Electronic workshop


The MOST offers 45-minute hands-on workshops for groups of up to 24 held at the Museum. These immersive investigative sessions feature demonstrations and related hands-on activities, and all meet New York State and Next Generation Science Standards.

Workshop programs listed below can be tailored to any age group, and MOST educators are capable of creating a program on any additional scientific topic.

Balloon Science

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, learn why they pop, and try making a bubble snake and bubbles with clouds inside.


Students will learn about the engineering design process and Newton’s Three Laws of Motion while creating miniature catapults and seeing a trebuchet launch.

DNA Extraction

Students learn the fundamentals of DNA structure while extracting DNA from strawberries. Each student leaves the workshop with DNA in a plastic tube.

Early Astronomy

Two versions are offered:

  • Utilize playdough to determine relative sizes of the Earth, Moon, and all 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. See and touch an actual meteorite, which originated in outer space and made its way through Earth’s atmosphere before landing on our home planet.


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.

Harry Potter Potions Class

Enjoy a potions class, just like at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Start with a potion to check for Muggles, make a few potion recipes, and create a new potion with magical properties. Supplies include unicorn horn, bezoars, dragon spit, and rat’s claws.

Ice Balloons

Students learn firsthand 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.

Kitchen Chemistry

Crush spinach and cabbage leaves to identify 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, and catapults. They also use miniature hovercraft to experiment with reduced friction.