Science on Wheels

Get Inspired with Science on Wheels



Arizona Science Center’s Science on Wheels can visit your school or venue!
Through a variety of innovative programs, Science on Wheels sparks excitement in your students with programs ranging from large scale school assemblies and family festivals to intimate classroom experiences.

Our in-depth, hands-on, in-your-classroom programs consist of grade-specific content catered to meet Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards.


New programs this year!

Awesome Anatomy (available now)
Ecology Family Nights (available Spring 2016)
On the Go! (available September 2015)
Healthy Harvests (available November 2015)
Bugs and Blooms (available April 2016)
Constellation Exploration (available late May 2016)
Ocean Commotion (available June 2016)


Contact

Reservations Department
602-716-2000 ext: 227


Sponsor Acknowledgements

Arizona Science Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of Science on Wheels:
  • Central Arizona Project
  • Delta Dental Foundation of Arizona
  • Emerson Network Power
  • First Things First
  • Flagstaff Community Foundation
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • General Dynamics
  • Grace Bio-Labs
  • Helios
  • Honeywell
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • SRP
  • Thunderbirds Charities
  • US Airways
  • W.L. Gore and Associates
  • Applied Materials Foundation

In Your Classroom

Let us bring the science to your classroom! From the inner workings of our bodies to the edge of space, our Science on Wheels in-class lessons are developed to educate, inspire and engage your students.

60 minutes per session
Up to 30 participants per session
Standard Pricing (unless otherwise stated. Some classes have additional cost):

• 1st session: $225
• 2nd session: $175
• 3rd session: $150
• 4th session: $125 ($225 savings)


 
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    Arizona Rocks

    Grades 3–6
     

    Students will discover the differences between rocks and minerals, learn the significance of minerals in their lives, and identify and test a variety of Arizona minerals.

    Requirements: A room with a whiteboard.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1, S1C2, S1C4, S6C1, S6C2
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    Awesome Anatomy

    Various grades
     

    Up to 30 participants per session
    Duration: 90 minute or 60 minutes per session, depending on specimen

    Pricing:

    • Turtle Dissection: $345 (or additional $120/class) – students will work in groups of 4
    • Dogfish Shark Dissection: $345 (or additional $120/class) – students will work in groups of 4
    • Sheep Brain Dissection: $325 (or additional $100/class) – students will work in groups of 3
    • Frog Dissection: $325 (or additional $100/class) – students will work in groups of 3
    • Squid Dissection: $345 (or additional $120/class) – students will work in groups of 2
    • Cow Femur Dissection: $300 (or additional $75/class)– students will work in groups of 2

    Bring squishy science to your school by scheduling various dissections with Arizona Science Center.

    Our specialists will bring everything needed to deliver a dissection lesson to your students, all you need to do is pick a specimen and we’ll take care of the rest. Options include: cow femur, squid, frog, turtle, sheep brain, and dogfish shark.

    Requirements: Sessions must be scheduled at least one month in advance to ensure timely delivery of specimens. Requires a room with a sink and a white board is preferred.

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    Body Works

    Grades 2–4
     

    Learn about the greatest machine in the world: the human body! Through hands-on experimentation, students will take a trip through the digestive system and learn about all the different stops along the way.

    Requirements: A room with a sink.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S2C2, S4C1
    AZ Health Education Standards: H1C2, H1C3
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    Charged Up

    Grades 4–8
     

    Participants discover the basic principles of electricity through the use of energy balls, the Van de Graaff generator, and hands-on challenges with insulators and conductors, and circuit boards. Special Requirements: A room with electrical outlets and a whiteboard.

    Requirements: A room with electrical outlets and a whiteboard.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S5C3
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    Chemysteries

    Grades 2–6
     

    Students encounter fundamental chemical principles as they investigate the mysterious changes that occur when various solids, liquids, and gases are combined.

    Requirements: Requires a room with a sink.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1, S5C1
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    Constructioneering

    Grades K–2
     

    Learn about engineering, math, and architecture by designing structures that introduce us to principles of building such as following directions and persisting through challenges, defining tools and materials, and collaborating in groups.

