Meet us for a fun, family-friendly, hands-on science event for all ages, led by MagLab scientists.

When: September – April, 4th Thursday of the month (except for February) at 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Activities take 30-45 minutes)
Where: Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library 200 W Park Ave
Admission: Free
Note: There will NOT be a Science Night in December

Join us for a FREE, fun, and family-friendly hands-on science event for all ages (but especially for those aged 6-12). Every Science Night explores a different, exciting scientific topic. Plan for the activity to last about 30-45 minutes, but the scientists will stick around longer to answer questions and library staff will be on-site to help recommend books that complement the science.

Every Science Night we explore a different, exciting topic, such as electricity, magnets, chemistry or light, with a hands-on activity that encourages participants to:

  • Make connections between science and their everyday world.
  • Ask and answer questions.
  • Think scientifically.
  • Gain a sense of curiosity.
  • Learn from simple, inventive science activities that can mostly be done at home with basic materials.

Topics for the 2019-2020 season

September 26, 2019 - Magnets

What topic would be better suited for the MagLab Science Night team to kick off the 2019-2020 season than MAGNETS?

Come and explore the fascinating properties of magnets with us. This Science Night features demonstrations and lots of hands-on exploration! Join us as we share our enthusiasm for magnets and the science they enable us to do!

October 24, 2019 - Vacuum

This month Science Night explores VACUUM - the science of nothingness ! Learn what "vacuum" actually means. Join us for fun vacuum demonstrations, and perform your own hands-on vacuum experiments!

November 21, 2019 - Electricity

Electricity and electric circuits keep our daily life going. But what actually is electricity? Science Night will explore these concepts together - through hair-raising (literally!) demonstrations and hands-on experiments for the participants.

January 23, 2020 - Engineering Challenge

Who is up for an ENGINEERING CHALLENGE? Skyscrapers, bridges, dams - modern civil & mechanical engineering is so fascinating! But where to engineers take their inspiration from? And, what all do engineers think about when building these amazing structures? This Science Night delves into the world of structural engineering, and participants will apply the demonstrated concepts immediately.

February 20, 2020 - (Optical) Illusions

This month, we'll be learning to think like a scientist! We explore how seeing can be deceiving rather than believing ;).

Participants should prepare for optical illusions, critical thinking and hands-on experiments showcasing the scientific process and how scientists go about their work.

March 26, 2020 - Cryogenics (weather permitting), backup Light Cancelled

In March (weather permitting - event will take place outdoors - bring a chair), we will learn about TEMPERATURE and CRYOGENICS! Participants will explore different temperature scales and how materials change in astonishing ways at different temperatures. Really cool ;) !

If the weather does not permit an outside event, we will explore LIGHT. Be prepared to learn about the fun and amazing properties of light - color - lasers! Participants will learn about spectroscopy and will hands-on perform experiments with "prism glasses".

April 23, 2020 - Famous scientists & their discoveries Cancelled

Scientists and inventors have changed and shaped the world around us: Think about the invention of the wheel, penicillin, X-rays, computers or the telephone.

During the April Science Night, we will pick a few FAMOUS SCIENTISTS and will show you their amazing, world-changing DISCOVERIES and INVENTIONS.

Participants will perform hands-on experiments and demonstrations too.

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Last modified on 30 March 2020