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Science on the Road

Discover how our award-winning Science on the Road program can make a difference in your classroom. No matter where you are in Nova Scotia, our trained and talented educators will make learning fun through hands-on experiences tailored to all grades. All workshops are between 30-60 minutes in length, curriculum-connected, and informative, inspiring and interactive. A maximum limit of 30 students per session is required.

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PP-Primary

Ramp It Up!

What factors improve an object’s ability to roll or slide? Engage your whole class in this 30-minute workshop exploring friction and motion. Students will build, test and design their own ramps, while comparing and contrasting different materials and learning the factors that influence how objects roll and slide.

30-minutes

Science Primary: Explore Objects and Materials

Grade 1

Storm Structures

Students learn the needs and characteristics of living things by focusing on homes. Given a variety of materials, groups are challenged to work together to design and construct homes that will weather an oncoming storm, keeping inhabitants safe, dry, and happy. This fun and fast-paced 45-minute workshop brings creativity, innovation and critical thinking to life.

45-minutes

Science 1: Materials and Structures

Grade 2-3

We’re Wheely Moving

How can we make something move? What simple machines are essential for rolling and how do they work? We’re Wheely Moving challenges students to work as a group to complete two engineering tasks in the 45-minute session. This workshop about relative motion has students thinking about design and purpose.

45-minutes

Science 2 - Physical Science: Motion

Science 3 - Physical Science: Materials and Structures and Invisible Forces

Grade 3

May the Forces be With You!

Invisible forces are all around us. In this 1-hour workshop, students learn what causes these pushes and pulls. Magnets are used to explore polarity and static electricity is also explored as our Van der Graaff generator provides students with a shocking experience.

1-hour

Science 3: Invisible Forces

Grade 3

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.

 

45-minutes

Science 3 - Physical Science: Materials and Structures

Grade 4

Geology Rocks!

The rock cycle, 3 main rocks categories, and the many uses of rocks and minerals come to life in this 1-hour workshop.  Students use real rock samples as they undergo investigations and gain insights into the Earth and it’s abundance of rocks

1-hour

Science 4: Rocks, minerals and erosion

Grade 4

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!

1-hour

Science 4 - Physical Science: Light

Grade 5

Slimy Science

Be prepared to get slimed as we explore the properties of matter. Students get messy as they conduct experiments on physical and chemical changes to matter. This 1-hour workshop has a fun take home for students.

1-hour

Science 5: Chemical and Physical Properties

Grade 5

Fast and Furious Forces

Discover the difference between direct and indirect forces with our new hands-on, wheels-on workshop! Through a series of challenges, students will work as a team to explore how forces affect the motion of simple machines. Design a sail car and get ready to test it against gravity, wind, and friction!

1-hour

Science 5: Forces, Simple Machines, and Friction

Grade 6

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.

1-hour

Science 6: Energy and Weather

Grade 6

Electric Odyssey

Explore current and 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.

1-hour

Science 6: Electricity

Grade 7

Exploring the Deep: Rocks

In this game, each team will use a set of rocks and minerals, with each question in the game corresponding to one of the materials. Students must answer questions like name, composition, type, use or do an experiment with it.

45-minutes

Grade 7: Earth’s Crust

Grade 7

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.

1-hour Efficiency NS

Grade 7 - Physical Science: Heat

Grade 8-12

Tide to Technology

Tide to Technology provides students with an introduction to ocean sciences and technology-related careers in Nova Scotia and across the world. Circulating through interactive and informative hands-on stations, students explore marine geomatics, ROVs, marine acoustics, and ocean technology-related careers through trivia. Limited number of sessions available per school.

1-hour

This workshop is offered for free
thanks to our generous sponsors:

Grade 8-12: Water Systems & STSE

Grade 7

Biomimicry

Students will be guided by the Mi’kmaq teaching of Netukulimk to complete a design challenge. We’ll look to nature for inspiration as we try and come up with solutions to current environmental issues, build models of our designs, and examine some amazing examples of nature-based technologies.

1-hour

Grade 7: Interactions Within Ecosystems
Grade 7: Interconnectedness of living things and the environment, in relation to the concept of netukulimk

NEW! Boom, Blaze, Blast OFF!

Whole School Demo

Astonish your next assembly with invisible forces, flashes of fire, and a pressure-fueled finale! We’ll explore the amazing power of air pressure through vacuums that pull and crush, metal pipes that sing, and spinning fire tornados. With help from the audience, we will bring the science behind these phenomena to life and combine new concepts in a final experiment that’s sure to launch excitement! 

45-minutes

Colourful Chemistry

Whole School Demo

Learn about the brilliance of chemistry as we explore pH indicators, how fireworks get their colours, and the magic of combustion. We’ll create our own lava lamp while learning the basics of solubility, density, and effervescence, and end the show with a sudsy pop of colour that’s sure to elicit a crowd-pleasing reaction.

45-minutes

Abrakazam

Whole School Demo

“How did that happen?” This presentation is full of the spellbinding experiments, with results that will defy student expectations.  Disappearing water, “Invisible Glue”, burning money, and so much more!  Designed to get large audiences interested in the science behind magic, and the magic behind science

45-minutes

Above And Beyond

Portable Digital Planetarium

Be amazed by our NEW portable digital planetarium as it displays realistic images of the cosmos. Stare into distant galaxies, marvel at the Milky Way, and be entertained by constellations and planets like never before. This Science Educator-led presentation can engage all ages, from pre-primary students to members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, with content tiered to curriculum and group interests. Availability starting in 2020.

30-minutes

Stories of the Night Sky

Portable Digital Planetarium

Stories of the Night Sky is an astronomical adventure that integrates traditional Mi’kmaq teachings with current cosmological understanding. Taking place in our Portable Digital Planetarium, students will be immersed in the story of Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters which takes place over the night sky and across seasons. 

30-minutes

The Discovery Centre would like to recognize the generous support of:

Stelia logo 150150

for the SOTR programming in
South Shore, Nova Scotia

Dr. and Mrs. H.E. Christie
Community Foundation
for the SOTR programming in
Amherst, Nova Scotia

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