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.

All of our programs are aligned to both state standards and the Common Core, and are designed to educate, inspire and excite your students about science and technology.

For more information, please 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
  • Medtronic
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • Quality First!
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • SRP
  • Thunderbirds Charities
  • US Airways
  • W.L. Gore and Associates

In Your Classroom

Our in-depth, hands-on, in-your-classroom programs consist of grade-specific content catered to meet Arizona State Education Standards and the Common Core.
 
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    Arizona Rocks

    Grades 3 – 6
    30 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 Minutes
     

    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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    Body Works

    Grades 2 – 6
    30 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 minutes.
     

    Learn about the greatest machine in the world: the human body! Students will explore the digestive system through a hands-on experiment and also learn what components comprise blood.

    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
    30 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 minutes.
     

    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.

    Requirements: A room with electrical outlets and a whiteboard.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S5C3
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    Chemysteries

    Grades 2 – 6
    30 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 minutes.
     

    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
    30 students.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 45-60 minutes.
     

    Participants work in teams with building materials to create structures that introduce them to architectural and engineering principles.

    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
    30 students per session.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 Minutes
     

    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 background, Pre-Visit Activities and Post-Visit Activities.

    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
    30 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 minutes.
     

    Invention, design, and exploration adventure! Students will work together while designing and inventing functional gizmos and gadgets. Topics covered: simple machines, energy conservation, and/or forces.

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

    2-5
    30 students per session
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    Why should Arizonans be concerned about the ocean? Learn about the impacts humans have on the world's oceans. 1 to 3 sessions per day.

    Requirements: Access to a sink in the same room.

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    Operation Optics

    Grades 5 - 8
    30 students per session.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 Minutes
     

    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
    30 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 minutes.
     

    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 background, Pre-Lab Activities and Post-Lab Activities, Post-Visit Game Board, User Guide, Attack Rate Card, Food Cards, Location Pathogen Microbe Cards, and Symptom/Onset Cards

    Requirements: Requires an electrical outlet.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C3, S2C2
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    Planet Water

    Grades 4 - 8
    30 studets per session.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 Minutes
     

    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

    K-8
    30 students per session.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    Students will explore the concepts of gravity, motion, and energy while experimenting with marbles and tubes to design and test their own rollercoasters. 1-3 sessions per day

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    Soda Bottle Rocketry

    Grades 2 – 8
    30 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 90 minutes.
     

    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

    3-8
    30 students per session
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    From planets to stars and meteors to comets, learn about different objects in space with this hands-on experience. 1 to 3 sessions per day.

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    Stranded!  What to Eat?

    Grades 6 – 8
    30 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $175 per session
    Duration: 60 minutes.
     

    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.

    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. Our Assemblies and Workshops will inspire, educate, and entertain!
 
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    Good Vibes Assembly

    Grades K – 3
    90 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $200 per session.
    Duration: 45 minutes.
     

    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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    Medical Mystery Workshop

    Grades 1 – 5
    90 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $400 per session.
    Duration: 90 minutes.
     

    Become a doctor for the day! Students will meet their patients, collect clues, explore the human body, and use medical equipment at ten different stations - food, eyesight, bones, breath flow, skin, lice, temperature, teeth, heart rate, and urine. The doctors will then make diagnosis and solve the medical mystery.

    Requirements: Requires at least 10 volunteers, 12 tables, and a gymnasium/cafeteria-sized location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C2, S1C3, S1C4, S2C1
    AZ Health Education Standards: H1C1, H1C2, H1C3
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    Really Cool Science Assembly

    Grades 2 – 8
    90 students per session.
    1 to 3 sessions per day.
    Fee: $200 per session.
    Duration: 45 minutes.
     

    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.
 
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    Brain Games

    All Ages
    300 participants.
    Fee: $300 per session.
    Duration: 2 hours.
     

    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
  • Family Astronomy Night

    All Ages
    300 participants
    Fee: $300 per session for indoor, hands on activities. $500 per session includes indoor activities and outdoor sky viewing with telescopes.
    Duration: 2 hours
     

    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
    300 participants.
    Fee: $300 per session.
    Duration: 2 hours.
     

    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
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    Lift Off

    All Ages
    300 participants.
    Fee: $300 per session.
    Duration: 2 hours.
     

    Get ready for the flight of a lifetime. Enjoy fun interactive experiments that assist families in exploring physics in new ways. From Bernoulli’s Principle to our one-person hovercraft, this Festival guarantees fun and learning for the entire family.

    Requirements: Requires 6 adult volunteers, 5 tables, and a gym or similar-sized indoor location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S5C2
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    Mysteries of the Mouth

    All ages
    300 participants
    Fee: $300 per session (limited "no cost" sessions for Title I schools through Delta Dental sponsorship, some restrictions apply)
    Duration: 2 hours
     

    Mysteries of the Mouth focuses on preventative care and healthy habits for students and their families. Participants are engaged in 12 hands-on table top experiments/activities that will help them better understand the importance of oral health. Each participant will assemble with a Smile bag, which will include toothbrushes and other oral health tools, provided by Delta Dental.

    Requirements: Requires 10-12 adult volunteers, 10-12 tables, and a gym or similar-sized indoor location.

    AZ Science Academic Standards: S1C1PO1PO2PO3, S1C2PO1PO2PO3, S1C3PO1PO2, S4C2PO2, S5C1PO1PO2
    AZ Health Education Standards: H1C1PO1, H1C2PO1, H1C3PO1

Preschool

Little learners, big possibilities!

Inspire your young investigators with the fun and fascinating world of science! Arizona Science Center’s Science on Wheels program will visit your preschool with engaging, educational, hands-on learning experiences, aligned with the Arizona Early Learning Standards. Our 12 preschool outreach programs nurture curiosity and promote problem-solving, reasoning, vocabulary development, and other essential school-readiness skills.
 
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    3-2-1- Blastoff

    Ages 3-8
    20 students
    Fee: $150 per session.
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    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

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    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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    Chromatics: The Science of Color

    Ages 3 - 5
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    Soothing blue, vibrant yellow, rich crimson. We will explore primary and secondary hues in this ‘colorful’ preschool experience. Read along with Press Here and Mouse Paint, invent and mix our own color of paint, and understand the science of color in our everyday world.

    Requirements: Requires a sink.

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    Dino-mite!

    Ages 4 – 5
    30 students
    Fee: $150 per session.
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    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 Behind Crafting Ice Cream

    Ages 3 - 12
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    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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    Germs, Germs and Bookworms: The Guide to Healthy Hand-Washing

    Ages 3 – 5
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session.
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    How important is it to wash your hands? We will meet Betsy Bookworm and listen to the tale of how she got sick. We will look at germs on our hands under special scientific lights, play the germ fighter game, study with microscopes, and practice washing our hands the preventative way.

    Requirements: Requires access to sinks

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    It’s Slime Time!

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

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

    Requirements: Requires access to sinks

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    Natural Explorers

    Ages 3 - 5
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    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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    Please Don’t Stop the Music

    Ages 3 - 5
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 60 minutes
     

    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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    Sight Scientists: Investigating Light and Shadow

    Ages 3 - 5
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 60 minutes
     

    Introduce your preschool class to the fascinating characteristics of light and shadow. We will discover properties using overhead light projectors; compare and contrast the translucent, transparent, and opaque materials; and write in the air with light!

    Requirements: Requires access to an electric wall outlet.

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    We’ve Lost Our Marbles: Physics in Action

    Ages 3 - 5
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    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 the workshop.

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    Whirly, Twirly, Flying Things!

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $150 per session
    Duration: 1 hour
     

    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.