DIY Science in Nashville - Adventure Science Center


Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D printing workshops, summer camps and more!

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 We are open Thursdays - Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., allowing limited guests enter the museum per hour. We strongly encourage buying your tickets in advance.
We will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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DIY Science

We are proud to offer fun DIY science experiments the whole family can enjoy! We hope you'l have fun digging into the subjects below, and we can't wait to see you at the museum.

Please consider making a donation to support the museum's mission during the COVID-19 closure.

Digging Into Our Past

When you drive into our parking lot and step out of your car, you may not stop to think about who or what was on this site over 150 years ago. I bet you can guess that it wasn’t an awesome pyramid or amazing science center! Did you know that our museum sits atop an archaeological site? Federal and state laws preserve and protect archaeological sites, so as we make plans to break ground and plant trees for our new arboretum (more information on that exciting development coming soon), it is... Read More
Posted by Adventure Science Center at 4/6/21


Learn about the science behind ice cream while making this delicious summer treat! Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 5/25/20


During this period of social distancing and quarantine, board games are a great way to engage with your family or virtually with your friends! Your challenge is to design a board game that can be played either in-person with your family or virtually with a friend.    Step 1:  Watch the 10 Steps to Design a Board Game video from Jamey Stegmayer, a professional board game designer. What STEM skills and habits do you see in these steps?   Step 2 :... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 5/25/20


    Automobile manufacturers across the world are working to design and build cars that are energy-efficient and emit less pollution into the air, while still allowing the driver to go long distances.    Your challenge is to create a car out of recycled materials that can move on its own without a battery or motor. You also cannot push or pull the car. The goal is to have a vehicle travel at least 15 feet.   Step 1: Watch the Science Max Rocket... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 5/18/20


Engineers that build subways, trains, or theme park rides need to understand the science behind their creation. How fast and high can the ride go while still ensuring the safety of the passengers? Your challenge is to design a roller coaster for a marble with several chutes, turns, and a high elevation (height). The key is to ensure that the passengers (marble) makes it through the roller coaster without falling off. If you do not have a marble at home, you could design a roller... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 5/11/20


Uncover some mysteries of DNA with this DIY strawberry science experiment with Jason! Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 5/5/20


Getting your child to eat fruit and vegetables can be a chore. This activity teaches little ones that certain foods are not only healthy and helpful for her body but they also taste good too! Have your preschooler look through grocery ads, cut out different foods and make a healthy meal on a paper plate. Using scissors will help boost fine motor skills, essential for success in kindergarten, too! You will need: Printed grocery ads Scissors Glue... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 4/30/20


Click here to download the star chart! After sunset The first bright point you’ll see as the sky begins to darken is the planet Venus. Like the other planets, Venus does not produce its own light, but reflects the light of the Sun — and its clouds are highly reflective. Because it orbits closer to the Sun than Earth, Venus goes through phases, much like our Moon does! Although you won’t see it with your unaided eyes, a small telescope will reveal that Venus... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 4/30/20

SQUID DISSECTION, with Jason Moeller

Okay, so we know you probably don't have a squid to dissect at home, but you can follow along with Jason in this super cool, up close science demonstration!   Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 4/29/20


  Bird feeders allow people to study birds and provide food for birds when their  source is limited.Your challenge is to design a bird feeder designed to feed and protect birds that are local to Nashville!   Step 1: Select a bird that is native to Tennessee using the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website .    Step 2: Read about your selected bird's habitat, diet, and unique physical features.   Step 3: Using the ... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 4/29/20


  Adventure Science Center's Innovation Incubator staff Megan Kelley and Jay Greer have been creating personal protective equipment for both local and national distribution by using the museum's 3D printers and personal sewing machines. The staff have created several earsavers for Nashville General Hospital and pocket masks for MedThreads Nashville Volunteers. The next batch of masks are destined for the Seeding Masks initiative to equip Native nations in need and... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 4/27/20


It's Maker Monday! Design a Lifejacket Challenge When building ships and submarines, engineers need to know the density of materials to make sure their structures float. Today, your challenge is to design a life-jacket to allow a common household object to float.  Step 1:  Test six household objects to determine which types of objects sink and float. Complete the Float or Sink Exploration document. What do you notice about the objects... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 4/22/20


During this time of school closures and social distancing, it can be a challenge to feel connected to your friends, families, and communities. Your challenge is to invent a way to help someone feel appreciated. The person must be separated from you physically or at a distance of 20 feet to prevent spread of Covid-19.   Step 1: Watch the Challenge Launch video.   Step 2:   Collect items around your house to help with the design. Use the Engineering Design... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 4/19/20

KTICHEN PANDEMIC, EP. 4, with Jason Moeller

In this episode of the Kitchen Pandemic, Jason will show us all about air pressure using balloons, mugs and cups! Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 4/17/20