The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, (RIMOSA) became a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010.  RIMOSA’s hands-on exhibits and programs emphasize the tools that both artists and scientists share; curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication.   Our programs are designed to help participants see the world not as it is, but as it could be.

Each of our programs:

  • lasts about 60 minutes, but can be adjusted to run longer or, somewhat shorter.
  • can be offered as a one-time program or linked with others to create a cohesive experience which can run any number of weeks.
  • Costs $170 for the first hour-long program, and $160 for each additional program in a series
  • For more information, or to book a program, please contact

Electric Dough

Explore the properties of electricity and creativity using conductive dough. Through hands-on art/science activities, you will learn how circuits work and the difference between conductive and resistive materials.  Use LED lights, play-dough and imagination to create...

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Nano and Color

Nano and Color It is called “nano” and it is one billionth of a meter in size.  That’s the scale that’s used to measure atoms and molecules!  And on that scale, common materials can have very unusual properties.  That’s the basis of a new field of science called...

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Examine and work with different materials to make windows from materials that are not transparent, bridges from material that isn’t stiff and other seemingly impossible building challenges! Learn through experimentation about tensile and compressive strength, as well...

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Cut Paper Animation

In just one hour participants will learn techniques of cut-paper stop-motion animation and work in small groups to make their own!  Cut paper animation uses 2 dimensional images cut from magazines, catalogs or construction paper.  This type of animation produces a...

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Object Animation

Learn about “persistence of vision” – the name often given to the way the human brain blends sudden changes into smooth motion. This interpretation by our brains is what make movies possible. Make a mini-animation (a thaumatrope) to take home, and work in small groups...

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Pixilation Animation

Focus on the technique called “Pixilation”, which uses live people as puppets for stop-motion animation. Facilitators will discuss the importance of storyboards to filming, and after screening some professional “pixilation” shorts, facilitators will demonstrate how...

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Sound Effects

The Incredible Perception of Sound:  The Art and Science of Auditory Perception Learn the basic physics of sound while exploring the intricacies of human perception. Discuss the use of sound effects in movies – what are you REALLY hearing?  In small groups, expand...

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Reverse Engineering

Reverse Engineering explores how things work and how they are made. Participants begin by taking apart store-made products such as air-rockets, toy cars, lamps, pop-up books and more to see how they work. They will then attempt to reconstruct the items again, and...

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