Contact Science Program
Contact Science exhibits are table-top kiosks that invite hands-on exploration in one of the science themes listed below. The exhibits are available in the libraries during opening hours, free of charge. Exhibits are free with paid admission at museum venues.
During select hours, exhibit explainers will be on hand to answer questions and help guide your experience. Please contact individual libraries to find out exhibit explainer hours.
Be sure to keep an eye on the library websites to be alerted to upcoming related workshops. In the meantime, drop by the public library to explore science!
MicroWorld AdventuresWhat does your skin look like up close? How about your cotton shirt or your hair? Mouth parts of a housefly? This exhibit has both a "scope on a rope" microscope and a high magnification microscope. Come and learn to use them to view prepared specimens as well as other objects of your own choosing and start exploring the microworlds around you.
Electric AdventuresWhat's the difference between AC and DC circuits? What do resistors, capacitors, diodes, motors and transformers do? What is an oscilloscope and what does it do? Come and tinker with all these components and get the electricity moving.
What do telescopes, kaleidoscopes and microscopes all have in common? What about the camera on your cell phone? They all use light and lenses. Play with different lenses, colored filters, and polarizers to see how light behaves and how images are formed and understand how the lenses in the camera on your phone works.
Seeing SoundHave you ever wondered what sound looks like? See how tone, frequency and duration can be depicted in a spectrogram.
WeatherManipulate the earth's axis and watch how its temperature changes, and combine meteorological forces to see how violent storms form with this computer-based exhibit.
Take a Closer LookTake a closer look at specimens of your choosing through an easy-view, large-diameter lens.
June 1, 2010 onward
During library hours
Dallas Public Library, Hampton-Illinois Branch
2951 S. Hampton Road
Dallas, TX 75224
Dallas Public Library, Audelia Road Branch
10045 Audelia Road
Dallas, TX 75238
Rockwall County Library
1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane
Rockwall, TX 75087
Truett and Rita Smith Library
300 Country Club Road, Bldg. 300
Wylie, TX 75098
Arlington Public Library
101 East Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010
Carrollton Public Library
1700 Keller Springs Road
Carrollton, TX 75006
Denton Public Library
502 Oakland Street
Denton, TX 76201>
The Heard Natural Science Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069
Robotics at the Library
Robotics is a perfect way to combine creativity, engineering, and fun! Contact Science will offer robotics workshops this spring at Hampton-Illinois Branch Library in Dallas (214.670.7646). Please contact the library directly for dates and registration information.
Updated: September 17, 2012