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.
Take part in our award-winning, curriculum-connected workshops led by our Science Educators, from the comfort of your classroom! Workshops are designed for a maximum of 30 participants.
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.
Science Primary: Explore Objects and Materials
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.
Science 1: Materials and Structures
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.
Science 2 - Physical Science: Motion
Science 3 - Physical Science: Materials and Structures and Invisible Forces
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.
Science 3: 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
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
Science 4: Rocks, minerals and erosion
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
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.
Science 5: Chemical and Physical Properties
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!
Science 5: Forces, Simple Machines, and Friction
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 6: Energy and Weather
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.
Science 6: Electricity
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.
Grade 7: Earth’s Crust
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
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.
Grade 8-12: Water Systems & STSE
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.
Grade 7: Interactions Within Ecosystems
Grade 7: Interconnectedness of living things and the environment, in relation to the concept of netukulimk
Whole School Demo
Get the whole school together for these demos. They’ll be sure to have everyone buzzing. Designed for school with 10-500 students.
NEW! Boom, Blaze, Blast OFF!
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!
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.
“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
Portable Digital Planetarium
Marvel at the stars and learn about the constellations in our Portable Digital Planetarium. Can accommodate 30 younger students or 25 older students. The Portable Digital Planetarium requires a 16-foot ceiling and 25-foot floor clearance for set up.
Above And Beyond
Be amazed by our 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.
Stories of the Night Sky
Stories of the Night Sky is an astronomical adventure that integrates traditional Mi’kmaw 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.
The Discovery Centre would like to recognize the generous support of:
for the SOTR programming in
South Shore, Nova Scotia
Dr. and Mrs. H.E. Christie
for the SOTR programming in
Amherst, Nova Scotia