Franklin Institute Science Series

Lamar Franklin Institute Science Series


The SCC’s Franklin Institute Traveling Science Series is the ULTIMATE destination for your Spring field trip -- It’s educational, interactive and best of all, it's FREE!! Reserve your seats today, because these tickets going at the speed of light….and that’s FAST!

The Scranton Cultural Center's presentation of The Franklin Institute Science Series is the ULTIMATE destination for your Spring field trip!  It's educational, interactive, and best of's FREE!   All shows are ideal for students in 2nd through 8th grade! Thanks to generous donations provided through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), the full cost of your tickets has been subsidized.  This year, we are asking that all schools and home school groups consider making a donation to the Scranton Cultural Center, so that we may continue to offer free and reduced- cost Educational Programming for years to come.  Thank you for your ongoing support and patronage!


Cost: FREE
Performance Length: Approximately 50 mins
Suggested Grade Levels: 2nd- 8th Grade

 With questions, please contact SCC Arts and Education Outreach Manager, Camille Reinecke at or (570) 346-7369 ext.100!

2020 Traveling Science Shows:


Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10am - Weather

Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We will discuss the water cycle, explore thunder and lightning, and even make a cloud. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate how tornados are formed!

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Science concepts: water cycle, thermodynamics, air masses, fronts

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10am - Flight  Explore the exciting history of flight From Leonardo da Vinci to the space shuttle. Investigate the Bernoulli principle, and learn how airplane wings provide lift. Mechanical birds, hot air balloons, gliders, and even a rocket launch are used to demonstrate the forces of flight.

                Pre-Show Activities  |  Post-Show Activities

Science concepts: air pressure, forces of flight, aviation history

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10am - Chemistry  Kaboom! The Chemistry show explores everything from everyday chemistry to the chemical “detective” work performed by laboratory scientists.

                Pre-Show Activities  |  Post-Show Activities 

Science concepts: physical/chemical changes, acids and bases, polymers, combustion

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 10am - Motions and Machines

Roll, slide, and spin! Investigate the basic physics of motion in this interactive show. We’ll use rubber balls, bricks, and wooden blocks to introduce and understand Newton’s Laws of Motion. Then, witness these laws in action in a lever, pulley, and student-driven hover car.

                Pre-Show Activities  |  Post-Show Activities 

Science concepts: Newton’s Laws of Motion, simple machines, friction

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10am - Electricity  Your students’ hair will stand on end as we unravel the mysteries of electricity. Explore static and current electricity. Watch as electricity travels through the air to power fluorescent light bulbs—turning students into a human “circuit.”

                Pre-Show Activities  |  Post-Show Activities

Science concepts: static and current electricity, electrons, magnetism