While fireworks are an entertaining and beautiful part of the 4th of July holiday, there is quite a bit of science involved with their creation. Come learn all about this Star Spangled Science, this weekend!

Great Lakes Science Center (601 Erieside Ave Cleveland) will be full of Independence Day themed activities this Saturday Jun 30 and Sunday Jul 1. All extra activities are included with paid general admission!


Here is a full run down of the fun and exciting activities planned:

Red, White and Boom Science Spectacular

2:15 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday

Step outside onto the harbor and watch in wonder while exploring the chemistry and physics of things that go up, materials that change color and the science of things that go flash . . . and bang!


Watermelon Explosion

12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday, and 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Sunday

Nothing says summer like watermelon and fireworks. What happens when you combine a chemical reaction, the explosion of fireworks and a watermelon? Be sure to stop out and see for yourself in this explosively fun demonstration.


BASF Kids’ Lab: Rainbow Connection

11 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Explore the rainbow of colors that light up the night sky as fireworks explode. Guests of all ages will “ooh and ahh” while learning about color and chromatography in this fun, hands-on workshop using the pigments and dyes of rainbow candy, markers and more to make a colorful paper firework to take home!


Alka-Seltzer Rockets

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Have you ever wondered how fireworks get so high in the sky? Explore chemistry and physics while launching your own rocket using common fuel and stand back as your rocket soars into the sky.


Light-up Duck® Tape Wearable

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Let your imagination soar! Use Duck® Tape and LEDs to make a necklace, pin, hat, bracelet, or other piece of flair to wear as you shine the night away.


Dynamic Density Cart Activity

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Find out why some objects float while others sink while making a “patriotic density column” to help uncover the mysteries of how the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) helps make our Great Lake great!


To register today, visit http://greatscience.com/explore/camps-events-programs/star-spangled-science.

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