By Leigh Ann Woodruff

New Sportsology Exhibit, SciCamps, Special Programming and More!

You won’t want to miss all the exciting things going on at SciWorks this summer! From a new exhibit that encourages visitors to engage with the science of sports to one-day and five-day SciCamps and special programming such as Bird Bonanza and Winston-Salem Open Day, there is plenty for kids and families to see and do at SciWorks this summer!

Keep reading to find out more…

New! Sportsology Exhibit

The Sportsology exhibit opens June 1 and runs through the end of August. Composed of a series of hands-on challenges, Sportsology allows visitors to test their athletic abilities while learning how their bodies work. Kids and adults will have the opportunity to learn the physics behind a curve ball, find out if they can jump as high as a pro basketball player and test the strength of their arms in wheelchair races.

Exhibit features include:
Hang Time – Grab onto a bar and test your endurance!
Get a Grip – A true strength test — how strong is that firm handshake?
Action Reaction – Can you be a great soccer goalie? Test your reaction time.
Vertical Leap – Compare how high you can jump to three professional basketball players.
Fast Ball – Throw the ball at a target and see just how fast you can pitch.
Wheel Chair Racers – Race a friend and find out how fast you can go just using your arms.
Flex-Ability – Learn how much stretch you really have.

You can challenge yourself and each other with activities focused on strength, skill, endurance and other important elements of sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, football and tennis. The exhibit also celebrates the value of fitness and exercise and the lifelong process of learning to use physical and intellectual strength in ways that are enjoyable and rewarding.


You can still register for SciCamps throughout the summer! SciWorks is offering both one-day and five-day, half-day and full-day camps.

There are several one-day camps in June:
Tuesday, June 25, 9 a.m.-noon, Doodle Bugs for ages 4-5
Tuesday, June 25, 9 a.m.-noon, Magic Madness for rising K-1st grade
Thursday, June 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Facts about Tracks for rising 2nd-3rd grade
Thursday, June 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., BioWorks: Behind the Scenes for rising 4th-6th grade
Thursday, June 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Forest Trees for rising 7th-8th grade

Full-day camps start the week of July 8. CLICK HERE for all SciCamp descriptions and registration forms. Or, for more information, contact Christy Ferguson at 336-714-7105

Innovative Programs and Events

There are several exciting programs happening at SciWorks this summer. Here are just a few:

In conjunction with the SciWorks Where Innovation Begins Dinner, Presentation & Auction, the science center is offering an Adopt-a-Butterfly program. Learn about metamorphosis and migration, as well as commemorate a birthday or other special occasion. For just $25, you can adopt a butterfly and release it on Sunday, Sept. 22, so it can begin its migration to Mexico. Your butterfly will be tagged with a unique number from Monarch Watch, and you’ll receive an adoption certificate listing the tag number, as well as an “I Adopted a Butterfly at SciWorks” magnet for your car. If your butterfly is recovered in Mexico or somewhere else along the way, you’ll receive information about its journey!

Bird Bonanza on Sunday, June 2, 1-4 p.m.
Meet feathered friends, including a variety of chicken breeds and some adorable chicks.  Find out when to help baby birdsand when to leave them alone. Buy and assemble a bluebird house (while supplies last), and enjoy fun games and crafts.

Family Friday Night, June 14, 4-8 p.m.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the museum, outdoor parks and planetarium for only $3 per person. (Kids under 4 and members get in free!)

Summer Family Memberships
This is a new membership option which allows families to enjoy the museum all summer long for only $65.

Birthday Parties
Looking for a fun indoor/outdoor space for a summer party? SciWorks offers four themed Birthday Party Packages: Bug Bash, Dinosaurs, Farm Friends and Super Space.  Don’t forget to visit our new baby goats, Newton and Darwin, in the barnyard!

Winston-Salem Open Day on Sunday, July 28
“Bo” the Tennis Ball mascot will make an appearance, and SciWorks’ visitors will have the opportunity to play some tennis on a “short court,” win tickets to the W-S Open and participate in other tennis-themed activities. Also, if you become a year-long SciWorks member before June 15, you’ll receive four vouchers for tickets to the Winston-Salem Open!

Don’t miss this Summer of Innovation! Check out and plan your visit soon!

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