle of life. Then the MOST educator experiments with liquid nitrogen as a visual to talk about the water cycle. This show is recommended for groups of 50 and under.

Science on the Go requirements: Two rectangular tables

It’s All About the Size
(Two presentations: one for kindergarten to third grade, the other for grades four to eight)

These presentations introduce concepts of nanoscience. When things are on the nanoscale, they measure a billionth of a meter and have astounding properties. When does water defy the force of gravity? How can a material be both a liquid and solid, while withstanding the force of a hammer? MOST presenters will bring these amazing micro properties to a full-size demonstration to engage audiences in both age groups. In the program for older students, attendees are challenged to imagine how nanoscale science and technology will continue to change our world.

Science on the Go requirements: Two rectangular tables and access to water

Ready, Set, Spin! Keep Moving
(Recommended for first to eighth grades)

Have you ever wondered why golf balls have dimples, how ice skaters spin so fast, or if you could bounce a basketball on Mars? All around the world people play. Although our games vary, science rules do not change. Yet if we understand the rules we can push the boundaries. Join us as we explore the why and how of play on our perpetually spinning planet, and beyond! This 45-minute interactive demonstration brings the physics of games and sports to you! Ready, Set, Spin! Keep moving.

Science on the Go requirements: Two rectangular tables, access to water, and a power outlet

Superhero Science: The Power Behind the Hero
(Recommended for first to eighth grades)

How does Spiderman cling to buildings? Will Captain America’s shield really save the day? If you have ever wondered how your favorite superhero’s power works, then you will be amazed when you learn the science behind them. The MOST educator discusses an exciting selection of superpowers, including invisibility and electricity.

Science on the Go requirements:

The Power of Air: Atmospheric Pressure in Action
(Recommended for first to eighth grades)

Does air 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 blow up a balloon inside an empty bottle, compete in a drinking competition, and experience the pressure of air on their bodies as they sit inside a plastic bag and have the air removed.
Science on the Go requirements: Two rectangular tables and a power outlet

Wow Science: Science Tricks and Optical Illusions
(Recommended for kindergarten to eighth grade)

Science can sometimes seem like magic: balloons that don’t pop when stuck with a needle, water that disappears from a cup, and dishware that remains intact when a tablecloth underneath is removed. The MOST educator spins a series of discs that each produce a different optical illusion. As the students discover how the tricks work, they learn how to think more scientifically.

Science on the Go requirements: Two rectangular tables

Young Children’s Show: Sound, Bubbles and an Animal
(Recommended for pre-K to third grade)

This show encourages children’s natural curiosity by exploring the science of sound and bubbles. During the section on sound, children clap, dance, and splash water with sound vibrations. During the bubbles section, the audience makes predictions before the educator experiments with different ways to make bubbles.

Science on the Go requirements: Two rectangular tables and one chair


  • Groups must book at least three weeks in advance
  • Call our guest services coordinator for pricing information and booking demonstrations

Science on the Go also offers 45-minute hands-on workshops for groups of 24 or less within Onondaga County.