About the Program

Science, history, technology, art, the environment and more collide in the Cayuga Museum’s first ever STEAM Fair! The STEAM Fair is a unique science festival featuring organizations across Central New York and the Finger Lakes Region who will provide hands-on learning and fun for attendees of all ages at various stations in the Carriage House Theater. This STEAM fair comes with a twist: all of the activities will be related to the upcoming total solar eclipse. Join us for a Sunday afternoon of science, and learn more about the different ways to consider a solar eclipse and explore the heavens. The Case Research Lab and Cayuga Museum will also be available to explore for free during this time.

This program is free and open to the public. More details about available programs at each station to come soon!

Participating Organizations


Cayuga Museum of History and Art

In the theater, enjoy an eclipse themed art activity, then as you tour the Case Research Lab explore the ways the Lab was involved in recording the previous eclipse, and what Auburn looked like the last time an eclipse passed over in 1925.

Cornell University - Spacecraft Planetary Image Facility (SPIF)

SPIF’s Zoe Learner Ponterio will be on-hand to answer questions on the science of eclipses, featuring hands-on activities, images and videos, and an interactive question board.

SUNY Cortland Planetarium

Did you know that gases have fingerprints? This is how astronomers are able to identify the compositions of nebula, stars, and even the atmospheres of planets. It's all because of their unique emission spectrum. Come see if you can identify several gases by looking at their emission spectrum through a spectroscope!

FLX Local Media

Ed Vivenzio from FLX Local Media is here to explain what happens to satellites during a solar eclipse, and will also be discussing the work the Colby Radio Research Lab conducted with Auburn's own Ted Case and the Case Research Lab during the last total eclipse.

Jenna Cohen, Independent Artist

Jenna Cohen specializes in "celestial artwork" utilizing a special method with spray paint. A demonstration on how she makes her work will be made if weather permits, and artwork will be available for sale.

National Park Service

With Park Ranger Brittany from the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, learn more about the ways that freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad used their knowledge of the heavens to navigate their way to freedom.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Explore physical science with a series of hands-on activities, and learn more about the upcoming Maker Faire Syracuse.

Theodore Black, PhD Student at ESF

Theo Black, Phd student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry , will discuss various scientific and anecdotal observations of animal behavior under solar eclipses and the importance of light in animal behavior and physiology broadly.

Seward House Museum

Kate Grindstaff, the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Seward House Museum, will share some of William Seward's accounts of a total solar eclipse while he explored the wilderness of Alaska, as well as a comparison of some of the different cultural interpretations of eclipses experienced by Seward on his travels.

Date & Time

1 – 4 PM
Sunday, April 7



Free admission, donations greatly appreciated



Carriage House Theater
203 Genesee St. (rear)
Return to Eclipse Event Page

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Thank you to our program supporters and sponsors!

Support provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor's Office and the New York State Legislature.