Science on Wheels — Public Assemblies
Our Public assemblies are perfect for Libraries, camp groups, science days, after school programs, community events and family nights at schools. They can accommodate large groups of people and are ideal for ages 5 and up. Many programs can be adapted for pre-school groups. Contact us to discuss pre-school options.
Choose from the following program options:
This program features live animals and is available to sites within a 90 minute drive of Roper Mountain. Meet and learn about some of the animals that populate our shorelines. Discover how these critters are an important part of marine ecosystems. Using a combination of live animals, biofacts and videos, participants will get a first-hand look at what these amazing creatures are like.
Sometimes science demonstrations can seem like magic. The difference is, scientist love to explain how things work! Your educator will perform several demonstrations that may first seem like magic. Then with the help of volunteers and observations from the audience we will figure out the science behind the trick, and learn what is really happening.
It’s a Breeze:
How is a beach ball like an airplane wing? How can air be used to crush a soda can? How can you fill up a 10 foot long bag with air using only one breath? We’ll find out in this fun and interactive assembly that demonstrates how air pressure affects our everyday environment. Audience members will discover how to explore the air, even though they cannot see it. These experiments are guaranteed to BLOW them away!!
This fast paced assembly explores chemicals and chemical reactions in our world! What are they? How do they happen? And what are the results? Participants will use all of their senses to investigate these questions as we demonstrate several exciting chemical reactions.
Scales and Tales:
This program features three live reptiles and is available to sites within a 90 minute drive of Roper Mountain. Audiences will learn about the adaptations of each animal and how they help the animal to survive in its habitat. They will also discuss stories and folklore about the animals. Younger groups will read a story together about a tortoise.
Super Cold Science:
In this supercool lesson we will use liquid nitrogen to show how solids, liquids and gases are affected by extreme changes in temperature. Participants will learn how water is different from most other materials and watch the properties of materials change before their eyes.
Maximum Capacity: For the best audience experience we recommend limiting audience sizes to about 100 people. For groups much larger than this we recommend reserving multiple sessions
Recommended Audience: Families, mixed age groups, most programs can be adapted for preschool if requested
Duration: 45 minutes
- A large room with space for the audience and a presentation area
- Two tables for the presentation to be set up on
- Access to a sink during setup and breakdown
- A three pronged electrical outlet near the presentation space
- Educator will arrive between 30 and 45 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to unload, check in and set up
- Calculate the drive time from Roper Mountain Science Center to your site, then add that amount of time to 8:00 to determine your earliest assembly start time (If it is a one hour drive from Roper Mountain to your site, add one hour to 8 a.m. and the earliest start time is 9 a.m.)
- For multiple sessions, allow at least 15 minutes in between sessions to reset the equipment
Payment is due within 30 days after the date of the program. An invoice will be e-mailed to the booker when the reservation is made. Educators CANNOT take payment. Please mail your payment to Roper Mountain. Credit card payments can be made in person at Roper Mountain Science Center (please call ahead to schedule a payment time), but we cannot take credit card information by phone or email.
Programs containing live animals (Scales and Tales and Coastal Critters) can travel within 90 minutes of Roper Mountain. The number of sessions may be limited depending on the drive time as our animals cannot be away from home for too long.
All other assemblies can travel up to 2.5 hours from Roper Mountain in a single day trip. Sites farther than this (up to 5 hours) may book an overnight trip with an added flat fee of $200 per night to cover hotel and meal costs for our instructor. It may be beneficial for these sites to team up with other sites in their area to combine trips and share travel costs.
All sites outside of Greenville County will be charged a travel fee of $0.95 per mile (round trip). We use Google Maps to Calculate drive time and distances.
|2 Different Assemblies||$275|
Restrictions may apply to live animal programs as the animals cannot be away from home too long
* No travel fee in Greenville County. For other counties a travel fee of $0.95 per mile applies.
ReservationsScience on Wheels – Public Registration Form
Contact the Outreach Specialist, Jennifer Romatelli.
RMSC can’t take credit card payments over the phone.