The Arizona Science Center in Phoenix is a community center that focuses on inspiring, educating, and engaging young learners and curious minds through science. Located in Heritage and Science Park in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center features over 350 interactive, hands-on exhibits that highlight science in fun, education-based way.
In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the Science Center also showcases nationally traveling exhibitions throughout the year, daily demonstrations around the Center, planetarium shows in the Dorrance Planetarium, and films in the five-story IMAX theater. The Arizona Science Center also offers a range of unique educational programs and science-based activities for visitors of all ages including, summer camps, thematic events, Adult’s Night Out, Stroller Science pre-school programs, and the Science on Wheels outreach program.
The Arizona Science Center features a variety of permanent exhibitions that cater for all ages.
‘Many Hands Make a Home’ explores the knowledge, skills, materials, and processes needed to build a home in Arizona’s unique desert environment. ‘All About Me/The Wonder Center’ is a display dedicated to human life, and teaches visitors about the physiology of moving, the patterns of learning and remembering, the mechanisms of healing, and new biotechnologies.
Designed by award-winning experience designer Bob Rogers, ‘My Digital World’ is an exhibition that focuses on the information technology that all human beings together. Visits can try and spell their name in Morse Code – the very first digital method of communication. ‘Get Charged Up’ is an experiment-based exhibition that toys with the primary forces of electricity, friction, gravity, and magnetism.
‘Solarville’ provides fascinating interactive experiences and visuals and that explores how humans are affected by the sun, as well as alternative ways to gain energy through using the sun and tips for energy conservation.
Housed in a state-of-the-art Immersion Theater that features state-of-the-art technologies, including multiple overhead video screens with surround sound, and a motion-floor system with realistic physical effects, ‘Forces of Nature’ showcases extreme geological events, such as monster storms and tidal waves and the effects of land, water, and air.
The Arizona Science Center also offers a range of unique educational programs and science-based activities for visitors of all ages including, summer camps, thematic events, Adult’s Night Out, Stroller Science pre-school programs, and the Science on Wheels outreach program.
Daily demonstrations are conducted in the theater and stage areas throughout the day, and a series of lecture presentations given by local and national experts explores the current science topics and their implications on the world around us.
The Arizona Science Center offers visitors of all ages a variety of uniquely themed activities, hands-on experiences, educational programs and workshops throughout the year. A monthly lecture series known as ‘Adults Night Out’ gives adult visitors the opportunity to be a child again and watch an IMAX film, take in a planetarium show, enjoy the center’s 300 hands-on exhibits, and engage their intellect in a thought-provoking presentation.
The Arizona Science Center offers summer and winter camps for youth of all ages to experience a variety of hands-on science-based and themed activities, and a unique exploration of the Science Center. BMI@BNI Summer Camp is an exclusive, hands-on camp at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital for teens and students to learn more about DNA and genetics, where attendees get to extract real DNA from plant tissue, discover how working laboratories operate and visit operating rooms used to develop oncology treatment methods.
Stroller Science is an interactive program aimed at engaging families with younger children, particularly preschool-aged children and exposing them to science and encouraging them to explore the world of science. Science on Wheels one of the Science Center’s flagship community outreach programs and allows for the delivery of hands-on science discovery directly to the classroom.
The Arizona Science Center is located at 600 E Washington Street in Phoenix and is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Museum offers daily guided public tours that are included with admission led by experienced docents who explore the world of science.
The Arizona Science Center is home to the Awesome Atom’s Science Store, which sells a range of science-based educational items including games, puzzles, construction and science kits. The Fabulous Foods Lab Café serves delicious cuisine including burgers and fries, freshly prepared salads, fruit and yogurt and delicious sweet treats.
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600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-716-2000