Sidewalk Science

Observe the Sun (4-12)

Tue, June 29, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

This activity lets participants safely view the Sun and study features on its face. A solarscope projects an image of the Sun on a flat surface, where children can trace its outline and mark any sunspots on a sheet of paper. Taking solar observations over the course of several days will allow you to track trends in solar activity, too!

Stomp Rockets (Ages 7-12)

Thu, July 8, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

In “Exploring the Solar System: Stomp Rockets,” participants learn about how some rockets carry science tools—not scientists—into space, and how a special kind of rocket called “sounding rockets” can be used for quick, low-flying scientific missions into space. Participants will build and launch their own air rockets to help imagine the challenges and triumphs of engineering spacecraft and launching them into a specific region of the space above our planet.

Expanding Universe (Ages 4-12)

Tue, July 13, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

This program event includes a hands-on model of the way the universe is expanding—and how it has been expanding since the “Big Bang”. The interactive experience also explains how, even though it appears from our perspective that we’re in the center of the universe, there is in fact no center of the universe!

Expanding Universe (Ages 4-12)​

Thu, July 15, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

This program event includes a hands-on model of the way the universe is expanding—and how it has been expanding since the “Big Bang”. The interactive experience also explains how, even though it appears from our perspective that we’re in the center of the universe, there is in fact no center of the universe!

Filtered Light (Ages 4-12)

Thu, July 22, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

“Exploring the Universe: Filtered Light” demonstrates how scientists can use telescopes and other tools to capture and filter different energies of light to study the universe. Most objects in the universe are so distant from us that we can only study them through light. Filters allow us to block some energy levels of light and isolate others; each energy of light can offer new information about the object of study. In “Filtered Light,” participants discover how colored filters can help reveal more about an image. They can also make and study colorful images of their own.

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