Blue Crew at Arizona Science Center 

Blue Crew team members are stationed throughout every gallery in the Center, encouraging guests to experiment and explore, and leading hands-on activities.

The addition of the Blue Crew creates a new layer of accessibility for guests, with:

  • Live demonstrations
  • Tabletop activities
  • On-the-spot question and answer sessions
  • Free interactive science labs 
  • Free tours for members from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

Become a Blue Crew Member Today! 

The Genius Theater, located in the W.O.N.D.E.R. Center, highlights the power, creativity, sheer innovative capacity of the human brain. Explore your mind’s exceptional ability, people who used theirs well (better known as geniuses), and current research in the field of neuroscience, including some surprising applications!

 

Daily Presentation Schedule:

Featured Genius Presentation: Nikola Tesla

10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Outstanding men and women throughout time have brought forth inventions, art, and ideas that have changed the way we understand and interact with the world around us. As one of the world’s leading geniuses, Nikola Tesla is one of those people. One-hundred and fifty years later, his inventions impact our everyday lives. Experience one of Tesla’s more notable inventions, the Tesla Coil, a high-voltage transformer circuit that will make sparks fly. You'll learn how this futurist sought to change the world through his unique ideas.

 

The Electric Brain

1:30 p.m.

Does the Luke Skywalker-style robot arm exist? Can you control someone else with your mind? Find out in this live, interactive demonstration for all ages in which we’ll explore cutting-edge neuroscience. Learn about the known structure of the brain and neurons, and how electricity is the essential medium for how the brain communicates.

Seating is limited. First come, first served. Line up approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled show time.

 

Hands-On Science Labs

Saturday and Sunday* | 11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m.

Participate in a different hands-on science workshop each month with a member of the Blue Crew, our team of science interpreters!

Located in the Body Depot on Level 1.  Free to participate. Space is limited, arrive early. Pre-registration required. Sign up at Ticket Counters when checking in to the Center. *Some lab experiences have additional costs.

February 2019 | Heart Healthy Heart Dissection

Get pumped up about the science of the human body! Learn about that very special organ that keeps your blood pumping – your heart. Dissect a sheep heart during this weekend lab! Additional Fee: $5

March 2019 | MindUP Lab

Explore the MindUP™ brain through a fun and interactive group lab experience. Learn more about how our amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex work while you interact with hands-on lab activities, games, and more.

April 2019 | Flower Dissection

Spring into this lab! Dissect a flower to learn its parts and their functions.

May 2019 | Dig It!

Adventure awaits as we dive into fun activities to learn about mummies. Participants will learn about the field of archaeology as they reconstruct past cultures based on their findings at different “dig sites.”

June 2019 | Oil Spill Clean Up

Become an environmental crusader. Learn about the ocean and the different ways we clean oil spills. See if you can discover the best method for keeping our oceans safe.

July 2019 | Build a Battery

Get charged up for this hands-on lab as we build a battery from scratch!

August 2019 | Dig It!

Adventure awaits as we dive into fun activities to learn about mummies. Participants will learn about the field of archaeology as they reconstruct past cultures based on their findings at different “dig sites.”

September 2019 | Owl Pellet Dissection

Help us solve the mystery of the owl by piecing together clues left behind in its pellets! Learn some surprising owl facts and see if you can determine what the owl ate for dinner by identifying the types of bones found in the owl pellets. Additional Fee: $3

October 2019 | Zombie MD

Learn how scientists and epidemiologists track the spread of disease through populations. Can you track down Patient Zero before the zombie infection spreads?

November 2019 | Bitty Bots

Calling all future computer scientists! Learn a new language – the language of computers. Get an overview of computer coding and learn to "speak" and "think" like a computer.