Science On A Sphere (click here or the banner above for a video tour of SOS)
Science On a Sphere (SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.
Science on a Sphere Programing Schedule:
|10:00AM-1:30PM||SOS Video Showcase|
|1:30PM-1:45PM||SOS Educator Presentation|
|1:45PM-2:30PM||Largest: Jupiter comes to Science on a Sphere|
|2:30PM-3:00PM||Flow: Currents & Climate|
|3:00PM-3:30PM||Loop: Circulation Systems of the Earth|
|3:35PM-3:50PM||SOS Educator Presentation|
|4:00PM-5:00PM||SOS Video Showcase|
SOS has been generously funded by the Quantum Foundation, who are unrivaled supporters of Science Literacy throughout the community. We are most grateful for the contribution.
Exercise your mind with puzzling challenges for all ages!
Discover the lives of Ancient Egyptians through funerary artifacts from the late Ptolemaic to
the Roman Period. Our gallery features an authentic Egyptian child mummy on loan from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in addition to authentic artifacts including a mummified falcon, canopic jar, Ushabti figures, and more.
WS4FSM Ham Radio CenterWelcome to WS4FSM, the museum's exciting new Ham Radio Station, where you can broadcast to others in Argentina, Amsterdam, St. Kitts, or one of two million amateur radio operators around the world! Ham radio is a hobby and a service in which participants, called "hams" use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate for public services and recreation. The West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Club will assist visitors in writing their name in Morse Code and in making contacts with other "hams" worldwide!
Learn more about our local HAM radio organization at:
Out of this World
See rare space artifacts in our collection. Touch a 232 pound meteorite or spend a few minutes watching Apollo 14 Highlights while you view an authentic moon rock brought back on an Apollo mission. This collection also features a Mars rock found in Nigeria in 1962.
Interactive Outdoor Science Trail
Our newly renovated interactive nature trail includes hands-on exhibits: bubbleology, fossil
dig, whisper dishes, and more classic physics demos!
States of Matter
Explore the basic principles of science with hands-on displays representing the states of matter, including solid, liquid, gas and plasma displays. Continue through the gallery for basic principles of electricity revealed through conversion machines and a Jacob’s Ladder. Perfect for all beginning science students and science enthusiasts of all ages!
The “Tiger Shark” Submarine
The “Tiger Shark” Submarine is part of the world's maritime history, and a part of Palm Beach County's historical heritage. The “Tiger Shark” Submarine, built between 1963-1965, was purchased by Perry Submarine Builders from Silverstar, a company in West Germany, in hopes of selling it in the U.S. The "Tiger Shark" was donated to the South Florida Science Museum in 1973 by Perry Submarine Builders and is now restored and on display.
Suzie, The Ice Age Mastodon
See the only adult female mastodon on display in Florida! “Suzie” was excavated near Okeechobee Boulevard in 1969 and together with other artifacts, gives visitors a chance to see Florida’s earliest inhabitants.
Experience a tornado, the most intense of all atmospheric phenomena. This hands-on exhibit allows you to discover how a tornado is formed and learn about its immense size.