Strap on your goggles and slip into your lab coat for Kid*Vention, the Virginia Discovery Museum’s annual celebration of everything science! Located just a short walk from the Museum at the Key Recreation Center, this community event welcomes 1,000 visitors each year, and families are invited to explore a wide variety of scientific fields through hands-on demonstrations, experiments, games, and more. Meet dozens of local exhibitors as children are introduced to biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, physics, and zoology and inspired to explore the world around them.
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Meet our featured exhibitors for Kid*Vention 2018! Plus, be sure to check out our Countdown to Kid*Vention on Facebook starting Jan. 27 as we take a sneak peek at some of the things you’ll see at this year’s event.
Activity: The Stinky Game
Phew! What’s that smell? Use your nose to sniff out the source of the stinky odor as you discover an important energy source used in many people’s houses and learn ways you can practice natural gas safety at home and in the community.
Activity: Drill & Fill
Going to the dentist can be scary, but a visit to their table at Kid*Vention is sure to leave you smiling! Become a dentist for the day as you fill a “cavity” with playdough and discover dental tips to keep your own pearly whites healthy and happy.
Activity: Face Detectives
Calling all super sleuths! Follow short-story clues to help match which emotional expressions belong on a doll’s face as you learn how expressions become easier to interpret through contextual information.
Activity: Robot Rodeo
Giddy up! Drive a Finch Robot through a rodeo of obstacles – then program it to run the course on its own – as you learn how computers and programming can be used as tools to help solve everyday problems. Yee haw!
Activity: Critters in the Creek
The outdoors are coming inside! Meet some of the critters that live in the Rivanna River and discover why they are important to the health of the stream, monitor water for pH, temperature, and clarity, and examine bacteria under a microscope.
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