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 materials or surfaces improve an object’s ability to roll or slide? How can I change the way an object moves down a ramp? Engage your class in our hands-on workshop about motion! Working in small groups, learners will explore factors that affect rolling and sliding motion through building and testing different ramps!
Science Primary - Physical Science: Movement
Considering a variety of materials, learners are challenged to work together to design and build a structure that will weather an oncoming storm! Learners are encouraged to consider the needs of living things and flex their problem-solving skills to keep the inhabitant safe, dry, and warm. This fun and fast-paced workshop brings creativity, innovation and critical thinking to life!
Science 1 - Physical Science: Materials, Objects, and Devices
We’re Wheely Moving
How can we make something move? How should we join materials together? What simple machines are essential for rolling and how do they work? Wheely Moving challenges students to complete two engineering tests tiered to their grade level, while also considering forces at play. This fast-paced motion-packed workshop encourages students to think about purpose and design as they build and test their own car.
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! Through this hands-on workshop, students learn what causes these pushes and pulls. Magnets are used to discover attraction and repulsion and the Van de Graaff generator is used to dive deeper into these forces through hard-raising and shocking experiences!
Science 3: Invisible Forces
Bridging the Gap
Students explore the art and science of architecture while learning about 4 different bridge designs (arch, truss, suspension, and beam). Working in small teams, students will construct an arch bridge from blueprints, learn what factors can result in structure failure, and complete an engineering challenge to design and build a paper bridge to support the most weight!
Science 3 - Physical Science: Structures
Rocks, minerals, and their uses come to life in this hands-on workshop. Students undergo hands-on investigations to classify real geological samples and gain insights into the dynamics of Earth’s crust through the rock cycle!
Science 4 – Earth and Space Science: Rocks and Minerals
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 – Physical Science: Chemical and Physical Properties
Capture the Wind
Learners are challenged to put the wind to work and generate electricity using a wind turbine. Working in small groups, learners apply their knowledge of forces to engineer and test turbine blades that will drive an electric generator. When faced with the heavy winds of a leaf blower, students will measure their turbine’s electricity output to determine which is most powerful!
Science 6 – Physical Science Electricity (Methods of Generating Electricity)
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 generator.
Science 6 – Physical Science: Electricity
Grades 7 & 8
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.
Science 7 – Physical Science: Heat
Science 7 Renewed – Engineering Structures
Science 8 Renewed – Climate Change (Heat Transfer & Heat Capacity of Materials)
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.
Grade 8-12: Water Systems & STSE
Whole School Demo
Get the whole school together for these demos. They’ll be sure to have everyone buzzing. Designed for school assemblies with 10-500 students.
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.
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.
Perfect for elementary school students who will be captivated by the science of magic, this show is full of the spellbinding experiments, with results that defy expectations! Disappearing water, “Invisible Glue,” 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