A community event featuring the best in science demonstrations and shows
from educators around the country and local organizations

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Downtown Pittsburgh
Rachel Carson Bridge (Ninth Street)

Demo Stages & Tables

See live science demonstrations by educators from across the country!

Demo Stage Schedule:
10:00 amElizabeth Forward School District
10:20 amStarry Messenger
10:40 amCMU Entertainment
Technology Center
11:00 amAllegheny Land Trust
11:20 amMoonshot Museum
11:40 amOrlando Science Center
NoonCarnegie Science Center
12:20 pmKnock Knock Children’s Museum
12:40 pmGreat Lakes Science Center

You can also see amazing demonstrations from the following organizations throughout the Hands On Science Showdown:

  • The Citizen Science Lab
  • The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia
  • Explora
  • The Exploratorium
  • New York Hall of Science
  • Omaha Children’s Museum

And get FREE Learning Lunchbox STEM kits from COSI, while supplies last!


Pittsburgh-based Squonk performs Hand to Hand, a humorous, uplifting visual extravaganza propelled by Squonk’s rollicking music and melodious madness. The performance features two giant purple puppet hands, each the size of a house, that students can help move!  Squonk will also have demonstrations and backstage tours of their fantastical visual design and staging.
Squonk Schedule:
10:30 – 11 amDemonstrations
11 – 11:30 amPerformance
11:30 – 11:45 amBackstage Tour
11:45 am – 12:30 pmDemonstrations
12:30 – 1:00 pmPerformance
1:00 – 1:15 pmBackstage Tour


Other Activities

  • Toy & Electronics Take Apart
  • Wood Shaping
  • Glass Blowing Demos from Pittsburgh Glass Center (9:00 am-1:00 pm)
  • Steam Roller Printmaking
  • PNC Mobile Learning Adventure
  • STEAM Bus from Pittsburgh Community Science Workshop
  • Human-Powered Activities with event producer Zero Fossil

Local Makers & Organizations

Check out projects from Pittsburgh-based organizations and makers, including:

  • AIU Math & Science Collaborative
  • Allegheny Land Trust
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Assemble
  • Avalon Elementary
  • BirdBrain Technologies
  • Citizen Science Lab
  • The Education Partnership
  • Girls of Steel Robotics (CMU)
  • Highmark Health
  • PFLAG Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Glass Center
  • Remake Learning
  • SLB Radio
  • The Starry Messenger
  • STEM Coding Lab

Food & Drink

Enjoy tasty local cuisine from these food trucks:

  • Billu’s Indian Grill
  • By the Wayside
  • Hermes
  • Le’s Oriental
  • Let’s Taco
  • PGH Crepes
  • PGH Halal
  • Rescue Dogs
  • Sinkers & Suds
  • Taqueria el Pastorcito

For schools

Bus Map

Download this bus map for a route to bus parking area on the North Side if you are dropping off students at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center


Contact our Group Operations Manager at [email protected] or call 412.322.5058, ext 319, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.


Handicap accessible transportation will be provided upon request.

Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request.

To request accommodations, please email [email protected].

Presented by

Hands On Science Showdown is presented by:


The event is associated with the 2022 Annual Conference of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, which will bring together more than 1,000 professionals from around the world who work at science and technology centers and museums and other organizations committed to engaging the public with science.


Hands On Science Showdown is made possible by the generous support of: