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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math 

Programs, Exhibits & Field Trips

Encourage your child's curiosity through fun, hands-on activities, and exhibits that introduce children to science, technology, math, and engineering! 

IMPORTANT: Starting on January 2, 2019, Port Discovery will begin construction of two immersive, state-of-the-art new exhibits: a four-story SkyClimber and a massive Port Exhibit featuring all the parts of the working port.  Find information on construction plans, ways to play while construction is underway, answers to frequently asked questions, and more at

Programs and exhibits at port Discovery are made possible in part by the Citizens of Baltimore County and by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.

Drop-In STEM Programs

Circus Science

Juggle, balance a feather, spin a lasso - and learn how science makes these fun tricks work! Enjoy our interactive Circus Science program, held select Saturdays throughout the year, and learn science concepts as you watch and try out super cool, super silly demonstrations! Check our Event Calendar for upcoming Circus Science programs. 

STEM Stations

Explore STEM through a hands-on activity or experiment at our STEM Stations! These pop-up activities often happen on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year and feature simple STEM activities that encourage curiosity, creative thinking and exploration. Check our event calendar for upcoming dates and times STEM Stations will be offered at Port Discovery! 


Events Featuring STEM

Circus Science

Get ready for a day full of fun science while learning about your favorite circus tricks under Port Discovery’s Big Top! Clown around at interactive Circus Circuit Stations! Learn the tricks of the trade such as juggling, balancing feathers, and much more! Stop by art tables to make-and-take a sound sandwich that you will use during a fun Circus Parade. Plus, hop in the backseat of the Circus Train Ride before the day is over and enjoy the view! Check our event calendar for upcoming Circus Science events!


STEM in Spring

Join us every day over Spring Break for fun, hands-on, STEM-themed programs that teach through play! Enjoy special performances along with special science exhibitions, projects, and learning each day of the week!


BOO-Seum Bash

Have a shockingly good Halloween at Baltimore’s ultimate Halloween party for kids and families! Put your imagination to work as you dress as your favorite character – and join in fun, interactive and mischievous fun celebrating Frankenstein through science activities that will put a spark in your Halloween fun!  Create a battery with two different types of metal…and your body at our Spark of Life activity station! Can you create a creature using conductive dough, electricity, and your imagination? I dough-no…but you will after visiting our Dough Creatures activity station. Unleash your creativity and invent a totally new creation by mixing and matching different parts of toys at Port Discovery Children’s Museum Frankentoy activity station. Make art…using a robot at our Scribble Bot activity station! How cool…plus much more! Find details on our next BOO-Seum Bash on our event calendar! 


Exhibits featuring STEM

Wonders of Water

Make a splash in this new wet and wonderful area of Port Discovery! WOW!, helps children understand human interactions with water in fun, exciting and interactive ways. Featuring: Earth Today (a real-time atmospheric display created by Animated Earth LLC featuring global data from NASA, NOAA and USGS), Water Chimes, Build a Fountain, Plumbers Park, Stream Table, Bubble Hoop and more!  Note: You will get wet in WOW!, but it's OK, there are slickers and crocs for everyone. You may want to bring a change of dry clothes.

*WOW will be closed all day on Tuesdays starting on May 29, 2018 for the duration of the summer so that it can be cleaned.*


Field Trips

Guided & Self-Guided Field Trips

Hands-on learning and adventures at Port Discovery can be enhanced through the many educational, interactive and fun programs offered at the Museum. Choose from guided programs focusing on Arts & Culture, STEM, Healthy Families: Healthy Communities, Early Education and more – and help children get hands-on with the topics they’re learning about in the classroom! Or, schedule a self-guided adventure at the Museum. Group Visits are available for groups of 15 or more, are available throughout the year, and feature highly discounted priced tickets.


Programs in Your Classroom

Art, Music, STEM & Early Literacy Programs in Your Classroom

Our Museum on the Road program brings unique, hands-on art, music, STEM, and early literacy programs for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students right to your classroom! Programs can be booked individually or as a series, and we offer interactive assembly programs, too!  All programs support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. 


Exhibit Rentals Featuring STEM

Exhibit Rentals from Port Discovery Children's Museum

Looking for ways to provide new experiences, fresh exhibits and unique programs to your visitors without breaking the bank? Engage and entertain visitors with fresh, educational, and FUN interactive exhibits from Port Discovery Children’s Museum, one of the area’s leaders in informal learning and purposeful play! Through Port Discovery's Museum on the Move program, you can rent a variety of unique mini-exhibitions that engage family audiences in playful learning about science, space, agriculture and other topics.

Learn More about Exhibit Rentals at Port Discovery 

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