Robotics for Kids!

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come experience the amazing world of robots! This is a fantastic introduction to robotics and engineering, and great preparation for participating in local robotics clubs and classes. Staff from the Museum of Flight and student representatives from local robotics clubs will be onsite 12-4pm leading hands-on activities. No registration necessary to participate in these activities. From 2-4pm, the Museum of Flight will lead a “Robot Garage” workshop. You’ll learn about the history of robotics along with the cutting edge robots currently being developed around the world. You’ll also design your own robot to complete a challenge. This free workshop is for 4th grade and up and no experience is necessary. Space is limited so registration is required. Please register at https://robotgarage.eventbrite.com. 

Incredible Edible Aquifers

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

It’s National Groundwater Awareness Week, which spotlights one of the world’s most important resources. Groundwater is essential to the health of people and the environment, and it’s the source of our drinking water here in Thurston County. Enjoy a variety of groundwater-related arts, crafts, and activities throughout the day. Also, build an edible aquifer out of ice cream and cookies between 1pm and 3pm.

Nature's Engineers

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

What do beavers, salmon, bears, bumblebees, and construction managers all have in common? They are all engineers of their ecosystems! Come and learn about the amazing organisms around the Pacific Northwest that shape our environment. Presentation begins at 2pm, followed by a hands on building activity.

Columbian Mammoths & Sabertooth Salmon: The Megafauna of Pleistocene Washington

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

During the Pleistocene Epoch, Washington was shaped by glaciers creeping across the land. Who could survive in this often frozen landscape? Come for a 2pm presentation to learn about the giant animals that made Washington their home once upon a time, including mammoths and sabertooth tigers. We’ll also learn about some of the earliest human settlements during this epoch and what archeologists know about life for our prehistoric neighbors.

Brilliant Biomimicry: Taking Advice from our Environment

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

From airplanes to wind turbines, learn about amazing creations mimicked from nature. Through observations of our natural environment, scientists have created some of the most important inventions of our lifetime. Presentation begins at 2pm, followed by a hands-on STEM building activity designed to stimulate the creative mind. Other related activities will be available all day in the classroom.

Puget Sound We Love You

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Get creative and celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun art projects expressing your love for Puget Sound and all the amazing creatures living there. Or design a card for that special someone in your life. 

Sensory-Friendly Sunday

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

We are excited to offer our first Sensory-Friendly Sunday in partnership with South Sound Parent to Parent. The WET Science Center can sometimes feel crowded, loud, and bright. We are opening the WET Center on a Sunday to kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences with the goal of offering a comfortable and accepting environment. Guests can enjoy tactile activities, crafts, hand fidgets, a book nook, and all of our hands-on exhibits. A limited number of noise cancelling headphones and other sensory supports will be available. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and we will offer a quiet space for taking a break. Also, meet professionals, advocates, and Helping Parents through South Sound Parent to Parent’s resource table. Event runs 12-4pm and is free.

Eight Arms, Three Hearts, One Saturday: Discovering Octopuses

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

You may be asking: is it octopuses or octopi? Just how smart are they? How do they change the color and texture of their skin? During this engaging 2pm presentation, we’ll find out the answers to these questions and more while exploring octopus adaptations through hands-on activities. We’ll also create octopus-inspired artwork all day in our classroom. 

Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

If you’re curious about our northwest amphibians then this fun, informative workshop with Stream Team and herpetologist Dr. Marc P. Hayes is for you! You’ll explore the ecology, habitat needs, and unique characteristics of local species. Space is limited. To register for this 9:30-11am workshop, or the egg mass identification field training following the workshop, visit www.streamteam.info and click on “Register.” WET Center visitors can explore the world of amphibians through arts, crafts, and inspirational media throughout the day.

Shake, Rattle & Roll – Exploring Pacific Northwest Earthquakes

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Rocking! Ripping! Jolting! Shaking! This is what happens when tectonic plates collide and separate. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that runs from Northern California to Vancouver Island, is a big crack in the Earth’s crust that is part of the infamous Pacific Ring of Fire. Bring the family to the WET Center to make your own “earthquake wave box” and learn about plate tectonics, geologic history, and seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Presentation begins at 2pm and is best for ages 10 and up. Related activities in the classroom all day.

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