    Requirements: Requires a gym or similar-sized indoor location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1, S1C2, S2C1, S5C1, S5C2
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    Disease Detectives

    Grades 6–8
     

    Students will discover how many millions of signals their bodies give off every day, and how scientists are using those signals to build a new form of nano-medicine called “lab-on-a-chip” that could be used in the near future to diagnose and detect illnesses in patients before symptoms ever appear.

    Students will even get the chance to use their very own “lab-on-a-chip” to test and diagnose a patient and experience how useful this tiny technology will be in the future.

    Download the About Disease Detectives, Pre-Lab Activities , Post-Lab Activities and Standards.

    This program is also sponsored by Grace Bio-Labs.

    Requirements: Requires a room with a sink and a whiteboard.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C3, S2C2
    AZ Health Education Standards: H1C1, H1C2
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    I.D.E.A.

    Grades 3–8
     

    Invention, design, and exploration adventure! Students will work together to design a ramp that will slow down a bouncy ball as it rolls to the end. They will carry out the Engineering Design Process, and through hands-on discovery, understand concepts like simple machines, energy transfer and conservation, and forces.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1, S1C2, S2C2, S5C1, S5C2
    AZ Health Education Standards: MP1, MP3, MP5
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    Ocean Acidification

    Grades 2–5
     

    Why should Arizonans be concerned about the ocean? Learn about the impacts humans have on the world's oceans, and how the ocean’s chemistry is changing. Artistic techniques will be incorporated in this lesson as students explore concepts in acid-base chemistry.

    Requirements: Access to a sink in the same room.

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    Operation Optics

    Grades 5–8
     

    Learn all about the most important tools used for observation: your eyes! Students will discuss the basic anatomy of the eye and investigate how different parts of the eye function. They will then become junior biologists and participate in the dissection of cows’ eyes with real lab utensils.

    Requirements: Requires a room with a sink and the ability to turn off all lights.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C2, S4C1, S4C3
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    Patient Profilers

    Grades 6–8
     

    Students will conduct fun hands-on science investigations to learn about human biochemistry, technology, and how essential organizing and interpreting data is in science as they explore how a technique called “expression profiling” on a microarray chip can help scientists study cells, organize data, and prescribe medications for illnesses.

    Download the About Patient Profilers, Pre-Lab Activities, Post-Lab Activities, and Standards

    Lurking Lunch Game Board , Culprit-Food Cards, Test-Location-Pathogen Cards , Files-Pad-Envelope , Player Guide and Facilitator Guide.

    Requirements: Requires an electrical outlet.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C3, S2C2
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    Planet Water

    Grades 4–8
     

    Dive in as we explore the science behind one of the coolest chemicals on the planet: WATER! Students will learn about the quantity and quality of water while discovering the answers to questions like “Where does the water at my house come from?” and “How much water is there on the planet?” from start to finish, this program is sure to make a splash in your classroom!

    Requirements: Requires a room with a sink.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S3C1, S3C2, S4C1, S4C3, S6C1, S6C3
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    Rollercoasters

    Grades K–8
     

    Students will explore the concepts of gravity, motion, and energy while experimenting with marbles and tubes to design and test their own rollercoasters.

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    Soda Bottle Rocketry

    Grades 2–8
     

    Using plastic bottles, water, and compressed air, students learn about aerodynamics as they design, test, modify, and launch rockets to altitudes of 100 feet and higher. Available September through May.

    Requirements: Requires a sink, an indoor location and a 50 ft. x 100 ft. outdoor location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1, S1C2, S2C1, S5C1, S5C2
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    Space Science

    Grades 3–8
     

    From planets to stars and meteors to comets, learn about different objects in space with this hands-on experience. Watch as we make comets before your eyes, join us as we explore our weights on different planets, and make a moon phase viewer!

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    Stomp Rockets

    Grades K–8
     

    Using the Engineering Design Process, participants will learn about the laws of physics as they design a rocket that soars across the air! Stomp Rockets is available year round.

    Requirements: Large indoor space, such as a gym or a cafeteria.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: NextGen Science Standards:
    K-PS2-2, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-3,
    3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3,
    MS-ETS1-1MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-PS2-2, MS-ETS1-4
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    Stranded!  What to Eat?

    Grades 6–8
     

    In order to survive, our bodies need specific chemicals - chemicals which give us energy to think, move, grow and live! Hands-on chemistry experiments teach students about human biochemistry and what essential macromolecules our bodies require to function as they explore the science of food as a supplier of energy.

