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Spark Behind the Science Day

April 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover your spark at Spark Behind the Science Day 2018!

What sparks someone’s passion for science and technology? Is it a trip to a museum, an inspiring teacher, or simply collecting shells at the beach? At Spark Behind the Science Day, meet STEM experts and find out what drove them to pursue their careersThen, participate in a variety of hands-on activities to find your own spark!

– Engage with STEM EXPERTS stationed throughout KID Museum who will be sharing their spark stories and illustrating what they do in their professions with show-and-tell items.

– Enjoy over a dozen OPEN EXPLORE activities (FREE with general admission) including design challenges, fab lab fun, electronics skill-building, and more!

– Attend FAMILY WORKSHOPS in programming and robotics. Details and registration here: WORKSHOPS

Spark Behind the Science Day Themes

THE NATURAL WORLD – A CLOSER LOOK | For many STEM professionals, their journey began with a fascination about the world around them. Bugs or plants, mountains or oceans, seashells or stars, the natural world is full of “sparks” for inspiration.

HOW IT WORKS (FIGURE IT OUT) | Many young engineers are inspired by a desire to figure out how things work. Professionals describe their obsessions as children with taking things apart – home appliances, toys, electronics – so that they could figure out just what it is that makes these machines work the way they do.

SOLVE A PROBLEM (DESIGN/INVENTION) | STEM fields are driven by finding solutions to problems. Whether people are sending space shuttles around the globe or replacing light bulbs in their house, people are motivated by the prospect of designing a new way to solve a problem.

THE HUMAN CONNECTION | Science is social and built around a community. Many professionals say that one particular person in their lives – a teacher, mentor, family member – inspired them to become a scientist through sharing their own personal STEM knowledge and passion. Others are driven by their desire to help people in their lives and to impact society for the better.

Open Explore Activities (drop-in anytime)

Toy Takeapart: Break ‘em open. Put ‘em back together. Explore the world of circuits, lights, and motors that live inside everyday objects and toys.

Constellation Cans: Create a constellation can that will project your chosen star formation on a wall or ceiling.

3D Species: Combine 3D-printed animal parts, modeling clay, and craft materials to design an animal that can survive in various habitats.

DIY Circuit Boards: Design a layout for a circuit board, then assemble it using real electronic components!

Gone Engineerin’: Design and build a special lure and angle for one of our pisces ligneus (wooden fish).

Accessible Playground: Create a prototype of a swing for a wheelchair user or a slide with navigation for someone who is visually impaired.

…and much more!


April 29, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


KID Museum
6400 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817 United States


Member Price
Nonmember Price
$12 admission (includes 1 child + 2 adults)