Sidewalk Science

Design, Build, Test (4-12)

Sat, February 25, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

In “Exploring the Solar System: Design, Build, Test,” participants will imagine a scientific mission to space, draw inspiration from existing spacecraft, and then design and build their own simple model spacecraft to accomplish the goals of their mission. After assembling a spacecraft and attaching tools, participants’ creations will have to complete a series of tests to ensure that they’re ready for launch. Did they include the necessary tools? Can the spacecraft withstand the vibration of launch, or the spin of navigating through space? If not, it’s back to the drawing board—the design/build/test cycle begins again!
Nebula Spin Art (Ages 4-12)

Tue, April 4, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

In this activity, participants will learn about how gigantic clouds of gas and dust in space, called nebulas, are formed. They’ll create their own colorful model nebula using paint and a spinner. Because of the unique quantities and locations of the materials and the forces that spread them out, each model nebula will be unique—just like each real nebula!
Orbiting Objects (Ages 4-12)

Sat, May 20, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects” is a hands-on activity that invites visitors to experiment with different-sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well. The activity models gravitational attraction in space. Participants investigate how changing conditions can cause phenomena like stellar wobble and planet formation.
Solar Eclipse Day (Ages 4-12)

Sat, October 14th | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us at Switzer Library on Saturday Oct. 14th at 11am for Solar Eclipse Day with JJ’s Playhouse Children’s Museum! Enjoy interactive science activities and a countdown to view the solar eclipse! Participants will be provided with special glasses to safely view the eclipse.

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