Demonstrations

HSC offers a variety of demonstrations. Staff are trained and lead the demonstration for the group. It's a great way to learn more about these topics.
In-house demonstrations are $3.00 per person with a minimum charge of $60.00 per demonstration. Hands-on group programs are $4.00 per person with a $60.00 minimum.

In-house: Combustion

Fire! It has fascinated human-kind for all of history. Whether seen as a life-giving tool or death-dealing disaster, its power is a force we can all relate to. In this demonstration clouds of fire flash into the air, metals burn and balloons explode. All of these phenomena and more are woven into a discussion of the basic nature of a chemical reaction using combustion as an example. Ages 9 and up.

In-house: Cryogenics or States of Matter

This is a demonstration of conditions, substances, and processes at extremely low temperatures. Using liquid nitrogen, the presenter shows how substances change from solid to liquid gas, describes the nature and importance of thermal energy in matter, illustrates the behavior of heat, demonstrates how substances change when their temperature is varied by hundreds of degrees. Ages 8 and up.

In-house: Animal Menagerie

This demonstration introduces visitors to the live animals on display at the Science Center. Discussion includes the care and feeding of animals as pets, proper handling techniques, and interesting facts. All ages.

In-house: Raptors Rule

This is an exciting opportunity to get a close-up view of live raptors and learn about the characteristics that make raptors different from other birds. Learn about various raptors found in Minnesota and their habitats. Learn what you can do to help preserve the environment and protect these spectacular creatures. All ages.

In-house: Starlab

This is a portable planetarium where people observe the night sky at any time of the day! Learn about stars, constellations, and planets and how they appear in the night sky on any day and hour of the year. With Starlab, up to 20 star-gazers can study subjects ranging from constellations of different cultures, the positions and motions of planets, telling time with the stars, navigating by the sky, cycles of the sun and moon, the reason for seasons, and other facets of astronomy. See the STARLAB® home page for detailed information. Ages 8 and up.

In-house: Sound and Light

We will ponder the characteristics and behaviors of sound and light and the mechanisms by which they are produced, propagated, and detected. Sound is a wave which is created by vibrating objects and propagated through a medium from one location to another. Light is said to travel in both a wavelike manner and a particle-like manner. This is called the wave-particle duality which states that photons do have a mass and travel along on a wave. We will explore the nature of each and provide an entertaining sound and light show to bring us to a sensory crescendo. Ages 10 and up.

In-house: Pushes and Pulls

This program demonstrates forces and how simple machines multiply them. Ages 8 and up.

In-house: Unique Properties of Water

Learn all about water and why it does such amazing things. Ages 12 and up.

Hands-on: Simple Circuits

This program demonstrates forces and how simple machines multiply them. Ages 8 and up.

Hands-on: Mineral Detectives

Can you use tools and observations to determine what minerals are in the tray? Students are asked to identify five minerals using simple tools and physical properties such as color, streak, luster, and hardness. Meets 3rd- and 4th-grade physical science standards.

Hands-on: Project STEM

Five hands-on activities for only $500! 

Up to three hours of engaging activities, plus HSC staff and all the supplies. Perfect for in-school, field trips, youth program days, or special community events.

Hands-on: Custom

Are you looking for something specific for your class or group? 

Give us a call – we have other programs not listed here that might be a good fit! Please give us at least 3 weeks advance notice for a special request.
413 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 (218) 444-4472

Admission: 
Children (2-11 years old):  $6.00 
Adults (12+ years old):  $9.00
Seniors (65+ years old):  $8.00 
Military:  $8.00

Hours: 
Monday - Saturday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM*
Sundays: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
*Seasonal closing: Tuesdays (September through March)
*Holiday closings: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
*Also closed annually for e-cubed fundraiser.

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