Step into STEM

Everything you see in the Museum of Natural History & Science has its roots in STEM fields. From carbon dating dinosaur bones, to figuring out Cincinnati's location on the globe 200 million years ago, to the Apollo program, everywhere you look you'll see examples of the great things people can accomplish with STEM. Get started in STEM, or go deeper than you have time for in school, by visiting the museum's STEM Lab. The lab's amenities include a fume hood and gas connection, which allows for explosively interesting chemistry demonstrations, touchscreen televisions and a ton of space to test your own mad methodology.

Keep an eye on our events calendar for Elements, Periodically programs, where we celebrate the entire periodic table, element by element; Chemistry Under the Hood; and Open STEM Labs, where anything can happen.

STEM Lab Programs

Kitchen Lab

Discover the science behind the foods we eat.

Foods up Close

February 22, March 15 and April 11 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Can you guess what foods you are looking at under a microscope? Discover some of the foods we eat on the cellular level, and compare the make-up of healthy and not so healthy fruit.

Cincy STEM

Find inspiration from people and community groups working in STEM as they activate the lab through engaging programs.

Chick Quest: Hatch Watch 2020

March 24–27 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What can we learn from a chick? Find out as we embark on ChickQuest and help monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks when the hatch. Chicks should hatch within the week!


Mimic Educational Robots

April 18 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mimic Educational Robots is a local Cincinnati company that designs and manufactures educational robots for all ages and abilities that strives to be involved with the community by bring robotics and programming to as many people as possible.


Tic-Tac-Whoa!

April 18 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Explore the mathematical world of tic-tac-toe. Can a pile of boxes learn how to play? Can you predict exactly how your game will end? Can tic-tac-toe disguise itself as a different game?


Is it Magic or is it Science?

February 8 | 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Bill Crawford will perform a series of chemical demonstrations and science “tricks” to oooh and ahhh the crowd. Is it magic or science? You decide. Best suited for ages 5-9.


The STEM Game Show

February 29 | 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Bill will perform science experiments that pop, smoke, stink, glow, fizz, and change color; the audience’s challenge is to vote if it is a chemical or physical change. Join us for this highly interactive hour of STEM. Best suited for ages 10+


Chemists Celebrate Earth Week: Protecting Our Planet through Chemistry

April 24 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Earth Day was first officially recognized on April 22, 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for a healthy environment, raise awareness about environmental issues, and remind people that we all need to contribute to a sustainable planet. For years, chemists have been promoting a better world through recyclable plastics, cleaner-burning fuels, phosphate-free detergents, environmental monitoring, and green chemistry initiatives.