Our Science in the Centre program provides curriculum-connected workshops in a hands-on, minds-on learning environment that gives students the confidence to take part in class discussions and feel accomplished and inspired to further their own learning.
Science in the Centre
Once Upon a Worm
Once Upon a Worm covers topics on the senses and living/non-living things. Appropriate for grade primary, grade 1 or 2 this workshop is tiered to student learning objectives and abilities. Guided by our Science Educators, students in small groups observe and, if comfortable, handle our live Red Wiggler worms.
Science Primary- Explore Living Things
Science 1- Life Science: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
Science 2 - Life Science: Animal Growth and Changes
We’re Wheely Moving
Explore the natural forces of motion teamed with a simple machine essential for rolling. We’re Wheely Moving challenges students to work as a group to complete two engineering tasks. This workshop about relative motion encourages students to think about design and purpose.
Science 2 - Physical Science: Motion
Science 3 - Physical Science: Materials and Structures and Invisible Forces
Bridging the Gap
Students explore the art and science of architecture by learning about four types of bridges. The students work in teams to construct an arch bridge, determine what factors can result in structure failure, and complete an engineering challenge to see which team’s bridge can support the most weight.
Science 3 - Physical Science: Materials and Structures
Float the Boat
Raise your sails and explore water displacement and Nova Scotia’s rich heritage of shipbuilding. Grade 3 Bluenosers’ race to complete engineering and design challenges. Is your boat built for speed or built to haul and, most importantly built to float?
Science 3 - Physical Science: Materials and Structures
No Strings Attached
Invisible forces are all around us. Students learn what causes these pushes and pulls. Magnets are used to explore polarity and our Van de Graaff generator provides students with a shocking static electricity experience.
Science 3 - Physical Science: Invisible Forces
Sounds of Science
Make some noise exploring the science of sound during. Using everything from Slinkys to tuning forks to resonating bowls, students will learn how sounds travel as waves and are affected by different materials. Through hands-on, ears-on activities, students will learn to identify the transmitter, medium, and receiver needed to make a sound.
Science 4 - Sound
Facts of Light
This workshop introduces the visible light spectrum, as well as the speed and properties of light. Each “fact of light” is paired with hands-on experiments to prove science can brighten up your day!
Science 4 - Physical Science: Light
Grades 4 & 7
Cast the Past
Prepare to travel through time by revealing the hidden secrets of the past with the discovery of fossils. Learn the process of fossilization and the role weathering and erosion plays in mineralization. Students will make their own casts of real fossils to take home.
Science 4 - Earth and Space Science: Rocks, Minerals, and Erosion
Grade 7 - Earth and Space Science: Earth’s Crust
Solve a gardening challenge using simple machines! After our Science Educator introduces the many types of simple machines we use every day, students will put them to work, building a gardening plot and planting a crop.
Science 5 - Physical Science: Forces and Simple Machines
Capture the Wind
Put weather to work by capturing the wind in this building and designing workshop. Learn about the inner workings of wind turbines and use your knowledge of forces to engineer and test blades that will drive a real electric generator. Groups will then explore how wind power is used in transportation, creating and racing sail cars built with recycled materials.
Science 5 - Physical Science: Forces and Simple Machines Earth and Space Science: Weather
Grades 5 & 8
Join one of our educators for a visceral guided tour of the digestive tract and your breakfast’s journey through it. This 45-minute interactive show gets everyone participating in following food from the beginning to the very end of the digestive system.
Science 5 - Healthy Body
Grade 8- Life Science: Cells, Tissues, Organs, and Systems
Explore current static electricity in this jam-packed 1-hour workshop. Groups of students are challenged to hook up simple, series and parallel circuits on our circuit boards. Students get an up-close look at how positive static electricity can be with the Van de Graaff.
Science 6 - Physical Science: Electricity
Why can planes go up, up, and away? Achieving human flight was a trial and error process—and we will walk through it all. Individually, students follow the scientific method, drawing conclusions about craft design based on the forces of flight.
Science 6 - Flight
Take your tech education to the moon with customized LEGO® Mindstorms. This workshop exposes students to simple coding and engineering concepts behind planetary exploration, programming and calibrating their own rovers. Groups will release their bots on a simulated lunar surface, carefully navigating around obstacles to collect moon rocks.
90-minute; specialty workshop.
Science 6 - Space
Grade 10-12 - Science, Technology, Society, and the Environment (STSE)
Grade 7-9 - Appreciation of Science: Technology
The Heat of the Moment
Things heat up in this workshop, which covers the three ways heat is transferred. Student groups are on a mission to battle heat loss and construct the most efficient home. Houses are tested with an infrared camera and design efforts are compared.
Grade 7 - Physical Science: Heat
Grades 7 & 8
Exploring the Deep
Using highly intuitive hands-on components and real-world examples from Nova Scotia’s offshore industry, students will explore the science driving coastal energy exploration in our complex ocean ecosystems.
Science 7/8: Earth and Space Science
All Cell the Ends Cell
Students will go microscopic as they learn about the differences between a plant cell and an animal cell. The workshop also teaches students how to prepare slides of plant and animal cell specimens to observe under the microscope and identify different cell structures.
Grade 8 - Life Science: Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems
Grades 8, 11 & 12
Shine up your lens and get your eyes ready for interactive group experiments focusing on the properties of visible light. Dissect a real cow eye and scope out light’s interaction with eyes, and the role it plays in evolution. Tiered for grade 8 or biology students.
1-hour; must book 3-weeks in advance
Grade 8 - Physical Science: Optics
Grade 11 - Biology: Biodiversity
Grade 12 - Biology: Evolution, change and diversity
Immersive Dome Theatre Experience
To Every Season
|Patterns & relations, sequencing
The effects that daily and seasonal changes have on the environment and living things
|Students will investigate the positions of objects relative to other objects in terms of patterns of movement.|
|Demonstrate how Earth’s rotation relates to the cycle of the day and night
Demonstrate how Earth’s revolutions relate to the cycle of seasons
Examine how various cultures have interpreted the stars and constellations, including Acadians, African Nova Scotians, Gaels, and Mi’kmaq
Beyond the Solar System
|Describe theories on the formation of the solar system (312-1)
Describe and classify the major components of the universe: – nebulae – galaxies – giant stars – dwarf stars – quasars – black holes (312-2)
Calculate the travel time to a distant star at a given speed: – define and explain a light year (210-9)
Explain how data provided by technologies contribute to our knowledge of the universe (109-3)
School trips and Education program rates policy:
- Teachers and chaperones attending a school trip are admission free, includes attending any programs and shows.
- Payment is due the date of your visit and can be made via cash, credit, debit or check made payable to the Discovery Centre.
- For cancellations, a $50 administrative fee for visits cancelled less than 48 hours notice, with no potential for rebooking.
- Memberships are not valid for school programs and fieldtrips.
To book Science in the Centre, contact:
Steve Thurbide, Manager of Science Education
Please provide the following details with your request:
- School name, Address, Contact Name, Email and Phone number.
- Please include your desired workshop(s), and the number of classes/students.
- Arrival and departure times you would prefer.