miScience Workshops

Join us at miSci for science workshops great for the whole family. Each weekend workshop is a 30-40 minute hands-on activity and program for museum visitors covering topics like fossils, bubbles, color, and more!

Workshop tickets can be purchased at miSci’s Guest Services desk.

Geode Smash

Saturday, June 15th
12:30 and 2 p.m.

Join us as we learn about geodes, what they are made of, and how to smash them open to see the hidden beauty within! Geological fun awaits; what will you find in your geode?

Catapults

Saturday, June 22nd
12:30 and 2 p.m.

In honor of our newest exhibit: Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion, this workshop will be about using simple machines to launch things! What can you get if you combine a spring and a lever? A catapult! Join us in learning a bit about engineering as we build miniature catapults and send small objects flying!

Crime Lab Science

Saturday, June 29th
12:30 and 2 p.m.
Includes a take-home fingerprint kit!

Learn forensic science and how evolving technology helps scientists and detectives discover the truth in mysterious criminal cases. “Detectives in training” participate in a mock investigation where they identify the main types of fingerprints, explore the science of chromatography, and learn about extracting DNA. Finally, we’ll use evidence to identify the culprit!

Sketch Like da Vinci

Saturday, July 6th or Tuesday, July 9th
12:30 and 2 p.m.
$6 per Participant

Some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most iconic creations are found in the pages of his notebooks. From faces and animals to inventions, da Vinci drew nearly 2,500 sketches. In this workshop visitors will see how he drew everything from cartoons to diagrams and make our own notebooks to sketch in!

Terrarium Buffet

Sunday, July 7th or Thursday, July 11th
12:30 and 2 p.m.
$6 per Participant

Using recycled and natural materials, create your own tiny habitat to grow plants. Each terrarium will get to house a tiny toy critter!

da Vinci’s Simple Machines

Saturday, July 13th or Tuesday, July 16th
12:30 and 2 p.m.
$5 per participant

Amazing simple machines help people overcome all kinds of engineering challenges! In this workshop, see how Leonardo da Vinci used and combined these devices in new and exciting ways, and explore how we still rely on simple machines in the complex world of the 21st century.

Chaos Theory

Sunday, July 14th or Thursday, July 18th
12:30 and 2 p.m.
$5 per participant

Can a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil cause a tornado in Texas? If you aren’t sure, come learn how scientists are still trying to figure it out! We’ll show off some demonstrations that reveal how you can get very different results with the same ingredients. We’ll finish by making a marble racetrack and putting it to the test!

da Vinci: The Builder

Saturday, July 20th or Tuesday, July 23rd
12:30 and 2 p.m.
$5 per participant

Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated by architecture. From staircases and bridges to castles and entire cityscapes, da Vinci was gifted at designing buildings inside and out. In this workshop we’ll explore his many unique building designs, as well as take on our own building challenge!

Pop Goes the Rocket

Sunday, July 21st or Thursday, July 25th
12:30 and 2 p.m.
$5 per participant

3… 2…1… Launch! Rockets rely on a chemical reaction to fly as high and far as they do. In this workshop, we will make our own rockets and discuss how they fly. Participants will be able to decorate and launch their mini rockets before they get to take them home!

da Vinci’s Dream Boats

Saturday, July 27th or Tuesday, July 30th
12:30 and 2 p.m.
$5 per participant

While famous for his efforts to design a flying machine, da Vinci didn’t just limit himself to thinking about air. He also worked on ways to move across the water… as well as under it! Join us and follow his lead as we design our own boats and survive a race down our water table obstacle course.

Origami

Sunday, July 28th or Thursday, August 1st
12:30 and 2 p.m.
$5 per participant

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, but it’s not all art and history: Origami has contributed to innovation in a variety of technical fields. Learn about the origin of Origami, how scientists and engineers use it, and make an easy and fun Origami creation to take home!