Demonstration Descriptions
The Edgerton Explorit Center annually serves 36,000 people at our center in Aurora, Nebraska and an additional 140,000 students, teachers and parents in schools in all 93 counties of Nebraska with our Edgerton On The Move program (EOTM).  EOTM programming takes our award-winning science curriculum on the road with options that include science demonstrations, classroom labs, traveling hands-on science exhibits and the expertise of our highly skilled and trained education staff.

Demonstration Descriptions

Building Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday - Saturday, 1:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday


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STOPPING TIME

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Doc Edgerton's magical strobe light is the star of this entertaining and educational half-hour show.  Students are encouraged to participate in the fun while they learn about stop-motion photography and other wonders of the strobe.   Children and adults alike are amazed at what is revealed when simple everyday events appear frozen in time. A dark room is needed for this show.

* Please note for students with special medical conditions such as epilepsy may not be able to see this demonstration as strobe lights may cause seizures.

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ARCTIC BLAST

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Have an "arctic blast" learning about the three states of matter! We explain what is cold, what boiling means, and the students will get to enjoy a few small explosions along the way.  One of our most popular demonstrations, Arctic Blast works well for all ages.

SPARKS

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Sparks fly -- and so does the fun -- when students meet the Van de Graaf generator during this exploration of static electricity.  Participants learn the foundations of electricity while taking part in simple experiments, some of which are even a little "shocking" and "hair-raising" but always fun! A dark room preferred for this demonstration.

GOOD VIBRATIONS

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Explore the science of sound in this 30-minute demonstration.  We'll make terms such as pitch, frequency and wavelength crystal clear, and show how our ears don't hear all sounds that reach them. We present dramatic demonstrations of how you can not only hear, but actually see sound waves -- one of which involves our new and amazing Rubens' Tube!

FUN IN THE SUN

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In this outdoor demonstration, we'll shed light on our nearest star! How big is it, and large does it appear in our sky? (You'll be surprised!) Does it give off types of light we can't see? We'll look at our Sun safely through special telescopes, revealing details such as sunspots, prominences, and much more. An illuminating show!  Sunny skies and comfortable outdoor temperatures needed to present this show; indoor and outdoor demonstration available in case of inclement weather.

PSI

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Investigate the surprising power of air pressure and vacuums!   We will blow you away with demonstrations such as imploding cans and squeezing eggs into bottles.  Experience the true weight of the atmosphere pushing us from above. 

GO SHOW

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Take a wild ride into forces and Newton's laws of motion!  From simple sleds to steam-powered engines to hydrogen balloons to hovercraft, this show is a "moving" experience.

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AMAZING BUBBLES

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Making bubbles is both lots of fun and educational! This entertaining demonstration reveals the science behind bubbles while using the scientific method.  What are bubbles made of? What shapes do they come in?  And best of all, have you ever been inside a bubble? Would you like to be?

SPACEFLIGHT EXPLORERS

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Investigate the science of spaceflight: how we get into space (and where space begins), and how living the working in space is different compared to back on Earth. We'll even perform an astronaut training exercise! Many materials in this show are supplied by NASA's Spaceflight Explorers program. Don't be fooled by the subject -- you'll learn a lot about science on Earth as well as in space.

ACIDS, BASES AND CARBON - The ABCs of Chemistry

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A wild intro to chemistry and chemical reactions! When compounds break up - and new ones form - all kinds of interesting events can happen: color changes, explosions and more. A large, well-ventilated space is a requirement; we don't want to set off any smoke alarms! Safety is emphasized throughout this entertaining show.

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PORTABLE PLANETARIUM

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An interactive tour of the night sky with longtime astronomer and Edgerton Educator, Dan Glomski. This is a great way to educate students about the upcoming total solar eclipse that will take place on August 21st, 2017. You won't want to miss this 30 minute demonstration!

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