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
• $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
• $225 per session
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
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
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.
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.
In this activity, children will gain an appreciation and respect for the natural environment around them. They will interact with our desert landscape by searching and categorizing items found in nature and create a natural material masterpiece to take home.
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!
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.
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!
It’s Slime Time!
Get messy in this investigation into the world of preschool chemistry! We will learn about different textures and properties while making silly slippery science slimes and inventing scientific goo to take home.
Requirements: Requires access to sinks.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.