School Year


Question everything. Break boundaries. Dive into science.

With three floors of imaginative, engaging exhibits, the Science Center is an irresistible invitation to explore the sciences, perform experiments, and discover more about the world around you. From KidsPlace — a kid-sized cityscape just for children ages 5 and under — to Forces of Nature — a mind-blowing examination of how weather and geology affect planet earth — there is something for curious minds of all ages. Live science theater performances, programs and fascinating exhibits about physical, biological and life sciences all combine to make a visit to the Science Center an extraordinary educational experience cleverly disguised as a whole lot of fun.

Find out more about our exhibits - Backstage Studio, Move It!, KidsPlace, Carnival of Health, Forces of Nature



A really big show

You haven’t seen a movie until you’ve seen an one on Central PA’s biggest screen turns any movie into a total immersion experience. The screen itself is 38 feet high and 70 feet wide. The powerful 6-channel, 16,000 watt surround sound system makes every film sound as big as it looks. From under the sea to outer space, educational films to Hollywood blockbusters, 2D to state-of-the-art 3D, every movie experience is a moment to remember.

To find out more about our current films, click here. To view our film schedule, click the 
here for the showtimes.



EXPLORE: Educator's Guide  |  Surgery Live!

EXPLORE: Educator’s Guide & Online RSVP Form

Click here to download your copy of the 2014-2015 EXPLORE: Educators' Planning Guide today (.pdf format).
Note: pricing and programming listed are valid through June 30, 2015.

Click here
to fill our School Field Visit RSVP form online.

Surgery Live!SurgeryLive!

Click here for a preview of Surgery Live!.

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have created an innovative partnership designed to stimulate the interest of high school students in careers in health care. With the support of Highmark BlueShield, Surgery Live! at Whitaker Center is connecting students to enter the operating rooms of Hershey Medical Center through interactive high-definition videoconferencing technology.

Student groups at Whitaker Center see and hear the surgical teams in real time and are able to ask questions at appropriate points during surgical procedures. In addition to explaining the operation as it happens, members of the surgical team describe their responsibilities and careers in health care, making those careers more interesting and accessible. Whitaker Center's Director of Education facilitates the students' discussion with operating room staff, demonstrate surgical instruments used in the operation, and explain factors that cause disease and contribute to conditions that place patients on the operating table. Pre- and post-visit educational activities maximize the impact of each Surgery Live! session.
There are only three similar programs at science centers in the U.S. These include Surgical Suite at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH; Live from the Heart at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL; and Cardiac Classroom at the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ. The following comment is typical of Cardiac Classroom program participants:

“Watching a kidney transplant—live—and having students talk to operating room staff was an incredibly compelling experience. Students talked about it for days afterwards and a significant number now want to explore careers in medicine or biology.” - Bobbi Bremmer, High School Science Teacher

Surgery Live!
learning objectives:

  • Through pre-visit activities and by interacting with medical professionals as they perform their duties within the operating room, students will explore the variety of health careers that are involved in a surgical procedure.
  • Students will learn how medical professionals apply elements of the scientific method to make critical observations of each patient, prepare accurate diagnoses and effectively treat disease.
  • By observing the live surgical procedure and engaging in a group discussion afterward, students will gain an increased understanding of unhealthy living habits, how these can lead to disease and the need for surgery, and how healthy lifestyle choices can help people avoid surgery.
  • Students will increase their knowledge of human anatomy

Surgery Live!
details at-a-glance:

Capacity: 100 people
Program duration: 2.5 hours for Surgery Live! program
Total Whitaker Center visit time varies based on time allotted for visiting the Science Center and additional programmatic options chosen.


Regular Admission SDPC Participants
Students $23 Students $20.50
Adult chaperone $12 Adult chaperone $10.50
Lead Teacher Free Lead Teacher Free

*Note: SDPC participants receive a 10% discount on the above rates. Science Center admission is included in Surgery Live! pricing. Addition of IMAX films or Discovery Labs may be available upon request for an additional fee.

Surgery Live! Scheduled Dates for 2014-2015 School Year

Wednesday, 11/12 (Gastric Sleeve) Thursday, 11/13 (Hysterectomy)


Tuesday, 12/16 (Gastric Sleeve) and Thursday, 12/18 (Urology)


Tuesday, 1/27 (Gastric Sleeve), Friday, 1/30 (Lap. Choley)

Tuesday, 2/10 (Gastric Sleeve), Thursday, 2/12 (Urology), Friday, 2/13 (Lap. Choley), Wednesday, 2/25 (Endoscopic) and Thursday, 2/26 (Hysterectomy)

Wednesday, 3/4 (Gastric Sleeve), Tuesday, 3/10 (Endoscopic) , Friday, 3/13 (Urology)

Monday, 4/20 (Lap. Choley), Tuesday, 4/21 (Endoscopic), Tuesday, 4/28 (Gastric Sleeve), Thursday, April 30 (Urology)

Friday, 5/1 (Hysterectomy), Monday, 5/4 (Lap. Choley) and Thursday, 5/7 (Hysterectomy)


For more information regarding Surgery Live! programming, please contact our School/ Group Reservations Office at 717-724-3862. Program availability and space is limited.

Surgery Live! Video