    Download the About Stranded, Pre-Lab Activities, Post-Lab Activities and Standards.

    Requirements: Requires a sink.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S4C1, S5C1
    AZ Health Education Standards: H1C3


    Download Pre-Visit PDF

Assemblies / Workshops

Our Assembly and Workshop Programs are ideal for large audiences and will inspire, educate, and entertain!

45 minutes per session
Up to 90 participants

Standard Pricing (unless otherwise stated)
• $300 1st session
• $175 2nd-4th session ($375 savings)
 
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    Good Vibes Assembly

    Grades K–3
     

    Students are entertained as they learn some “sound” science principles. Various musical instruments and household objects will be used to demonstrate sound waves, frequency, and pitch.

    Requirements: Requires a gym or similar-sized indoor location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S5C1, S5C3
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    Mix It Up! Assembly

    Grades 2–5
     

    We mix it up with this exciting assembly where students will observe crazy, colorful experiments to understand the world of chemistry. They won't believe it's not magic!

    Requirements: Requires a gym or similar-sized indoor location and access to a sink.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1PO1, S1C1PO2, S5C1PO1, S5C1PO2, S5C1PO4, S5C1PO3
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    Really Cool Science Assembly

    Grades 2–8
     

    Take a cool break from the Arizona heat and learn the amazing things that happen to solids, liquids, and gases when they are introduced to temperatures approaching –320°F.

    Requirements: Requires a gym or similar-sized indoor location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S5C1

Family Festivals / Science Nights

Family Festivals/ Science Nights are two-hour-long sessions that are ideal for audiences of any age! They consist of hands-on exciting table-top activities that allow students and families to explore and learn at their own pace! Our Family Festivals, while available during school hours, are designed for evening events or as an addition to your school’s science night.

Up to 2 hours
Up to 300 participants

Standard Pricing (unless otherwise stated)
• $400 for first 2 hours
• $100 each additional hour
• $300 additional for telescopes and planetarium staff for Astronomy Night
Special Pricing for multiple programs

Book four 2-hour Family Nights (one per quarter) throughout same school year for one price of $1300 ($300 savings)!
 
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    Brain Games

    All Ages
     

    Put your brain to use. Explore hands-on activities and puzzles that focus on different parts of your brain.

    Requirements: Requires 8 adult volunteers, 9 tables, and a gym or similar-sized indoor location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C3PO1, S1C1PO1, S1C3PO1, S1C1PO2, S1C3PO1, S1C3PO1, S1C3PO2, S1C3PO1, S1C3PO1, S1C3PO4
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    Ecology Family Night (available Spring 2016)

    All Ages
     

    Get to know the ecology that surrounds you in various hands-on activities aimed to raise awareness about our environment and its inhabitants. Learn what it’s like to see like a bee, plant a pollinator garden, learn about various animal adaptations by examining various animal skulls, and much more!

    Requirements: Requires 8 adult volunteers, 10 large tables, a gym or similar-sized indoor location, and possible access to electrical outlets.

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    Family Astronomy Night

    All Ages
     

    Explore space with hands-on activities to learn all about the planets, stars, gravity, and even being an astronaut!

    Requirements: Requires 5-6 adult volunteers, 5-6 large tables, a gym or similar-sized indoor location, and access to two electrical outlets. For sky viewing, an outdoor space clear of trees and other obstructions.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1, S1C2, S1C3, S1C4, S2C1, S5C1, S5C2, S6C2, S6C3
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    Family Engineering

    All Ages
     

    Family Engineering increases public understanding and appreciation of the role engineering plays in everyday life. It promotes creative problem solving, teamwork, and communication, as well as introduces families to the variety of exciting careers available in engineering.

    Requirements: Requires 8 adult volunteers, 9 tables, and a gym or similar-sized indoor location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1, S1C2, S1C3, S1C4, S3C2

Preschool

Little learners, big possibilities!

Arizona Science Center's Science on Wheels can visit your preschool site! We bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) experiences that are aligned with Developmentally Appropriate Practice, National Association for the Education of Young Children recommendations for high quality programs, Arizona Early Learning Standards, and Teaching Strategies GOLD.

