Science Alive!

Science Alive!

Science Alive is a lineup of exciting demonstrations, live science experiments, and engaging presentations by our amazing staff and volunteer educators! Explore the offerings below.

Science Alive square science encounter minScience Encounters 

Location: Museum 1st Floor (outside entrance to Expedition Earth) at mobile Science Encounter Cart

Awaken your curiosity with our captivating Science Encounters during weekends and school breaks at the RMSC! 

Stop by our Science Encounter station to learn about physics, chemistry, meteorology, and everything in between! Observe our staff and volunteers demonstrate fun and exciting science and make even the most complex topics engaging and accessible to children and adults of all ages. With a dozen experiments in our line up, there are plenty of opportunities to reward your curiosity!

The Science Encounter station is located at the end of the Museum lobby near the main staircase. The station is staffed on weekends and school break days from 10-10:50am, 12-12:50pm, and 2-2:50pm.


Science Alive square electricity theater minElectricity Theater

Location: Museum’s 3rd Floor

Electricity Theater shows occur on weekends and daily during school breaks and summertime at: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. 

Featuring two six-foot Tesla coils, this musical electricity show is a must-see! One of only a handful of experiences like it across the United States, Electricity Theater amazes visitors as arcs of lightning illuminate the room to the sounds of their favorite tunes. Come see an Electricity Theater show to see the Coils in action and learn about their namesake, Nikola Tesla!*




Science Alive Squares SoS minScience On a Sphere

Location: Museum’s 2nd Floor

Times: Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 & 2:00pm (schedule subject to change)

Satiate your curiosity for space, weather, climate, and nature with Science on a Sphere. Join our experienced “Edu-tainers” in the Science on a Sphere Data Theater on Saturdays, Sundays, and school breaks to experience the capabilities of this life-sized spherical projection system through presentation topics such as tsunamis, hurricanes, Earth’s magnetic field, the moon, and the sun.*

Outside of weekend and school break showtimes, Science on a Sphere runs on an automated loop.



Wildlife Rockstars with lemurAnimal Meet and Greets with Wildlife Rockstars

Select Saturdays in the RMSC Museum Lobby
Scheduled Saturdays: June 5, July 24, and August 7

Wildlife Rockstars are bringing animal experiences to the RMSC! Watch for them in the RMSC Museum's Lobby on select Saturdays to learn more about animals and meet some interesting critters! The Wildlife Rockstars are a wildlife education outreach group that is part of Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc. As part of their rehabilitation, members share details about live native and exotic animals, birds and reptiles. Pop-up programming available on July 24 at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm.



Science Alive squares featured presenters minFeatured Programming

Location: Museum Exhibit Galleries; TBD as announced

Visit our current featured exhibition, Changemakers: Rochester Women who Changed the World, and stop by the Changemakers-themed craft tables on the 3rd floor outside of Reidman Gallery. Kids will enjoy activities like making bookmarks, painting self-portraits, and writing poems while learning about featured women from the exhibit.

Check our social media pages and home webpage for more information about special programming during school break weeks!



Thank you to our Sponsors!

Corning Incorporated Foundation


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