Tune in to SCIENCE WEEK from June 15 – 20 with The Newark Museum of Art

Got a kiddo who loves the moon and stars, space exploration, nature, coding and art?

Families can spend the week exploring science at The Newark Museum of Art's special Science Week.  You're invited to participate in science all week and engage in a whole new way through inspiring and engaging demonstrations, talks and activities!  Listed in the schedule below, you’ll find story time with pets for the little ones, kids’ workshops, a lunch and learn series, coding a game for tweens and teens, and even happy hour for adults. There’s something for everyone in the family and lots of STEM fun

The Museum has been showcasing the natural sciences to visitors through its interactive galleries, on-site planetarium and hands-on programs, and now through it’s virtually live and prerecorded website and social media channels, is offering programs for both adults and children. Science Week includes an array of special programs developed by the Museum’s Learning & Engagement team. The following list of programs are part of The Newark Museum of Art’s virtual experiences #NMOAatHome, which is made possible by Bank of America. 

If you’re looking for fun things to do, your kids and entire family can be entertained while learning each day. Here’s what Science Week Programming has planned. 

Monday, June 15

Jersey Skies

Check out the latest stargazing and space news with their weekly astronomy column on the Museum's Facebook page. This week, you will learn about the summer solstice and why it is the longest day of the year.

Leap into Science Live!  3pm

Join the Greater Newark Conservancy for Leap into Science: Light & Shadow, a 30- minute workshop for children ages 3-10 their families. Explore the science of light with a children’s story and hands-on activities using household supplies. It’s all about having fun while learning to think like scientists! Leap into Science is a nationwide program from The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates storytelling and open-ended science activities. This workshop will be held on June 15 at 3pm and accessible on Zoom and Facebook Live. Click here to register for the Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JqDRmgwvSCWd3CbEDCjy4A 

Science Bracket

What is the most important invention from the past 60 years? Multiple rounds of voting will be available throughout the week, on Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, June 16

Ask an Astronomer: The Life of a Star, Noon

Join in a discussion in the life of a star with Dr. Mary Lou West, Professor Emerita at Montclair State University. Then ask the astronomers about the exciting mysteries and science of space. This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live. Click here to register for the free Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vgWKu1azRti8AwtC8FZObw

Science Trivia

Test your knowledge in this playful trivia game about the science behind glassmaking.

Wednesday, June 17

Storytime Live with Pets, 3pm

Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail 
Piggy mayhem ensues! Join for a live reading of Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore and have virtual lunch with a pot bellied pig when Eyes Of The Wild joins again to inform and entertain! This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live. Click here to register for the free Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AKqT2H0nQF6gA45eguwBCw  


Sam's Socially Distant Science Quiz Live: TNMOA edition, 5pm 

Test your mental science stamina with Sam Langford, a Scotland-based science communicator. Join Sam’s Socially Distant Science Quiz—a virtual pub quiz all about science. This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live. Click here to register for the free Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_km8HPcx7R5iLdJ2TBOFB6A

Thursday, June 18

Lunch & Learn: The Science Behind Art, with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Noon|

Join Dr. Gregory Smith, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, to learn how analyzing the pigments used by an artist informs the preservation of museum objects, reveals hidden stories about artworks, and unmasks forgeries.  Explore the rich interface between the arts and the sciences as we discuss the role of chemistry in art! This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live.  Click here to register for the free Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uWMnbGiXTBCzIUzpMzJgMQ

Friday, June 19

Science Pill: Observing the Moon and its Phases

Have you ever noticed how the Moon’s appearance changes throughout the month?  Explore why this happens and make your own moon observation journal.  Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXe0yxzYkjo

Happy Hour: Science Week Edition, 6pm

Join Museum educators Darryl Dwayne and Anna Muñiz in a casual meet up to celebrate and unwind. Each episode aims to be a conversation on art, culture, and spirits. They will start with a toast, mix a drink, tell museum stories, and focus on one of the works from the museum’s collection. In this episode, celebrate Science Week by discussing the behavior of liquids and gases and highlight Jon Bok’s work Cross, 1993 from the Museum collection. This week’s cocktail is Black Velvet, a creamy mix of champagne and Guinness.This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live. Click here to register for the free Zoom session:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qDWOpdKwTviVND0m-02U8w

Saturday, June 20

Norman Bluhm, Bit by Bit 

Join us for biweekly highlights from the exhibition Norman Bluhm: Metamorphosis. In this episode, they'll look at the biomorph—what to make of those weird organic forms in Norman Bluhm’s late work? The video will be available on our Facebook and Instagram pages and Youtube channel.


Barclays Code Playground Workshop (for Members only) - Coding Workshop for Ages 7 - 17

Learn to code a video game using Scratch with the help of coding experts, the Barclays Digital Eagles from 10:30am to noon on Saturday, June 20. Code Playground helps children aged 7-17 learn code - the new language for the new economy. Visit www.scratch.mit.edu to learn more about block programming and register here to join the 90 minute workshop. Capacity is limited. To register, email: rreedell@newarkmuseumart.org 


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