Family Science Nights

The Museum of Arts & Sciences has many choices for Family Science Nights. Bring us to your school for a Family Science Night or Science Day, or have your Family Science Night at the Museum! 

The Family Science Night program lasts for 1.5 hours. MOAS provides two curators and 15 science stations. 

Science Stations

The Museum of Arts & Sciences' Education Department provides curriculum based science nights to Volusia County Schools, as well as surrounding county schools.

Elementary Schools

Newton's 1st Law of Motion: Students will test this principle (an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion) using two foam balls and a ramp.

Newton's 2nd Law of Motion: Acceleration of an object is dependent upon two variables - the net force acting upon the object and the mass of the object. Students will test the acceleration of a golf ball and a foam ball and compare the net force of the two different masses. 

Newton's 3rd Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Students will test this principle with Newton's Cradle. 

X-Ray Vision: Students will test and understand how x-rays work and how they are a part of the electromagnetic spectrum. 

Potential and Kinetic Energy: Students will test the difference between potential and kinetic energy with rubber bands and cars.

Rotation Station: A spinning object resists a change in orientation, so when the student tries to force it the opposite way the wheel will force its movement through the student. It is basically the transfer of energy. You can also mention rotation and revolution of an object. Example: Earth revolves around the Sun and the Earth's rotation around its axis (24 hours). 

Circuts: Students will create and complete curcuits using the circuit boards. They will understand that electrical energy is from moving electrons from the difference between series circuit and parallel circuit. 

Astronomy: Students will get to view a space show inside our portable planetarium.

Sound Effects: Sound is a wave that is created by vibrating objects and propagated through a medium from one location to another. Students will design paths for the marbles to take a make noise. 

Electromagnet: Students will understand how electromagnets get their magnetic field from turning on and off the electricity running through the copper wires. 

Hand Battery: Students will understand batteries need two different types of metals and an electroyte solution to create an imbalance of  charge and then voltage. The student will complete the current by placing their hands on the two different metals (Al and Cu). 

Microscopes: Students will understand why we use microscopes and observe different slides provided. 

Recycling: Students will place the different slides provided in the appropriate recycling bins. 

Tree Rings: Students will observe and understand the different layers of a tree. Determining the age of the tree by counting the growth rings in a cross-section of its trunk is called Dendrochronology. 

Middle Schools

Atmospheric Pressure: Students will notice that the bag conforms to the bag-person's body. This happens because higher air pressure always wants to move toward regions of lower air pressure. 

Van Der Graff Generator: Students will observe how positive electrons try to escape through them and eventually their hair while their hands are placed on the metal globe. 



$395 for 15 stations

$445 for 15 stations and the portable planetarium (seats approximately 30 students in inflates like a bounce house. Requires a space of 30 feet across and 13 feet tall. 

$545 for 15 stations and the portable planetarium (out of county)

Science Nights at MOAS

$395 Students, parents, and teachers can plan a night at the Museum as their Science Night. It includes the Lemerand Wing, Children's Museum, Root Family Museum, and Planetarium shows. Museum rules and guidelines apply to everyone who is attending the Science Night. 


Kelsey Hansen at or 386-255-0285 ext. 312

Nicole Messervy at or 386-255-0285 ext. 313




Family Science Nights
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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.