START A SMILE CHALLENGE

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are closed until further notice. Summer camps will still be in session, starting on June 15. Learn how you can support the museum during our closure here.

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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

 Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.
Closed on September 9 - 10, 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.

START A SMILE CHALLENGE

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 Process Guide to help you map out your design and then prototype, test and improve your solution. 
 
Step 3: Write a short (150 words or less) essay describing your solution and how it will make someone smile while maintaining distance. 
 
Step 4: Upload a photo of your design and your short essay to the Start a Smile contest page. Learn more and submit a photo and short essay of your solution to the challenge site below. 
 
Step 5: Ask your parents to share your design and essay on social media using #MakerMondayTN and #LearningInPlaceTN!
 
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Posted by Courtney Cotton at 11:30 PM
800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
615-862-5160
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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