Blog Archives

PASTE: Science That Sticks Summer Camps: Exploring Science
(For those pre-kindergarteners ages 4 to 6)

Pre-Kindergarteners will start to explore mixtures, magnetism, reflection, light and sound and so much more… while learning how art and science can create a beautiful dance through busy hands experiments.

June 5th-8th, 9:30am-11:30am
Instructed by STEM Educator Rachel Cahill

Science That Sticks Camps

For ages 4 to 6
Looking for a summer camp for your littlest of scientists?

New for 2017 is our “Science that Sticks for 4 to 6” Camp specially geared for children ages 4 to 6. Each camp runs Monday – Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Cost is $108 for each 4 day session.

Camp registration is first-come, first-serve, so sign up as soon as you can! Payment is due at time of registration.

Volunteer opportunities for those aged 16 and above will be available.

If you have any questions about the camps, please contact Rachel Cahill, STEM Educator at 717.509.6363 X105. Or via email at

The Lancaster Science Factory is proud to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members this summer through the #BlueStarMuseums program! Guests are welcome to visit during any of our regular business hours May 29th – September 4th!

Feel free to contact Audrey Lilley at or 717-509-6363 x104 with any questions.

Hope to see you here soon!

May 4th (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Solar Science: The Power of Radiant Energy

Explore the Power of Radiant Energy from Sun Screen to Desalination. While tempting your taste buds with solar refractive cooking and get your creative juices flowing while you create Solar Art.

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To sign up for a homeschool class, please contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105 or follow the link above to register electronically.

April 20th (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Hydroponics: Where Soil and Water Science Collide

Learn the importance of soil and water chemistry as you create your very own Passive Hydroponic System for plant growth. Explore nutrient management and capillary action as you witness plant growth from your own home as your experiments reach beyond our classroom walls.

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To sign up for a homeschool class, please contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105 or follow the link above to register electronically!

Sunday, April 9th : 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Guests will participate in a variety of activities to prepare them to take a trip throughout the solar system.

Led by: Emily Wilson, student at Franklin & Marshall College & Education Intern at The Lancaster Science Factory

*Workshop cost per child: FREE with your paid admission or membership.

*Regular Science Factory rates apply: Members are FREE, All Visitors are $8.50.

April 6th: (9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm)

It’s the View that Counts: Seeing in 2D but building in 3D

Learn to build like an architect and create 2D dimensional shapes from a one dimensional illustration or blueprints. Students will work from a flat photo of an object to create 3 dimensional items.This session will teach the important different view prospective as you read a blueprint and construct!

Cost is $15 per child, per session

**Lancaster Science Factory members receive a 10% discount on all Homeschool Classes!**

To sign up for a homeschool class, please visit our website for online registration or contact Rachel Cahill at or 717-509-6363 x105.

The Education Organization of Elizabethtown College is excited to announce our 2nd annual Factory Friday Event on March 31st from 5:30-7:30pm at The Lancaster Science Factory. This FREE event is open to all school age kids! Come explore all the science factory has to offer with explanations of the science behind the fun provided by pre-service teachers. Join us for experiments led by Education Club volunteers, and some hands-on science fun!

For more information, please contact

Take learning to the next level with the new ‘Interactive Science Discovery’ series at The Lancaster Science Factory! This FREE family-friendly event will feature our partners from Franklin & Marshall College as they provide activities for ages Pre-K to adult based on current research being done locally. Participants will also be able to explore our museum’s exhibits during this time.

Worried about missing dinner? FREE pizza will be provided while supplies last.

Hope to see you there!

Science is Amazing Festival

March 25, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm

What: A festival at The Lancaster Science Factory! Free admission to all Science Factory exhibits, special science activities, demonstrations and fun for the whole family.

Stop by our ‘Soldering Zone’ where participants ages 10+ can make their own blinking LED pin! Special Thanks to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Make717 & Sechan Electronics Inc for making this activity possible!

When: March 25, 2017 from 10am-4pm

Where: Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Who: Everyone is invited! Children age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Special science demonstrations and activities will be presented by Science Factory volunteers, area schools, science clubs, universities and Lancaster youth organizations. Share your pics on social media using the hashtag #SIA2017!

THANK YOU to our event sponsors: Sechan Electronics Inc, CHIP and PA Cyber Charter School!

Help us build a mythical creature of litter intolerance!

Trash Dragon Public Build Workshop on March 19th from 2-3:30

Anyone age ten and up is welcome.

Location: Castagna Learning Center at The Lancaster Science Factory

The Science Factory was awarded a grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to construct a trike bike and cart that will be completely decorated with trash/recyclable materials to look like a dragon. Aluminum cans are being used to create scales. Colorful bags, plastic bottles, and even old keys are being incorporated in the design.

This mobile scupture will be available for community clean ups to beautify our neighborhoods. The Trash Dragon will incorporate trash and recycling receptacles to help with the clean-up itself. We hope it will prevent future littering by fostering a sense of community pride and responsibility. Its unique design will appeal to children and make cleaning up FUN.

Feeling creative? Join our public build! Use your hands and your artistic skills to transform recyclables into the dragon itself. Students age 10 and up and their families are encouraged to attend.

Together, we can raise awareness, and encourage recycling and responsible waste disposal!