Building Brainstorm features hands-on activities that explore the creative architectural design process and encourage collaborative problem-solving. Plan a dream home or a dog house, build a skyscraper model, find the best layout of an apartment model’s rooms and furniture, and much more. This area also features our Rigamajig — a collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope which allows visitors to follow their curiosity through play. Building Brainstorm is generously supported by CS Structures, Morrison-Maierle Systems, and A&E Architects.
Check out our poikilotherms (cold-blooded animals) in Critter Corner! Featuring reptiles, arachnids, snakes and more like Scooter the Axolotl, Gourdy the Pumpkin Patch Tarantula and Maize the Corn Snake. Animal feedings happen at approximately 11am every day. Critter Corner includes plant and insect basics such as a worm compost bin and information on how we breed fruit flies to feed all of the animals.
How old are rocks? Where do fossils come from? What is topography and what do the contour lines on a map represent? Discover how different layers of the earth reveal answers to these questions through our augmented reality sandbox and fossil display. Fossil collection curated and donated by Bill MacBride.
Discover light, light waves and how they are used to solve real world problems - like self driving cars - in today's world. Thirteen different exhibits allow you to explore the world of light through lasers, holograms, prisms, color and more.
Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. This exhibit is currently on display at the Gallatin Valley Mall, across the street from the Science Center.
Set your world in motion! Send parachutes soaring high in the Wind Tunnel; test gravity, velocity, and trajectory at the Ball Ramp; launch a rocket to the moon, and create a colorful pattern with our giant spirograph. Can you find the sweet spot on our Balance Board? Is it possible to blow a square bubble?
The STEAMlab provides open-ended learning, supervised by STEAMlab staff, with explorations into laser cutting, 3D printing, machine take-apart, robotics, & more! Make your really great idea into a real thing!
A collaboration between two Bozeman schools: Peak Academy and Bozeman Field School, Wild Alaska explores the effects of climate change on our nation's largest and most diverse state. Through the eyes of students in grades 4-12, discover the variety of organisms that live in Alaska's 32 diverse ecosystems: hear sounds the students heard during their trip; read from their science journals and pretend to fish on one of Alaska's many streams. Learn about this big, vast and glorious state!