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/Classroom Programs


Can you use your creativity and ingenuity to find a solution to our challenge?

Block Engineering: Pyramids

Using simple machines, Egyptians created some of the greatest structures on earth. Create and pyramid out of blocks designed to hold your sacred treasures.

May 10, 3–5:00 p.m.

Block Engineering: Mazes

Many pyramids had secret doors and passageways to keep people away from their sacred treasures. Can you design a maze for a marble with tunnels, twists and turns that leads your marble to the Pharaoh’s tomb?

June 14, 3–5:00 p.m.

Platonic Solid Big Builds

Exlore 3D shapes while building large scale polyhedrons and polygons

July 19, 3–5:00 p.m.

Will it Fly?

Test out the properties of flight with our wind tube. Can you design something that travels fast and far?

July 26, 3–5:00 p.m.

Chemistry Under the Hood

Observe science in action underneath the chemistry fume hood.

Burning Steel

*This program starts at 3:30 p.m. and will last for 15 minutes.

May 18, 3:30 p.m.

Spontaneous Combustion

Highly combustible Oxygen just loves reacting with other chemicals. Watch spontaneous combustion in action under the hood. *this program starts at 3:30 and will last for 15 minutes.

June 15, 3:30 p.m.

Elements, Periodically

Celebrate the year of the Periodic Table by periodically exploring elements!

Sodium: Na

From a humble ingredient in table salt to a highly reactive element; we will explore the soft metal Sodium through chemistry experiments and visualizations.

June 29, 3:30 p.m.

Tin: Sn

A very versatile element, Tin has many uses; we will explore the element Tin through chemistry experiments and visualizations.

May 11, 3:30 p.m.

Iron: Fe

Iron, by mass, is the most common element on Earth forming much of Earth's outer and inner core. We will explore the element Iron through chemistry experiments and visualizations.

July 20, 3:30 p.m.

Real World STEM

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

4H Presents Forces in Motion

A force is a push or a pull on an object. This may be a seemingly simple concept but one that controls many aspects of our lives. Through the 4-H Rockets Away curriculum, youth will learn about the various forces that have helped us leap out of our past and will propel us into the future. Youth will experiment with self-propelled cars, air pressure rockets and aerodynamic gliders. Youth will have the opportunity to test out their devices and compete for the fastest, furthest and longest trials.

May 4, 11–3:00 p.m.

Celebrate National Math Festival with Geometric Bubble making

Can you imagine using a bubble wand and dish soap to make a square bubble? How about a cubic, spiral, saddle-shaped, wormhole, or parabolic-shaped bubble? With the Zometool Bubble Stations, everyone from young kids to grown-up mathematicians will find delight in exploring how the principle of “minimal surfaces” makes possible not just the round soap bubbles we all know from our childhoods, but—with differently shaped “bubble frames”—geometric soap bubbles of many surprising forms.

May 4, 10–5:00 p.m.

Is it Magic or is it Science?

Bill Crawford will perform a series of chemical demonstrations and science “tricks” to ohh and aww the crowd. Best suited for Ages 5-9.

June 8, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
July 13, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

The STEM Game Show

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+

June 22, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
July 27, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.


MimicEducationalRobots 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.

May 25, 11–5:00 p.m.