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Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get messy! Make mystery solutions that fizz, pop, and explode. Discover why objects glow in the dark and make your own fluorescent crystals. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Dive into mysteries of the mind and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques and use them to solve a museum mystery.

Last day to register is June 3, 2020.

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Explore nature’s wild, weird, and wacky wonders. Investigate flying mammals, bizarre horns, and mixed-up dinosaurs. Scout through Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems to find minerals that look like cookies, French fries, stars, and bubbles. Test out the science of food to find out what makes Jell-O transform from a liquid to a solid, and sink your teeth—literally—into a yeast experiment with rising bread!

Last day to register is June 3, 2020.

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Did you know that playing with food involves serious science? Examine the chemical structure of sugars and starches, and test variations across global cuisines. Mix up tasty solutions and suspensions as you learn about the chemistry of ice cream. Experiment with gases to make bread and root beer. Have fun with a baking challenge to create the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Learn how the Hopi and Iroquois advanced agriculture, and make a Three Sisters salad from corn, beans, and squash.

Last day to register is June 3, 2020.

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Meet weird prehistoric creatures and some of nature’s coolest critters. Get your hands on mystery slime, observe a slithery snake, and more! Examine the movements, habitats, and senses of animals with daily experiments. Build an obstacle course for worms. Get creative with chemistry to test scientific phenomena as you mix emulsions and test what floats in slimy substances.

Last day to register is June 10, 2020.

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Magic and science are about to collide! Craft your own potions and discover which concoctions are for friends and which are for foes. Investigate the science behind expanding elixirs and experiment with changing ordinary metals to gold in a lesson in alchemy. Explore transfiguration in the natural world. Compare magical creatures to those of the non-magical world as you study fire-breathing dragons, mystical mermaids, and more!

Last day to register is June 17, 2020.

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Investigate the intricate balance of the human body. Dissect a brain, and conduct a mock coronary bypass on a real heart. Discover surprising evidence in fossils and ancient skeletons that reveals how medicine and disease have evolved throughout time. Find out what it’s like to be a real medical student on a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.
Day trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 1, 2020.

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Investigate the intricate balance of the human body. Dissect a brain, and conduct a mock coronary bypass on a real heart. Discover surprising evidence in fossils and ancient skeletons that reveals how medicine and disease have evolved throughout time. Find out what it’s like to be a real medical student on a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.
Day trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 8, 2020.

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Nature builds things up and tears them down—and so can you! Explore how humans and animals construct homes, buildings, and dens. Construct a classroom compost bin to delve into decomposition, and conduct an experiment to test the strength of the pyramids. Throughout the week, you’ll undertake a habitat design challenge using only naturally available resources, and we’ll visit Fallingwater to gain inspiration from an architectural masterpiece.

Activity fee: $50
Field trip day to Fallingwater: Museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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Magic and science are about to collide! Craft your own potions and discover which concoctions are for friends and which are for foes. Investigate the science behind expanding elixirs and experiment with changing ordinary metals to gold in a lesson in alchemy. Explore transfiguration in the natural world. Compare magical creatures to those of the non-magical world as you study fire-breathing dragons, mystical mermaids, and more!

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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Through hands-on creative challenges, learn how nature inspires engineers to create sustainable innovations and build the future right now. Explore examples of green technology and sustainable design in the museum and other buildings nearby. Learn how buildings can help address the challenges of climate change. Visit Fallingwater to explore the intersection of nature and architecture, then design environmentally informed structures of your own.

Activity fee: $50
Field trip day to Fallingwater: Museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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Magic and science are about to collide! Craft your own potions and discover which concoctions are for friends and which are for foes. Investigate the science behind expanding elixirs and experiment with changing ordinary metals to gold in a lesson in alchemy. Explore transfiguration in the natural world. Compare magical creatures to those of the non-magical world as you study fire-breathing dragons, mystical mermaids, and more!

Last day to register is July 29, 2020.

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Plunge into experiments about the physics and chemistry of H2O as you develop your own mega-bubble solution, test for acids and bases, get cracking with ice, and more. Design your way through a boat building race, water balloon drops, and other friendly challenges. Hike through Schenley Park to investigate aquatic habitats in the Panther Hollow Watershed and take a dip in nearby Schenley swimming pool.

Day trip to Schenley Swimming Pool: museum pick-up at 4:00 p.m.

Last day to register is August 5, 2020.

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Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get messy! Make mystery solutions that fizz, pop, and explode. Discover why objects glow in the dark and make your own fluorescent crystals. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Dive into mysteries of the mind and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques and use them to solve a museum mystery.

Last day to register is August 12, 2020.

Learn more about .

Explore nature’s wild, weird, and wacky wonders. Investigate flying mammals, bizarre horns, and mixed-up dinosaurs. Scout through Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems to find minerals that look like cookies, French fries, stars, and bubbles. Test out the science of food to find out what makes Jell-O transform from a liquid to a solid, and sink your teeth—literally—into a yeast experiment with rising bread!

Last day to register is August 12, 2020.

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