Science on the Go!

On-site outreach programs

Host a field trip in your school! Cranbrook educators share the excitement of science and meet Michigan GLCEs, in your school or classroom. Students learn what Michigan’s rocks, minerals and fossils tell us about its geological history, tour the many forms of energy, identify insects using live specimens, and much more!

To schedule a Science on the Go! program by telephone, please call 248 645.3210 or use this online form.


Small Group Program (max. 30) $275
Each additional same day program $150
Large Group Program (max. 150) $325
Each additional same day program $175
Family Science Night (max. 300) $600 (additional fees may apply)
Custom Science Festival call for pricing

Small Group Programs

Ideal for one or two classrooms (up to 30 students maximum), include:

  • Electricity (Grades 3-6): Examine the nature of electricity by modeling electron flow, building circuits, and exploring generators. Investigate the many ways that electricity impacts our lives and how different forms of energy are converted into electrical energy.
  • Scientific Method (Grades K-8): Students will discover the process that scientists use to understand the world around us. They will engage in an experiment using the steps of the scientific method.
  • Starlab (Grades K-8): Enter our portable planetarium and journey through the night sky discovering distant stars, planets, and constellations. Immerse yourself in the lore behind the pictures in the sky.
  • Dinosaurs (Grades pre K-2): Hold a dinosaur fossil, learn how dinosaurs adapted to their surroundings, and dig for fossils like a paleontologist in this program designed for younger students.
  • Rocks, Minerals & Fossils (Grades 3-6): Using Cranbrook’s world-class rock and mineral collection and authentic fossils, students will learn about the formation of rocks and minerals. They will also engage in an activity investigating the rock cycle.
  • It’s a Small World! (Grades pre K-2): Investigate the small world of insects and arachnids. Use models, microscopes, and live samples to explore the similarities and differences between insects and arachnids. Develop an understanding of the importance of the small living world around us.
  • Water, Water, Everywhere (Grades 2-4): Act out the water cycle, make a cloud in a bottle, see the effects of pollution on ground water, and understand the many ways that we use water with this interactive program that’s bound to make a splash.
  • The People of the Three Fires (Grades 2-6): Discover Michigan’s rich culture and history of the Ojibway, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes through interactive activities and authentic artifacts.
  • Investigating Light (Grades 2-6): Students conduct experiments that illustrate principles of light, shadows, color, reflection, refraction and more in this brilliant program.
  • Money! (Grades 3-5): Beg, barter and buy with this enjoyable introduction to the principles of economies and fiscal responsibility.
  • Groundwater Pollution (Grades 5-8): Using a simulator we’ll demonstrate how groundwater moves through a watershed from soil to aquifers to wetlands and rivers. Then, we’ll investigate how the permeability of different earth materials affects groundwater flow and aquifer formation. We’ll finish by observing the ways various pollutants move through groundwater to contaminate wells and learn what can be done to protect this important resource.
  • How We Use Water (Grades 5-8): Learn about the Great Lakes as one of the most important freshwater resources on Earth. Join us on a journey through the water cycle from the Earth’s surface to atmosphere and back again. Demonstrations and hands-on activities reveal how vital the Earth’s fresh water is and what we can do to conserve it. For more information about water, curriculum, and links visit
  • I Live in a Watershed (Grades 5-8): Learn about your watershed and how to protect it from pollution. Working in groups, students create a model community to develop an understanding of the ways in which land use impacts the water quality of local rivers and streams, and ultimately, the Great Lakes

Large Group Programs

  • Simple Machines (Grades K-5): Find out how six simple machines can help us perform work in this stage show with large props and audience participation.
  • Matter and Energy (Grades 2-8): Examine the makeup of matter and different forms of energy, including our popular static electricity generator and Elephant’s Toothpaste chemical reaction. Investigate alternative forms of energy like solar, wind, and water.
  • Forces and Motion (Grades K-8): Now for younger grades! Examine the how and why of motion, including forces, velocity, momentum, and laws of motion by using a trebuchet, hovercraft, sonar unit and more.

Looking for a Special Event?

Programs include:

  • Family Science Nights (Grades pre K-8): Students and parents can investigate the scientific world in an engaging and exciting after school event. Bring families into your school to cultivate an interest in science by having us set up eleven stations based on various branches of science. Events typically last two hours and require ten volunteers. Now you can customize your Family Science Night by selecting your stations from over twenty engaging options.
  • Custom Science Festivals (Grades pre K-8): Personalize your Cranbrook experience by developing a custom event just right for your school. These festivals can occur either during school or after school. Students and teachers can rotate through the programs as a whole class or as small groups. The stations can run from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Allow us to help you develop an engaging and interactive science day at your school!

Contact us to create a program that fits your needs!