Science Activities for the Whole Family

Explore the innovation process and learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each activity includes a step-by-step guide and our expert staff is always on hand to help - no prior knowledge required! Science Studio is included in the cost of admission and activities change regularly.

Your health and safety is our top priority at this time. We've adapted our Science Studio activities to allow for social distancing and increased cleaning of surfaces between use. For more information on all of the ways we're keeping our visitors and staff safe, see our complete COVID-19 Guidelines and Preparedness Plan.

SCIENCE STUDIO ACTIVITIES

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

BIOLOGY

Biology is a part of science that studies life and living organisms. Cells, genes, inheritance, microorganisms, plants, animals, and the human body are all different segments of biology. Look alive because March Science Studios is coming in hot!

Activities

Flex Your Muscles: Any time you lift something up, wave your hands in the air or jump over a puddle, you are flexing and relaxing your muscles. Muscles provide the tug on your bones needed to bend, straighten, and support joints. Assemble your own flexible finger using the template and string. Try not to get bent out of shape!

X-ray Vision: X-rays are special pictures of the inside of your body. A doctor will decide when you need an X-ray and what body part needs to be X-rayed. Using your best scientific judgment, see if you can locate problems in real x-rays using a doctor’s lightbox.

Blood Centrifuge: While it may look simple, your blood is actually comprised of multiple substances- blood cells and plasma. Scientists can spin vials of blood around really fast to separate those things, making it easier to diagnose potential problems in your bloodstream. Try your hand at spinning your own (fake) blood and see what the results indicate.

Butterfly DNA: How do some traits get passed down to offspring, but others do not? The answer is because of something called genetics. Genetics is the study of how things get passed down from generation to generation (it’s even in the word- gene!). Roll the dice and see what combinations you are able to pass down to the next generation of butterflies.


March Science Studio Dates:

  • Saturday, March 6
  • Sunday, March 7
  • Saturday, March 13
  • Sunday, March 14
  • Saturday, March 20
  • Sunday, March 21
  • Saturday, March 27
  • Sunday, March 28
  • Monday, March 29
  • Tuesday, March 30
  • Wednesday, March 31

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

BIRD'S THE WORD

Spring is for the Birds!
The winter of our discontent is finally coming to a close, and who better to announce the coming of Spring than boisterous birds? Here in Minnesota, we live right along the Mississippi Flyway- a bird migration route that generally follows the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio River right down the middle of the United States and Canada. This means that Minnesota is a perfect place to watch and interact with birds. Activate your Bird Brain for this month’s Science Studio!

Activities

Bird Beak Evolution: Birds can look and behave drastically differently based on the environment in which they live. Some birds can swim but not fly. Other birds spend nearly their whole lives soaring through the air, rarely touching the ground. This applies to bird diets; the food available to a bird will significantly influence how they evolve to consume it. Create your bird beaks to see which works best for each type of food.

ID on the fly: Although the outdoors in Spring can be positively raucous with bird chatter, you might not see the birds causing this commotion. Birds are tiny and fast, and you have to keep your eyes peeled to spot a silhouette to identify in your bird book. A ‘silhouette’ is an outline or shadow of something. Can you identify the birds on the wall based on your guide?

The Canada Goose is Loose: If you hear honking this time of year and it’s NOT a car, there’s a good chance it’s a Canada Goose. These noisy birds are indigenous to North America and can weigh over 20 pounds! They are often the last birds to migrate south and can be seen flocking back as the ice melts in Spring. Cut out, color, and display your paper Canada Goose today.

Flaunt Your Feathers: One of the best parts of Spring is seeing all the different colored birds flying around parks and neighborhoods. Some birds are brown and grey, while others are brightly-colored to attract a mate. Colorful birds are much easier for brown and grey female birds to find, as they stick out amongst the dull understory. Create your bird mask in Science Studios to match the season. Make it as bright and colorful as possible!

Bird Bones: Did you know that a bird’s bones are hollow? It might seem like that would make them fragile, but these bones provide a solid and light frame for the flight! See how much weight your ‘bird bones’ can carry. Can you think of any interesting uses for this trait in the world of engineering?


April Dates

  • Thursday, April 1
  • Friday, April 2
  • Saturday, April 3
  • Sunday, April 4
  • Tuesday, April 6
  • Wednesday, April 7
  • Thursday, April 8
  • Friday, April 9
  • Saturday, April 10
  • Sunday, April 11
  • Saturday, April 17
  • Sunday, April 18
  • Saturday, April 24
  • Sunday, April 25
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