Outreach Classes

High-energy, high-impact science at your location. Discovery Place Outreach is a museum-on-wheels, bringing hands-on science to your doorstep. Our classes, workshops, assemblies and festival booths are perfect for classroom curriculum enhancement, after school programs, summer camps, homeschool groups and even parties. Call 704.372.6261 x300 to book today!

Grades 3 - 8

Action Reaction

Engage in action-packed chemical reactions while learning about properties of materials

Grades K - 2

All About Animals

Through active exploration, learn how scientists classify animals

Grades 3 - 5

Animal Explorations

Discover the wonderful world of animals and travel across the planet to discover unique creatures and their relationship with their environment

Grades K - 8

Assembly: A Matter of Science

Chemistry and physics come alive during this Assembly program of flames and explosions

Grades 3 - 8

Assembly: Energy, Energy, Energy

In this assembly, eye-popping demonstrations illuminate the science behind electrical, chemical and thermal energy

Pre K

Class on a Cart: Animal Mania

Meet a variety of animal friends, such as reptiles, arthropods and amphibians

Pre K

Class on a Cart: Bubbles, Balls & Buoyancy

Explore buoyancy & gravity through bubbles and hands-on activities

Pre K

Class on a Cart: Sensory Science

Use your senses to experience the wonders of the world

Pre K - Grade 2

Day and Night

Explore our ever-changing sky and learn to recognize differences in the day and night sky

Grades 3 - 8

Daylight in a Bottle

Experiment with recyclable materials and various liquids to design an electricity-free way to light homes

Grades 3 - 8

Design a Maglev Train

Use the Engineering Design Process to design & test a frictionless train model

Pre K - Grade 2

Dino Time

For the littlest paleontologist, rediscover dinosaur friends that lived long ago

Grades 3 - 8

Electrifying Attraction

Conduct hair-raising experiments with the Van de Graaf generator

Pre K - Grade 8

Festival Booths

Hands-on science programs for festivals, family nights, school functions and community events

Grades 3 - 7

Forces and Motion

Newton’s Laws of Motion come alive in this class packed with guided-inquiry activities

Grades 3 - 8

Horticultural Engineer: Hydroponics

Design and engineer a soil-less system for growing crops

Grades 4 - 6

Illusions of Optics

Explore the nature of light, perception, vision, waves and the electromagnetic spectrum

Grades 3 - 5

Keep it Moving

Examine real bones, tissues and artificial joints

Grades 3 - 8

Life at 40X

Explore the micro world and compare the structures and functions of plant and animal cells

Grades 2 - 5

Matter Matters

Investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gases while conducting exciting experiments

Grades 3 - 8

Robotics Engineer

Work with robots to solve a unique challenge

Grades 3 - 8

Solar System Spectacular

Explore the solar system to learn about the sun, planets, asteroids and moons that make up Earth's neighborhood

Grades 1 - 2

Sound Is Vibration

Uncover various ways to create sound while learning about the physical properties of sound

Grades 3 - 5

Starry, Starry Night

Witness the wonders of the universe

Pre K - Grade 2

Today's Forecast

Become amateur meteorologists by using weather instrumentation to gather and analyze data

Grades 3 - 8

Wind Energy Engineer

Design your own turbine blades to rotate with wind power

Grades K - 2

Workshop: Animal Detectives

Uncover clues and learn about the five classes of animals in this 6 week workshop

Grades 3 - 8

Workshop: Astronomy Adventures

Learn about stars, planets and other celestial objects during this astronomical workshop

Grades 3 - 8

Workshop: Body Systems

Take a journey through the human body in this six week workshop

Grades 3 - 8

Workshop: Bridge Building 101

This six week workshop will uncover the physics behind bridges

Grades 3 - 5

Workshop: Code Kids

Explore the basics of coding in this six week workshop

Grades K - 5

Workshop: Engineering is Elementary

Explore the Engineering Design Process and participate in hands-on inquiry activities

Grades 3 - 8

Workshop: Forensics Crime Lab

Use cutting edge technology in this six week forensics workshop

Grades 3 - 8

Workshop: H2OMG

Roll up your sleeves and learn about the amazing properties of H2O in this 6 week workshop

Grades 3 - 12

Workshop: Human & Comparative Anatomy

Learn about the inner working of the human body in this 12 week workshop

Grades K - 2

Workshop: Mini CSI

Become a detective during this crime-busting workshop

Grades K - 2

Workshop: Mini Maker

Become a maker as you create, build, innovate, design, improve, hack and push boundaries

Grades 3 - 8

Workshop: Our Changing Climate

Explore causes, effects and solutions in this hands-on workshop

Grades 3 - 8

Workshop: Robotics

Unleash the power of technology in this 6 or 12 week robotics workshop

Grades K - 2

Workshop: Super Structures

Inspire the engineer within!

Grades 3 - 8

Workshop: Think It, Plan It, MAKE It

Join the MAKE movement as you create, build and innovate in this six week workshop

Grades K - 2

Workshop: Water Wonders

Roll up your sleeves and investigate the wonders of this most precious resource

Grades 3 - 8

You Are What You Eat

Decode nutrition labels and investigate a fast food meal to measure its energy and nutritional content

Pre K - Grade 5

You Can Build It!

Use the very popular Build It!® blocks to work through engineering challenges and create fascinating structures


Conditions & Booking Information

  • Program Space

    One designated location is required for all visits requiring multiple programs on one day.

    Discovery Place Outreach educators must have access to the program space at least 30-60 minutes prior and 30-60 minutes after each session to set up and take down programs.

    During this time, Discovery Place Outreach educators are not responsible for students. Outreach educators are not responsible for monitoring drop off and pick up times before or after programs.

  • Program Attendees

    The number of attendees communicated to Discovery Place Outreach must be accurate to ensure an optimal learning experience.

    Changes to the number of attendees the day of the program may result in cancellation of the program.

  • Mileage Fee

    A mileage fee is applied to all Discovery Place Outreach programs. Mileage is charged at $25.00 per Mecklenburg County visit (or $25.00 per Richmond County visit for programs originating from Discovery Place Kids-Rockingham) and $.75 per mile for all out of county visits.

  • Overnight Travel

    Travel requiring overnight lodging for the educator is billed at $150.00 per educator per night.

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