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.

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
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • 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.

60 minutes per session
Up to 30 students
Same date, same topic
• $225 1st session
• $175 2nd session
• $150 3rd session
• $125 4th session ($225 savings)


 
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    Arizona Rocks

    Grades 3 – 6
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    •$150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    •$150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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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    Stomp Rockets

    K- 8
    .Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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 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
    Up to 30 students
    Fee: • $225 1st session
    • $175 2nd session
    • $150 3rd session
    • $125 4th session ($225 savings)
    Duration: 60 minutes per session
     

    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. Our Assemblies and Workshops will inspire, educate, and entertain!

45 minutes per session
Up to 90 participants
Same date, same topic
• $300 1st session
• $175 2nd-4th session ($375 savings)


 
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    Good Vibes Assembly

    Grades K – 3
    Up to 90 participants
    Fee: • $300 1st session
    • $175 2nd-4th session ($375 savings)
    Duration: 45 minutes per session
     

    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
    Up to 90 participants
    Fee: • $300 1st session
    • $175 2nd-4th session ($375 savings)
    Duration: 45 minutes per session
     

    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
    . Up to 90 participants
    Fee: • $300 1st session
    • $175 2nd-4th session ($375 savings)
    Duration: 45 minutes per session
     

    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
• $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 4 Family Nights (one per quarter) throughout same school year for one price of $1300 ($300 savings)


 
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    Brain Games

    All Ages
    Up to 300 participants
    Fee: • $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 4 Family Nights (one per quarter) throughout same school year for one price of $1300 ($300 savings)
    Duration: Up to 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
    Up to 300 participants
    Fee: • $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 4 Family Nights (one per quarter) throughout same school year for one price of $1300 ($300 savings)
    Duration: Up to 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
    Up to 300 participants
    Fee: • $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 4 Family Nights (one per quarter) throughout same school year for one price of $1300 ($300 savings)
    Duration: Up to 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

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.

PRESCHOOL SCIENCE ON WHEELS

60 minutes per session
Up to 25 children, ages 3-8
Same date, same topic
• $175 1st session
• $150 2nd-4th session

PRESCHOOL FAMILY PROGRAMS

60 minutes per session
Up to 20 children (ages 3-8) with caregiver
Same date, same topic
• $225 per session
• Includes a unique Take-Out Science Kit with tools and activities for families to try at home!


 
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    3-2-1- Blastoff

    Ages 4 - 8
    25 children
    Fee: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth session
    Duration: 60 minutes
     

    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: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth 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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    Desert Explorers

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth 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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    Dino-mite!

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth 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 of Ice Cream

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth 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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    It’s Slime Time!

    Ages 4 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth 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 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

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth session
    Duration: 60 minutes
     

    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.!

    Requirements: Requires access to an electric wall outlet.

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    Please Don’t Stop the Music

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth 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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    We’ve Lost Our Marbles: Physics in Action

    Ages 3 - 8
    25 students
    Fee: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth 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: $175 first session
    $150 second - fourth 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.