Virtual Outreach

Virtual Outreach – All new!

Discovery Center is excited to offer a brand-new interactive learning experience—Virtual Outreach! With the help of technology, Pre-K to Grade 8 students will enjoy live, interactive exploration of a STEM topic designed to spark interest in science and inspire students to learn more

Our Outreach Programs bring the excitement of science learning to you!  Whether you are educating one small class or the entire school, we offer a wide variety of programs that meet the needs of your students, enhance your curriculum, and line up with Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas.

To begin the registration process, complete the online form at For additional questions, you can also email or call our Outreach Request Line at 815-972-2844. 

* Additional program discount applies for programs of the same topic held on the same day at the same location.

** This program has a special space requirement.

*** Expanded age range available for younger participants.


Virtual Hands-On Science 

Engage your brain and immerse your hands in science with our Hands-On Classes!  Whether introducing a topic, reviewing for a test, or investigating for fun, every student will be excited about learning science and begging for more!

Grades: vary by topic           Length: 60 minutes            30 participants maximum

Cost: $140 ($70 for each additional class*). Travel fees may apply.


Slime & Chemistry

Grades: K-8

Measure, pour, and mix real chemicals to produce reactions, investigate solids, liquids, and gases, and concoct slime!



Color and Light

Grades: K-8

Explore the properties of light, fool your vision, dissect a rainbow, experiment with invisible light, and create your own kaleidoscope.



Fling and Wing (outside or virtual/e-learning)

Learn aerodynamic secrets as you assemble and launch some crazy shapes. You won’t believe these gadgets fly!

Recommended for grades 2-6.   


Good Vibrations ***

Get splashed by a sound, invent some wacky noise-makers, and use palm to discover the connection between size and pitch.

Recommended for grades K-6.  


Astronomy Shows

We’ll show you the moon and stars with our brand new Virtual Astronomy Shows! Presentations are tailored to your grade level and are unique to this program.

Grades: K-8                 Length: 45 minutes up to 30 participants

Cost: $150 ($60 for each additional show*)



Show Themes:

Navigating the Night Sky

Learn how to assemble your own star wheel, and how to navigate the night sky tonight! What cool things do you think you can discover if you look up? Recommended for grades 2-8


Greek Mythology: Ancient Stories in the StarsVirtual Astonomy6

Come listen to some very old tales and explore the world of heroes, monsters, and demi-gods hidden among the stars  with these stories inspired by the classic Greek myths. Recommended for grades K-8


Our Solar SystemVirtual Astonomy10

Take a trip through our local stellar neighborhood and get to know the planets closest to us. Learn some fun facts about  the planets in our solar system, take a (safe) look at the nearest star, and find out what NASA has been up to lately. Recommended for grades K-8


Our Place in the Universe

This live presentation walks students through the patterns found in our night sky. Learn about how to navigate the ecliptic line, and where the stars go during our day time sky. Recommended for grades 2-5


Virtual Science Shows 

These dynamite demos feature experiments, investigations, and explanations woven together in a stimulating presentation. 

Grades: K – 8          Length: 30-45 minutes    Up to 100 Computers

Cost: $300 ($250 additional show*).


The Liquid Nitrogen Show 

Excitement goes up as the temperature drops in this ultra-cold show! Witness instant phase changes and identify the differences in states of matter as they succumb to the frigid world of liquid gas!



The Captivating Chemistry Show

Solids, liquids, and gases combine to create chemical changes that look like magic. Chemistry becomes apparent using surprising reactions that create colors, fabricate foam, and explode!



Forces in Motion

Amazing feats come together to weave the story of Newton’s Laws of Motion in this compelling program! From collisions to physics games, this is one memorable science lesson!