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Catawba Science Center

Catawba Science Center offers birthday parties (new party coming soon to go along with our Goosebumps traveling exhibit) and existing education programs and events.

 

Address: 234 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

 

Website: catawbascience.org

 

How to register: Please review GSCP2P's registration requirements before registering. Visit our online calendar for upcoming events or contact Toni Abernathy at Catawba Science Center by calling 828-455-9931 or e-mailing camps@catawbascience.org to register your troop for additional opportunities.

 

Programs On Demand


Germs Alive!

 Daisy   Brownie   Junior

  • Wash your hands while singing the "germ song."
  • Play Germ Magnet with your troop. Wash your hands again afterward.
  • Conduct the sneeze demonstration.
  • Conduct the mucus demonstration with your troop.
  • Grow a mold culture. Show what formed at a troop meeting.
  • Make a clean room chart, and do your chores for at least one week.

Cost: $9 per girl, $7 per adult, Outreach: $150 + mileage

Group Size: Onsite 20 girl minimum, Outreach 24 girl maximum

 

Super Science

 Daisy    Brownie    Junior

  • Make static electricity by rubbing a balloon or a plastic or rubber comb on a fleece blanket or wool sweater.
  • Conduct a balloon or other static electricity investigation that demonstrates properties of static electricity.
  • Conduct one other static electricity investigation.
  • Do a sink-or-float investigation.
  • Do a color-morphing investigation.
  • Do a color-layering investigation.

Cost: $9 per girl, $7 per adult, Outreach: $150 + mileage

Group Size: Onsite 20 girl minimum, Outreach 24 girl maximum

 

Earth Rocks

 Daisy    Brownie    Junior

  • Explain the meaning of the word “geology.”
  • Explain why this kind of science is an important part of your world.
  • Look for different kinds of rock or minerals while on a rock hunt with your family or troop.
  • Identify the rocks you see on your rock hunt. Use the information in your handbook to determine which types of rocks you have collected.
  • With a magnifying glass, take a closer look at your collection. Determine any differences between your specimens.
  • With your family or troop, make a mineral test kit, and test rocks according to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
  • Record the results in your handbook.
  • With your family or troop, identify on a road map of your state some geological features in your area.
  • Identify some of the geological building materials used in building your home.
  • Identify some of the geological materials used around your community.

Cost: $9 per girl, $7 per adult, Outreach: $150 + mileage

Group Size: Onsite 20 girl minimum, Outreach 24 girl maximum