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Demonstrations

Are you a teacher planning a class adventure to the MOST? Learn how the MOST can support your curriculum.

The Museum offers various types of science demonstrations:

  • Fifteen-minute live demonstrations are offered once per day on weekends, and daily during school breaks and throughout summer. Included with exhibit admission.
  • The Museum offers special presentations for group visits.
  • Supplement exhibits and in-house activities by booking a group science demonstration. DETAILS BELOW!

The MOST supplements exhibits and in-house activities with science demonstrations. Exciting performances by Museum educators get children excited about science!

Below are descriptions of 45-minute demonstrations. Educators are capable of altering any demonstration to better match curriculum and student grade level:

Zoom!

Have you ever seen a star being born? Or flown through Saturn’s rings? Or traveled through far away galaxies? A visitor from a galaxy beyond our own has done all of this, but they are most fascinated by seeing Earth for the first time! The audience can describe some of the unique parts of Earth, while the visitor demonstrates some of the most extraordinary aspects of the Universe.

Watch a short video about the Zoom! demonstration below!

New York State Next Generation Science Standards

  • 1-ESS1-1
  • 1-ESS1-2
  • 1-PS4-1
  • 3-ESS2-1
  • 5-PS2-1
  • 5-ESS1-1
  • 5-ESS1-2 
  • MS-ESS1-1
  • MS-ESS1-2
  • MS-ESS1-3
  • MS-PS4-2

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

Meets the MOST’s ball python, Mystic, and learns how a snake’s body is adapted to its lifestyles and role in an ecosystem. Discuss skeletons and explore a collection of animal skulls with a MOST educator.

New York State Next Generation Science Standards

  • K-ESS2-2
  • K-ESS3-1
  • 1-LS1-1
  • 2-LS2-2
  • 2-LS4-1
  • 3-LS2-1
  • 3-LS4-1
  • 3-LS4-3
  • 3-LS4-4
  • 3-LS3-1
  • 3-LS3-2
  • 3-LS4-2
  • MS-LS2-1
  • MS-LS2-2
  • MS-LS4-2
  • MS-LS4-6

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

Focusing on the properties of dry ice and liquid nitrogen, this presentation discusss the water cycle. Dry ice and liquid nitrogen are sub-zero materials that amaze people of all ages. Learn about phase changes and the effects of extreme cold on objects, and explore some of the similarities and differences between carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water.

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

Ever wondered why Pop Rocks pop and soda fizzes? 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.

New York State Next Generation Science Standards

  • K-PS1-1
  • 2-PS1-1
  • 2-PS1-4
  • 5-PS1-3
  • 5-PS1-4
  • MS-PS1-2
  • MS-PS1-6 
  • HS-PS1-2
  • HS-PS1-4
  • HS-PS1-11

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

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 games, and although 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.

New York State Next Generation Science Standards

  • K-PS2-1
  • K-PS2-2
  • 3-PS2-1
  • 3-PS2-2
  • 4-PS3-1
  • 4-PS3-2
  • 4-PS3-3
  • 4-PS3-4
  • 5-PS2-1
  • MS-PS2-1
  • MS-PS2-2
  • MS-PS2-4
  • MS-PS2-5
  • MS-PS3-1
  • MS-PS3-2
  • HS-PS2-2

Rocks! Sound! Science!
(Recommended for kindergarten to eighth grade)

Learn about the science behind two things that rock – rocks and sound! Explore the three categories of rocks and what they teach us. Learn what exactly sound is, how it is made, and how we can change it. See if all rocks really “sink like a rock,” touch fossils, play instruments, and see if a mixture of cornstarch and water can teach you some new dance moves!

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

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. A MOST educator discusses an exciting selection of superpowers, including invisibility and electricity.

New York State Next Generation Science Standards

  • K-PS1-1
  • K-2-ETS1-1
  • K-ESS3-2
  • 1-LS1-1
  • 1-PS4-2
  • 1-PS4-3
  • 2-PS1-1
  • 2-PS1-2
  • 2-PS1-4
  • 3-5-ETS1-2
  • 3-ESS3-1
  • 3-PS2-3
  • 3-PS2-4
  • 5-PS1-3
  • MS-PS2-3
  • MS-PS2-5
  • MS-PS3-6

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

Does air take up space? Do suction cups work in outer space? Can air pressure crush a can? Explore some of the interesting properties related to air pressure.

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, and spinning discs that produce different optical illusions. As students discover how tricks work, they think more scientifically.

Young Children’s Show: Sound & Bubbles
(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, children make predictions before the educator experiments with different ways to make bubbles.

New York State Next Generation Science Standards

  • 1-PS4-1

Math Magic
(Recommended for third to eighth grade)

The “math magician” will show the audience fun card, dice, and number tricks but the real trick is figuring out the math behind them! 

Better suited for smaller audiences. On-site projector capability for PowerPoint slides is required for this demonstration.

New York State Next Generation Science Standards

  • NY-3.OA.1
  • NY-3.OA.2
  • NY-3.OA.3
  • NY-3.OA.7a-7b
  • NY-3.OA.8
  • NY-3.NBT.3
  • NY-3.NBT.4a-4b
  • NY-4.OA.3
  • NY-4.OA.5
  • NY-4.NBT.1
  • NY-4.NBT.4
  • NY-5.OA.1
  • NY-5.OA.2
  • NY-5.NBT.1
  • NY-6.NS.2
  • NY-6.EE.2
  • NY-6.EE.5
  • NY-6.EE.6
  • NY-6.EE.7
  • NY-7.NS.3

Cost

Groups must book at least three weeks in advance.Cost

Call our Guest Services team for pricing information and booking demonstrations.