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 (held in the STEM Lab)

Drawing from Nature

October 19 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
December 8 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Learn to look close and draw inspiration from the natural world, while learning some drawing techniques from a working artist.

Observational Drawing with Mary Lou Holt

September 28 & November 9 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Learn to look close and draw inspiration from the natural world, while learning some drawing techniques from a working artist.

Elements, Periodically

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

Oxygen: Oozing Pumpkins

October 27 | 3 p.m.

H2O2 is the chemical formula for hydrogen peroxide which looks like ordinary water (H2O), but the addition of that extra oxygen atom turns the molecule into an extremely powerful oxidizer. Watch what happens when this exothermic reaction takes place inside a pumpkin!

Cincy STEM

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


October 6 | 1 – 5 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.

Raptor, Inc. Presents: Beaks and Talons with special guest Jordan West

October 12 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

RAPTOR Inc.’s mission includes cultivating respect for nature in our community and educating the public about the importance of raptors in the environment. Up close and personal, you can see and learn about the adaptations which make birds of prey supreme hunters of the sky and will describe raptor diets, habitats, nesting habits and their role in the food web. Artifacts (such as wings, feet, pellets, etc.) will be available for touching and raptor vocalizations will be played. Stick around after the presentation to view the work of local wildlife photographer Jordan West.

Celebrate National Chemistry Week with the ACS!

October 25 & 26 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore “Marvelous Metals” and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Mendeleev’s periodic Table of Chemical Elements. These demonstrations will feature the elements and what their properties are and how useful they are to all of us – especially nitrogen (N), carbon (C), oxygen (O), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), and iron (Fe).

Is it Magic or is it Science?

November 23 & December 28 | 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

December 21 | 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+.

4H Pumpkin Party

November 17 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join OSU Extension, Hamilton County 4-H and explore the world of squash. Dissect, inspect, and roast seeds while learning about this versatile, nutritious and seasonally available fruit. You’ll have the opportunity to inspect your dissected specimens at 800X magnification, pick up some new recipes and enjoy a small taste test.

Kitchen Lab

Discover the science behind the foods we eat.

Foods up Close

November 3 & December 28 | 3:30 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.

Tortilla Guess Who

January 25 | 11 a.m.

Learning the process of making tortillas and its effects on the human body