Investigate the science behind the body and health in this hands-on chemical wet lab. What new experiments will you do today?
Welcome to the Power Science Lab, our chemical laboratory with featured experiments that focus on biology, biochemistry, the human body and nutrition! As you enter the lab, pick up a lab coat, goggles and nitrile gloves. Follow the instructions for the experiment (usually about 15 minutes in length) using real lab equipment.
The maximum capacity in the Lab is 12 children.
Picnic Science will temporarily takeover the Power Science Lab space during Free Family Night! Don’t worry, we’re still doing science, but the activities will be different from the planned Power Science Lab programming. Sign up at Power Science Lab for these special workshops!
Power Science Lab frequently has special workshops, which sometimes require signups or have age restrictions. Check out our upcoming Picnic Science Programs, Maker Workshops, Toddler Takeovers, and BASF Labs. Thank you!
The Power Science Lab focuses on the roles biology and chemistry play in our own anatomy and physiology. These 15-minute experiments follow the 5E model allowing children hands-on experience in a lab. They form hypotheses, complete experiments and develop conclusions. Allowing children to play the role of a scientist not only gives them the ability to see themselves in that role professionally, but also engages their curiosity and lets them observe the science within their world every day.
“We love to come here to do the experiments together. I feel like I am learning along with my eight and ten year old. My kids won’t leave until they have done all four and experiments.”
Not only will you wear the safety gear that scientists use including gloves, goggles and a lab coat, you will conduct experiments using techniques similar to those used in real labs!
In order to use real techniques to do the experiments, you will need to use real lab equipment, from beakers, flasks, and test tubes to microscopes, petri dishes, and more!
Every month features a new theme in the Power Science Lab, so make sure to come back often to try out our new experiments.
We want you to have fun and be safe. Remember - scientists experiment safely!
1. Wear Protective clothing at all times including:
2. An adult must be present at the lab station where their child is experimenting.
3. Before you start, review the chemicals and materials you will be using at your lab station.
4. Follow the experiment’s instructions.
5. Use equipment and materials only for their intended purpose.
6. Laboratory materials should NEVER be tasted or eaten.
7. No eating or drinking in the lab area.
Maximum Capacity 12 children
This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.