Science On a Sphere Demonstrations

This dynamic exhibit was developed for weather and science research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).  Using cutting-edge computer technology and projectors, Science On a Sphere creates a fun and engaging learning experience for all grade levels. Your students will take a trip through space and explore the different worlds of our solar system; discover how scientists use satellites in different fields of study; travel with a great white shark on its 6,897 mile journey across the ocean. These experiences and so much more await you at Science Central’s Science On a Sphere.

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Science On a Sphere Demonstrations

Exploring Climate Change
Grades 2-4, 6

Climate change, it’s a term thrown around constantly by the media and scientific community. What does it really mean and how is it happening? Students will discuss the evidence that indicates the burning of fossil fuels is changing our world. Based on a Frame Works Institute method.

Science Standards: 2-4, 3-2, 4.2, 4-3, 6-3


Global Human Impacts
Grades 4

Humans are impacting our environment! Students will see how we are adding to our planet’s surface and atmosphere. Students will discuss if these additions have positive or negative impacts upon our society and planet.

Science Standards:  4th -2


Science Tech Talk
Grades 2-5

How do meteorologists study the weather? How do geologists keep track of earthquakes and study their aftereffects? Using Science On a Sphere, students will learn about different types of satellites and how each are used by different types of scientists.

Science Standards:  2nd -2, 4; 3rd-1; 4th -2; 5th -1, 2


Science Adventure: The Solar System
Grades 2, 5, 6

What makes up a solar system? What does it take to be classified as a planet? Is the sun a star? Students will find the answers to these questions and more as they become honorary space explorers and travel through our solar system.

Science Standards:  2nd -2; 5th -2; 6th -2


Telemetry: Tracking the Ocean's Animals
Grades 1, 2, 4

How do biologists track animals as they travel? Watch a great white shark make a 6,897 mile migration across the ocean and watch the movements of other ocean predators in this unique view of marine animals on Science On a Sphere. 

Science Standards:  1st -3; 2nd -3, 4; 4th -3


Water Falls: The Water Cycle
Grades 8

Water! It’s one of the things that makes our planet so unique. Students will explore how evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, and runoff play a part in moving water around our planet in the water cycle. This program is built around NASA’s Water Falls program.

Science Standards:  8th -2