Free demonstrations, appropriate for all ages, are approximately 20 minutes and can accommodate groups up to 25. Request one of the following demonstrations at least two weeks before your visit.

Science Demonstrations

Cooking a Comet
Our chefs are out of this world! Watch while we mix the essential ingredients to create a comet right before your eyes. This is a nice tie in to planetarium shows and the Challenger Learning Center Rendezvous with a Comet mission.

Everyone experiences electricity in their day-to-day lives, whether it's to operate machines, light up a room or by getting that shock after walking across the carpet and touching a doorknob. This demonstration will explain the difference between static electricity and current electricity. It's guaranteed to make your hair stand on end!

Moon Phases
Students will quickly learn how to identify the phases of the moon. They’ll take home a booklet to help them remember what they learn!

History Demonstrations

Mystery Artifacts
Participants will help solve the mysteries of some of our historical artifacts. What are they? How do they work? Who used them? Depending upon the age of the group, this demonstration may be presented in a game show format.

Michigan's early pioneers needed to be somewhat self-sufficient. See how pioneer women helped to keep their families clothed; learn about the connection to agriculture and animal husbandry of the early 19th century.

Toys from Times Past
Sample the fun of toys, unplugged!