Experience the latest addition to the Science Museum–the hands-on invention space Spark!Lab, developed by the Smithsonian–and take part in a variety of STEM (Science, technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. Free with museum admission!
Spark!Lab Grand Opening Saturday January 18: 10:30am-4pm
Explore this new, dynamic learning space where children, families, and groups create, innovate, collaborate, problem-solve, and invent.
Life Saver Lightning, 11am-3pm
Can you make a spearmint lifesaver create sparks by chomping on it? What is triboluminescence and why does this work? Bite into a mint of your own and learn how this produces electricity you can see.
Meet an Electrical Engineer, 11am-3pm
Research and development professional Michelle George, M. Eng., will demonstrate how Arduinos (an open-source electronics platform) and breadboards (a construction base for prototyping of electronics) can be used, as well as explaining how different electrical parts work together. Examples may include transistors, conductors, resistors, and more!
Exploring the Universe: Static Electricity, 11am-3pm
Build an electroscope—a simplified version of one of the tools scientists use to study the invisible forces on Earth and in space. Learn how static electricity works, how scientists can use it to study space, and how it sometimes presents challenges to tools and spacecraft.
Electricity Demonstrations, 12pm & 2pm
What’s the different between static and current electricity? How can humans see and use different types of electricity? Come to this demonstration that will include an Energy Stick everyone lights up together, and a Van de Graff generator!
Spark Your Imagination! at the Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street, Springfield MA
Grand Opening – January 18, 2020;10:00am–5:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission!