Educational Programs

AMSE is happy to host a variety of educational events for all ages. To learn more and request an event, contact Glenda Bingham or call 865-294-4531, and check our events calendar for regularly scheduled programs.

Group Events

Enjoy a day at AMSE with a scheduled event for your group. Plan your event today!

Atoms and Atom Smashers

Experience the hair-raising excitement of the Van de Graaff generator!

A demonstration of the Van de Graaff generator, a hair-raising event exploring the basics of static electricity and the structure of the atom, presented in the auditorium.

All Ages (~45 minutes)
Free with admission

Magnetism

Feel the pull of magnetism as you measure different materials!

Using magnets and magnetometers, students will test the magnetic qualities of various materials.

Grades K - 3 (30-45 minutes)
$3 per student + admission

Nuclear Science Merit Badge Program (for Scouts)

Learn about the fascinating world of nuclear science and earn a merit badge!

Scouts complete most requirements to earn the Scout Nuclear Science Merit Badge. This program follows National Boy Scout guidelines and includes a video, lecture, and hands-on activities using Geiger counters and radioactive sources.

Minimum group size of 10 Scouts, Grades 6 - 12 (~5-6 hours)
$7 per scout

Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma

Become a matter expert and learn about different elemental states!

Through hands-on activities, students will examine the states of matter and witness changes in these states.

Grades K - 3 (30-45 minutes)
$3 per student + admission

Circuits

Spark your imagination while building electric circuits!

Using hand-held generators and wires, students will create electrical circuits and discover materials that are conductors and/or insulators.

Grades 3 - 6 (30-45 minutes)
$3 per student + admission

Sweet Heat

Keep your cool as we learn about heat and thermal insulators!

Following the scientific method, students will test the insulating qualities of various materials.

Grades 3 - 6 (30-45 minutes)
$3 per student + admission

Outreach Programs

Bring the fun and learning of AMSE to you! These programs feature one of our educators coming to your school for a personalized educational experience. Great for homeschoolers or anyone interested in learning from the comfort of their own classroom. Classes range from 1-2 hours and $75-$110 per class. Contact Pat Fitchpatrick for more information. Learn more about the outreach programs.

My Body and Me (Grades K-8)

Students will learn about the different body systems and how to take care of them. Hands-on activities include a life-sized intestine, X-Ray photos, listening to body sounds using a stethoscope, and an anatomy puzzle.

Our Microscopic World (Grades 3-8)

Various types of microscopes provide students with a close-up view of several microscopic organisms and their importance in our world.

You Are What You Eat (Grades K-8)

Students will learn about the digestive system with a 26-foot long intestine! The food and Exercise Pyramid, vitamins and minerals, and fat and sugar content in foods will be discussed. Students will make their own choices with artificial foods.

Chemistry, It’s Elemental (Grades 3-8)

Through hands-on modeling techniques, students will learn about matter, atoms, elements, mixtures, and compounds.

Electricity (Grades 3-8)

Students will learn about static and direct current electricity. Hands-on activities include making simple circuits, series and parallel circuits, and learning what substances are insulators and conductors.

Light (Grades 3-8)

Students will explore reflections, shadows, how light travels, and will observe a demonstration of a laser.

Magentism (Grades K-5)

This class gives students hands-on experience with magnets to learn about attraction and repulsion, magnetic versus non-magnetic materials, and how magnets are used in everyday life.

Sound (Grades 3-8)

Students will learn about vibration, pitch, volume, and how sound waves travel through hands-on activities.

Forces and Motion (Grades 3-8)

Hands-on activities make Newton’s Three Laws of Motion come to life! Students will learn about different forms of energy, friction, balance, and their application to everyday life.

Simple Machines (Grades 3-8)

This presentation provides hands-on experimentation with inclined planes, levers, wheels, springs, and compound machines.

Fun With Fossils (Grades 3-8)

Students will learn about fossils and historical geology, identify fossils in limestone hand specimens, and make a fossil mold. In addition to these activities, the 2-hour program includes wet sifting of fossil-laden clay from a local site.

Geology Rocks (Grades 3-8)

Students will learn about the layers of the earth, their composition, depth, temperatures, and their relation to minerals. Activities include testing 9 kinds of minerals and observing 15 kinds of rocks

Butterfly Bonanza (Grades K-8)

Students will learn about butterfly anatomy, life cycle, habitats, and monarch migration. During spring, summer, and early fall, students may go outside to catch butterflies and other insects.

Insects: Friend or Foe (Grades K-5)

This program features an introduction to the common order of insects, their physical characteristics, and incredible adaptability. Field activities involve collecting insects for identification and observation.

Skins and Skulls (Grades 3-8)

Students will learn about what animals eat by examining skulls, they will determine if the animal is an herbivore, omnivore, or carnivore. Mounted local wild animals are available for observation. Food webs, how animals move around, and how they protect themselves will be discussed. 

Spaced Out (Grades 3-8)

Students will discover how the earth, sun, and moon cause day and night, years, tides, and eclipses. They will be astonished by the relative sizes and distances of our planets!

What Weather (Grades 3-8)

Students will study cloud types, temperature, air pressure, wind speed, and direction, rainfall, humidity, and the meaning of highs, lows, and fronts. The two-hour program includes hurricane tracking.