Check out our Robotics exhibits! You'll find all sorts of interactive robotic units, including a health robot, underwater exploration units, and so much more!
Engineering, Physics, and Electricity
What makes airplanes stay in the air? How can an airflow create a vortex? How fast does wind blow during a hurricane? Experiment with our new Augmented Reality Wall, air cannon, Hurricane Simulator, and more to find the answer! Coming play with our newest exhibit: an interactive Pendulux!
Color, Light, and Sound
Come see this exhibit to learn more about the properties of color and light! From using the light spectrum to create music, a whirling kaleidoscope of light color and modern technology are on display in the center. Bonus--see if you can create a bubble bigger and taller than you in our Big Bubbles exhibit to explore the light and color properties of bubbles. You can also create a colorful masterpiece on our giant LiteZilla courtesy of the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council or create your own tune on our Music Table courtesy of UWF.
SMALLab Learning Courtesy of Impact100 of Northwest Florida
Ever wondered how much fun it would be to have your entire family play on a room-sized iPad? Join us at the Emerald Coast Science Center to experience just that with our brand new SMALLab exhibit! SMALLab is an embodied learning environment where every person is up, moving, and collaborating. Movement is tracked by motion capture cameras, allowing you to walk around on a 15-foot by 15-foot playing field to complete activities.
Your family can work together to solve puzzles, create stories and character plots, study the world, and paint digital masterpieces with this innovative programming. With SMALLab, our classroom becomes the fraction, letter, molecule, paintbrush, or playing piece in hundreds of educational activities—all so much fun kids don’t even realize they’re learning!
This super fun, super interactive method allows children to collaborate and learn as they move. With lessons over science, language, arts, and more, SMALLab lessons give families a unique, innovative way to learn together. SMALLab programming can be tooled to fit a wide variety of age ranges, from age 2 to 102—so everyone in the family will enjoy going beyond the screen and immersing themselves in science with SMALLab.
Be sure to bring your socks—we throw shoes and most of the rules to the side when SMALLab is involved. Playing in socks allows us to keep our SMALLab mat in good shape, and kids always have fun kicking off their shoes and playing in SMALLab. Words simply can’t describe this cutting-edge exhibit, so experience the magic of SMALLab firsthand!
*Due to the nature of the SMALLab exhibit, it is not continuously open. Be sure to check it out on our Discover Science Saturdays and during our summer schedule. SMALLab is great for field trips, special events, and parties, too.
Creature Features, Chemistry Corner, and the STEAM Machine--summer only!
Stop by every Wednesday through Friday at 11 a.m. to get an up-close encounter with a few of our critters! Safely interact with our animals and learn about the creatures that call the museum home in these fun presentations. Creature Features run June 2, 2021 through September 3, 2021.
We're also featuring stunning chemistry demonstrations each Friday during our new Chemistry Corner. Enjoy a visual Chem Demo at 11:30 a.m. followed by fun, hands-on chemistry activities from 12-1 p.m.where you get to be the Mad Scientist! Check out Chemistry Corner June 4, 2021 through September 3, 2021.
All aboard the STEAM Machine! Join our newest summer program every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Enjoy different activities every week, from human and animal biology, to virology, chemistry, and more. Explore creative ways to solve challenges with the whole family. For our upcoming schedule of activities, visit our events page. STEAM Machine activities will be held June 2, 2021 through July 29, 2021.
Emerald Coast Ecosystem Exhibit
This exhibit, courtesy of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, features brand new exhibits in 2020! The Ecosystem Room houses interactive elements including a sensory pool noodle ocean, watershed tilt table, and a state-of-the-art augmented reality sandbox where guests can create watershed models and experiment with virtual rainfall. All of these exhibits contain information regarding our watershed, our local waterways, and our indigenous species found in theses waterways.
Mini Makers and Experimenters Lab
Your youngest explorers will go wild for our new lab! All activities and exhibits in our Mini Makers Lab are geared toward preschool-aged learners. With numerous hands-on activities, your toddlers will have a blast learning and exploring the basics of STEM. This room is courtesy of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council.
We love the great outdoors, and we have several new outdoor exhibits for guests to enjoy. Thanks to generous donations from Legendary Marine, Whitworth Builders, and Navarre Lumber, you can have an epic high-seas adventure on our new Marine Exhibit. You'll be able to climb aboard our boat and learn how vessels stay afloat in water, how radio communication is made possible on board, and even the engineering behind boat building. Feeling more like making a discovery of mammoth proportions? Stop by our Dino Dig Pit courtesy of Wild Willy's Adventure Zone, GCF Concrete, and Woerner Landscape. Grab your tools and see what creatures lie beneath the sand as you try your hand at paleontology. Be sure to stroll by our aviary, turtle ponds, and tortoise enclosure while you're outside. Play a game of giant checkers and enjoy some fresh air. You can also venture out to our treehouse, Fort Audubon, courtesy of The Shops at Wright Plaza, to see what nature discoveries you can find on your visit.
Our Makerspace is open every rd Saturday of the month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Makerspace events and pricing vary, please see our schedule of events for each month's activities. This is not a drop off program, but something for families and groups to enjoy together. The Makerspace is where design, research, engineering, art, mathematics, and science come to life.Spaces are on a first come, first served basis and limited to 20 guests in order to provide enough materials, so please give us a call at 850-664-1261 to reserve your family's spot.
Sea Turtle Sanctuary
This exhibit, courtesy of the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council, allows guests to learn more about sea turtles, their health, and conservation efforts while providing a firsthand look at what it is like for sea turtles in our region. You can help out our "turtles" as you try your hand at becoming a sea turtle conservationist, dive in and play as a sea turtle on an app, and don't miss our interactive sea floor! Guests can even track turtles with assistance from the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Explore the final frontier! Check out our rotating NISE Network kits in the main gallery space. Explore the universe and learn things like how stars form from the dust and gas that exists in space clumping together, discover how gravitational attraction in space works, and more. Check out life on Mars with Orboot, and With the Reach Across the Stars app, you can discover female scientists that have made epic discoveries in the universe in numerous fields of study.Looking for more space exploration? Be sure to check out our Planetarium Nights the first and third Thursdays of the month.
Design, Research, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Science: anything is possible in our DREAMS Lab. The DREAMS Lab is home to numerous interactive kits to help guests learn about a wide range of scientific topics. In the Lab, guests can take out various educational kits to learn about nature, science, physics, and so much more
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
Learn about a variety of dinos: large, small, and in between with our dinosaur skull replicas. Check out Orboot to learn where these creatures lived, what they looked like, and more.