Science Center


The Needham Science Center mission is to be a state-of the art resources for elementary students & teachers that inspires teaching and learning about our natural and engineered world. Located at the Newman School, the Science Center serves as the science curriculum and professional development resource for Needham grades K-5, providing lesson materials, teacher binders, live animal visits, equipment, and field trips. 

News for Needham Teachers 

2017-2018 Volunteer Opportunities

Save the date: Our next adult volunteer gathering will be Tuesday, December 12 from 10am until 12noon at the Science Center. The tasks will likely involve cutting and sorting. Snacks provided. If you're new to the Science Center, feel free to contact us - we're always happy to welcome new volunteers.

Skilled Adult Volunteers: From time to time, we have projects for people with specialized skills such as woodworking, electrical, or taxidermy. If this is something that interests you, contact the Science Center.

High School Students:


  • Weekend animal caregiver (if you are under 18 years of age, you must come with an adult).
  • Our after school animal positions are currently filled.
  • Office work (call or email for more details)



  • Weekend animal caregiver (at least one adult must be present)
  • Take home an animal over long weekend or school break (contact the Science Center as early as possible to ensure that you get your first choice animal visitor)




Watch Grade 2 Explore Maglev Train Models - Paulina Teng's Class, Newman

Dinosaur Track: How many student footprints fit inside a T-Rex footprint?
34 3rd grade footprints

The Mitten Program:

The Mitten Program: Monica Staley's morning class explores different types of animal teeth.

The Mitten Program

The Mitten Program: Monica Staley's afternoon class meets a live hedgehog.

Watch Mitchell Grade 3 Paleongologists
from Ashley Mackoff's try the Manniquin Challenge.

Watch Eliot Grade 2 Tree Scientists from Betsy Maxwell's classroom. if the first link doesn't work for you, you can try the one below. Enjoy!

Watch Broadmeadow Grade 1 Engineers Aly Schenker's Broadmeadow students enjoy making and testing windmills using the STEAM design process. The Science Center STEAM teacher is Jane Borjas.

Attention K-5 Teachers:

Send us your science news and photos - we would love to feature your science happenings on our web site.

Science Center Field Trip Bus Reservations

Thank You!

davidVolunteer David Loomis created these beautiful purple steps. Now visitors of all sizes can peek inside our animal room viewing window.

David's next project: Creating hundreds of wooden pieces so our STEAM sound scientists can create xylophones.

Volunteer Martin Yapp has been very busy. In addition to fixing our Tesla Coil, he repaired the door to our animal room and created wood slices for use in our STEAM music studies.

martin electrical energy

Nikola Tesla invented this device around 1891 so he could experiment with electrical energy

Science Center is looking for...

  • Small Plastic containers approximately sandwich size: Tupperware or similar. Okay without lids. Any shape is okay.
  • 2-Liter Soda or Water Bottles: Empty, clear plastic bottles, 2-Liter only. The brand and the former contents aren't important. We can take them with or without the bottle caps.
  • Cocktail Napkins: Cocktail-sized, paper napkins in any color, with any theme, as long as the content is appropriate for elementary-aged children. Napkins must be unused - it's okay if they come from a pack that has been opened.
  • .5 (half) liter bottles of Poland Springs Water with caps. You drink the water, we'll take the empties. These will be used to help students study water filtration.

Items can be sent to the Science Center via Interoffice Mail or dropped off on our doorstep.

Thank you!

Donate to the Needham Science Center

STEAM Night Video (March 19, 2015)

STEAM Night Photos (March 19, 2015)

Celebrating 53 years of service to Needham Public Schools!

Needham Science Center

1155 Central Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

Sept - June
Monday - Friday
8:00am- 5:00pm

Answer: 34 3rd grade footprints fit inside one T-Rex footprint. Thank you to Mrs. Dummett's class, Hillside School.
Answer: 34 3rd grade footprints fit inside one T-Rex footprint. Thank you to Mrs. Dummett's class, Hillside School.
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