Hands On Gainesville

Scientists inspiring a new generation of problem-solvers.

HOG-Mentored Exhibits

Are you a teacher or leader of a student group that wants to get kids involved in science?

Are you a local business that would like to showcase the science or technology of your business?

Hands On Gainesville will help you build a community team where students and business work together to create an interactive science exhibit. Let the students learn what the business is all about and find the science involved. The exhibit becomes a ‘Point of Interest’ on our Sci-Map showcasing your science or technology to the community.

Read about City Lights and the Monograph below, interactive exhibits designed and built by students, funded by local businesses, and on display in community locations for all children to explore.


A flipbook (below) about the exhibit creation!

City Lights

'City Lights' was a cooperative effort between Eastside High School SECME students, Gainesville Regional Utilities, the Tech Toy Box, and Hands On Gainesville.  The students designed and built an interactive exhibit for children that demonstrates how electricity is generated and distributed to the Gainesville community.   'City Lights' debuted at the Cotton to the Cade event in Depot Park on February 25, 2017.  In 2018 the 'City Lights' exhibit was housed at the Alachua County Library headquarters, downtown Gainesville, where children enjoyed it for over 10 months.  The exhibit was on display at the Cade Museum March  9 - April  14,  2019 as part of the museum's 'On & Off the Grid' themed exhibits.  From April - June 2019  'City Lights' was  on display at the Millhopper Public Library in Gainesville, FL.  'City Lights' is presently looking for a permanent exhibit space.


Work Session Photos of  'City Lights' creation.

Monochord Finished
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Museum of Memories


The monochord was built by Scouts at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire  Scout Day on January 18, 2020.  Scouts visiting the Hands On Gainesville station built the monochord through out the day.  They cut & inserted pegs into the wood frame, sanded & stained the wood, and attached gut strings.  Scouts also made small models of  a monochord and panpipe to take home.  Scouts learned about the relationship of pitch to string and pipe length, how Pythagoras used the monochord to study chords, and that the monochord was used to teach music and play simple songs in Medieval and Renaissance times.

The finished monochord was donated to the Faire and is on display in the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Museum of Memories located in the barn at the Faire.  (Museum email; HMFMuseumofMemories@gmail.com).

Pictures of Scouts making instruments

Outreach Exhibits

Our interactive Outreach Exhibits are often found at School Science Nights and Community Celebrations.    Contact us to schedule.


Create your own pictures as the pendulums swing.

What is periodic motion?

Mineral House

What minerals are in your house?

Kid Power Bikes

How can you generate electricity with the bikes?

Can you name some energy conversions involved?