The MOST offers 45-minute hands-on experimental investigations that are great for groups of 25 or less, either in the museum or at your Onondaga County venue, through our Science on the Go program. The workshops usually feature both demonstrations and related hands-on activities, and all meet New York State and national science standards.
Workshop topics listed below are programs we have developed in the past, and they can be configured for any age group. Our educators are also happy to create a program on any scientific topic for your group. All workshops require tables and chairs where attendees can work and another table in front of the room for the MOST educator.
Explores a variety of science concepts using balloons, including screaming balloons, rockets, mini-hovercrafts, and the expanding universe.
Explore the properties of bubbles by making a trampoline, pipe cleaner blowers, bubbles without wands, and square, giant, and nested bubbles. Discover how to catch bubbles and why they pop. Try making a bubble snake and some with clouds inside.
Catapults and Launchers
Students demonstrate Newton’s Second Law of Motion with slingshots and miniature airplane launchers. Students build, test, and modify catapult designs.
Students learn the fundamentals of DNA structure while extracting DNA from strawberries. Each student leaves the workshop with DNA in a plastic tube.
We offer two versions:
- Use playdough to determine relative sizes of the earth and moon or the relative sizes of all the planets in our solar system.
- Make a paper cup constellation to view parts of the night sky, a model of the expanding universe, and a star chart. Touch a meteorite.
Fossils provide a fascinating look at plants and animals from long ago. Students will handle fossils from our collection of those frequently found in Central New York. They may be introduced to sedimentary rock formation and how we date fossils.
Goop and Silly Putty
Explore the properties of oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid, to examine how matter behaves. Learn how a similar compound might treat Kevlar fabric to make liquid body armor. Compare the characteristics of oobleck to silly putty, which can be solid enough to bounce or liquid enough to flow.
Harry Potter Potions Class
Enjoy a potions class, just like at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We start with a potion to check for Muggles, make a few potion recipes, then use our supplies to create a new potion with magical properties. Supplies include unicorn horn, bezoars, dragon spit, and rat’s claws.
Experimenters learn about the relative properties of liquid water, water vapor, and ice, as well as the temperature at which water freezes. Groups of older students also learn about density, weight, and surface area.
Participants pound spinach and cabbage leaves to identify the pigments found in them. The pigment in red cabbage leaves serves as an acid-base indicator, which students use to test the acidity of items commonly found in the kitchen: lemon juice, tomato juice, baking soda, grape juice, cream of tartar, tea, and water.
How Small Is Nano?
How small is a nanometer? How does size make a difference? Students test modifications at the nano scale with nano sand and nano pants, and see how nanoscale changes can have a big impact on the macroscale. They are introduced to liquid crystals, memory wire, and ferrofluids.
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Students demonstrate Newton’s three Laws of Motion using a slippery cloth, cups and saucers, catapults, and balloon rockets. They also use miniature hovercrafts to experiment with reduced friction.
Simple Machines in the Kitchen
Simple machines – wheels, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, screws, and levers –can make food prep easier. Students visit stations to try out an apple peeler, carrot peeler, cheese slicer, chopsticks, egg slicer, eggbeater, lettuce spinner, knife, melon scoop, and salt grinder. Tasting is optional.
Literature tie-in: How Do You Lift A Lion? by Bill Wells
Splashes and Water Properties
We offer two versions:
- Younger children learn about splashes, water pressure, buoyancy, and diffusion. Participants are challenged to build a raft out of provided materials that can hold weight. After testing, they are encouraged to redesign their raft.
- This workshop challenges older students to make water go uphill using balloons, funnels, tubing, and pipettes. Along the way, they learn about displacement, surface tension, absorbency, and solutions.
- Workshops cost $350
- Groups must book workshops at least three weeks in advance with our guest services coordinator
Science on the Go also offers 45-minute demonstrations at your venue.