Our child-centered programs provide opportunities for children to deepen their learning connections, practice higher order thinking skills, and build their knowledge about the world around them. Our programs can also support school-ready skills such as problem-solving, communication, persistence, and confidence.

60 minutes per session
Up to 25 children

Preschool Science on Wheels

Pricing:
• $175 1st session
• $150 2nd-4th session (Same topic, same date to receive discount pricing for sessions 2-4)

Preschool Family Programs

Includes a unique Take-Out Science Kit with tools and activities for families to try at home!

60 minutes per session Up to 20 children with caregiver

Pricing: • $225 per session
 
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    3-2-1 Blastoff


     

    We are going to have a blast! Using a rich scientific vocabulary, we will design, build, and blast off our own rockets using a specially engineered launch pad!

    Requirements: Requires an outside location of at least 50 ft. x 100 ft. Available between September and May

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    Bubble-ology


     

    Let’s get popping! Explore the scientific thinking process using bubbles. We will observe the attributes and actions of bubbles, test unique bubble wands, and create gigantic bubbles large enough to fit a child inside!

    Requirements: Requires access to a sink. Available between September and May

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    Bugs and Blooms (available April 2016)


     

    The relationship between bugs and blooms is an important one for all life on Earth. Children will observe similarities and differences between various insects in our insect collection and learn their importance for pollination of the many plants that surround us. They will then get to create their own germinator pouch and biodegradable planter to take home.

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    Constellation Exploration (available late May 2016)


     

    Join us as we go on a journey through space and learn about the many stars that surround us in the night’s sky. Children will learn about some of the most famous legends that make up the constellations we have come to know and love.

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    Desert Explorers


     

    Imagine a world where every human respects and values the environment. We will interact with and find a new appreciation for Arizona's desert landscape as we read Not a Stick, categorize found items, and create a natural material masterpiece to take home.

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    Dino-mite!


     

    Explore paleontology as we transform into dinosaur detectives! We will study Arizonan fossils, excavate dinosaur eggs, and investigate the fossils inside. Learn about dino poop and piece together these pieces from the past!

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    Freeze: The Science of Ice Cream


     

    Using mathematics, we will become immersed in the science of ice cream making. We compare and contrast solids and liquids, mix ingredients, use a scientific freezing method, and explore the textures and tastes of our inventions. Science is as delectable as it is educational!

    Requirements: Requires a sink.

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    Healthy Harvests (available November 2015)


     

    In this activity, children will learn the importance of farming and harvesting food locally, and will be introduced to making healthy eating choices. Even the desert can be quite delicious!

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    It’s Slime Time!


     

    Get messy in this investigation into the world of preschool chemistry! We will learn about different properties making silly slippery science slimes, explore a humongous slimy eruption, and invent scientific goo to take home.

    Requirements: Requires access to sinks.

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    Light Bright: Investigating Light and Shadow


     

    Introduce your preschool class to the fascinating characteristics of light and shadow as we spark our curiosity. We will discover properties at several unique light stations; use math skills to compare and contrast translucent, transparent, and opaque materials; and write in the air with light!

    Requirements: Requires access to an electric wall outlet.

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    Ocean Commotion (available June 2016)


     

    Let Arizona Science Center bring the ocean to you! We’ll dive right in with a hands-on, sensory exploration of these large bodies of water. Children will explore the movement, sounds, and critters of the ocean.

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    On the Go! (available September 2015)


     

    Children will explore the physics of transportation, and experiment with different vehicles of movement. We will even bring out our custom-designed Maglev track and explore how magnetism may change the future of transportation!

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    Please Don’t Stop the Music


     

    Music and movement is a very important part of a preschooler’s developing body. We investigate many diverse instruments, learn how to create a beat and rhythm using unique supplies, and create our own instruments to take home. Please, don’t stop the music!

    Requirements: Requires access to an electric wall outlet

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    We’ve Lost Our Marbles: Physics in Action


     

    We will explore the scientific relationship between gravity, force and motion in this hands-on physics experiment. We will engineer ramps, create theories about movement, test them in action, and make marbles to take home!

    Requirements: There are no requirements for this workshop.

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    Whirly, Twirly, Flying Things!


     

    Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, we will design and test whirly birds, learn how to create soaring paper helicopters, and experiment with parachutes in this gravity-defying class! Children will take home their engineered creations.