Our philosophy starts with the simple belief that kids are capable of incredible things. Our job is to nurture that ability; our goal is to support kids' healthy development. Play is how kids learn--here, it is in both a STEM-rich environment and inviting outdoor experience.
© Heather Reardon
© Erin Ash Sullivan
Be enlightened! Play with properties of light as you bounce, color, block, and bend it using mirrors, prisms, lenses, colored filters, and more. Mix colors with spinning tops, write your name in light, and even capture your own shadow as you discover a whole new world!
In this Exhibit
Freeze your shadow on a phosphorescent wall with a flash of light. Cooperate with a friend to create unique shadows and add details with light pens.
Look at a creative collage of colorful objects, from scallop shells to amethysts, that represent the full spectrum of visible light. Use color filters in the Light Boxes below to change the color of familiar objects and peer into the Ultraviolet Viewer to see minerals and other everyday objects in "black" light.
Bend and refract parallel beams of light using right angle, convex, and concave lenses. Project and enlarge images using filters and magnifiers.
Experiment with mirrored curves and angles transform distorted images into recognizable pictures and 2-D patterns into 3-D shapes.