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

See live science demonstrations by educators from across the country!

10:00 am Elizabeth Forward School District
10:20 am Starry Messenger
10:40 am CMU Entertainment
Technology Center
11:00 am The Citizen Science Lab
11:20 am Moonshot Museum
11:40 am Orlando Science Center
Noon Carnegie Science Center
12:20 pm Knock Knock Children’s Museum
12:40 pm Great Lakes Science Center


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:
10:30-11:00 am Demonstrations
11:00-11:30 am Performance
11:30-11:45 am Backstage Tour
11:45 am-12:30 pm Demonstrations
12:30-1:00 pm Performance
1:00-1:15 pm Backstage Tour


  • Toy Take Apart
  • Wood Carving
  • Glass Blowing Demos from Pittsburgh Glass Center (9:00 am-1:00 pm)
  • Steam Roller Printmaking
  • Fab Lab from Carnegie Science Center
  • Free Learning Lunchbox STEM kits, while supplies last

Local Makers & Organizations

Projects from Pittsburgh-based organizations and makers, including:

  • Allegheny Land Trust
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Avalon Elementary
  • BirdBrain Technologies
  • Citizen Science Lab
  • The Education Partnership
  • Elizabeth Forward School District
  • Highmark Health
  • PFLAG Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Community Science Workshop
  • Pittsburgh Glass Center
  • Remake Learning
  • Saturday Light Brigade
  • The Starry Messenger
  • STEM Coding Lab

Food & Drink

Enjoy 10 food trucks featuring the best in local cuisine

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: