Traveling Programs

Our fleet of seven vans can bring professional STEM educators to locations around New England. They teach over thirty types of programs to more than 100,000 people each year.

School Programs are offered from September-June and are only available for school groups. They have grade-specific content that builds on the Next Generation Science Standards, and come in a variety of formats including presentations, hands-on workshops, and immersive experiences. To get a summary of the programs we offer to schools, including logistical and price information, check out our School Catalog. There is limited Funding available for schools with financial need.

We also have more generalized programs offered in July and August for libraries, camps, youth groups, and other kinds of out-of-school-time environments. These programs also come in a variety of formats. Most are appropriate for a wide range of school-age children; we also have two new workshops designed specifically for preschoolers 2.9-5 years. To get a summary of these programs, including logistical and price information, check out our Library/Camp Catalog. There is limited Funding available for sites with financial need.

Finally, we have the ability to visit a limited number of weekend community events each year with Drop-in Station activity programs. There is limited Funding available for sites with financial need.

The tiles below lead to preview PDFs that feature slideshows of what we do in each individual program, as well as extensive logistical and price information. Contact us at or 617-589-0354 with questions, or to make a reservation.

Traveling Programs for School Groups:

    Engineering: Bridges Workshop picture


    Bridges Workshop

    Students listen to an engineering tale, learn about the science of bridges, then design and build their own models.

    Now Hear This: The Sound of Science picture

    Now Hear This

    The Sound of Science

    Students explore vibrations, sound, and music through a range of dynamic experiments.

    Starlab: Lower Elementary picture


    Lower Elementary

    Students learn about the difference between naked-eye and magnified observation using binoculars and our simulated sky.

    Weather and Climate picture

    Weather and Climate

    Students learn about the roles temperature, air pressure, humidity, and albedo play in weather systems.

    Starlab: Upper Elementary picture


    Upper Elementary

    Enhance your fifth grade curriculum with our portable planetariums.

    Starlab: Middle School picture


    Middle School

    Students learn about the solar system, neighboring galaxies, and deep space.

    Magnets, Forces, & Fields

    Magnets, Forces, & Fields

    Students learn about the relationship between electricity and magnetism and how both can be used to perform amazing experiments.

    Motion: Speed, Velocity & Acceleration picture

    Motion, Forces and Energy

    Middle School

    Students explore the role of forces and energy in changing motion.

    Motion: Forces & Work picture

    Motion, Forces and Energy

    Upper Elementary

    Students explore motion and learn how simple machines work.

    Life Cycles picutre

    Life Cycles

    Students explore how living things grow and change while meeting a number of live animals.

    Geology: Rock Detectives picture


    Rock Detectives

    Students identify rock and mineral specimens and develop predictions about their formation.

    Engineering: Wind Energy Workshop picture


    Wind Energy Workshop

    Students explore the engineering design process and build their own energy-producing wind turbine.

    Electromagnetism picture


    Students learn about the relationship between electricity and magnetism and how we use both forces to perform amazing experiments.

    Dig into Dinosaurs picture

    Dig into Dinosaurs

    Students learn about dinosaurs by exploring fossils, footprint trackways, and their own mini excavation sites.

    States of Matter picture

    States of Matter

    Learn how adding and taking away heat energy can transform materials from one state of matter to another.

    Heat and Temperature picture

    Dynamic Earth: Heat Flow

    Distinguish between heat and temperature and the methods of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation.

    Animal Habitats picture

    Animal Habitats

    Students explore the ideal habitats for a number of our live animals.

    Animal Adaptations picture

    Animal Adaptations

    Students meet a number of live animals and explore how all animals develop adaptations to help them survive.

Traveling Programs for Libraries, Camp Groups, and Youth Groups:

    Animal Engineers

    Animal Engineers

    Explore animal engineering with puppets, sensory materials, and hands-on activities, and they also meet a special live animal guest.

    Light and Shadows

    Light and Shadows: An Engineering Adventure

    Preschool children learn about light, shadows, and engineering in a pretend trip to the zoo.

    Blizzards: Outwit the Elements

    Blizzards: Outwit the Elements

    Engineer a snow-proof house and protect your snowboarder from a perilous avalanche!

    Super-Cold Science picture

    Super-Cold Science

    Use liquid nitrogen to explore how dropping an object's temperature can lead to some unusual and amazing effects.

    Science Magic picture

    Science Magic

    Explore the science behind some classic magic tricks while performing amazing experiments.

    Rockets: There and Back Again picture


    There and Back Again

    Become a rocket scientist! Design, build, and test balloon rockets and re-entry parachutes.

    Reptiles picture


    Students meet a number of live animals and explore some amazing reptile characteristics.

    Night Sky picture

    Night Sky

    Explore the night sky, and learn how to find stars, planets, and other celestial objects from your own backyard.