Science on the Go!

Host a field trip in your school! Cranbrook Institute of Science educators share the excitement of science in your school or classroom.

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

Pricing

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

Small group programs work well for up to 30 students. Choose from a variety of topics, covering anthropology, astronomy, earth science, fluid earth, physics and life science.

  • DINOSAURS
    GLCE ZONE PK–4
    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.
  • ELECTRICITY
    GLCE ZONE 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.
  • GROUNDWATER POLLUTION
    GLCE ZONE 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
    GLCE ZONE 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 greatlakeswatershed.org.
  • I LIVE IN A WATERSHED
    GLCE ZONE 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.
  • INVESTIGATING LIGHT
    GLCE ZONE 2–6
    Students conduct experiments that illustrate principles of light, shadows, color, reflection, refraction and more in this brilliant program.
  • IT’S A SMALL WORLD!
    GLCE ZONE PK–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.
  • MONEY!
    GLCE ZONE 2–5
    Beg, barter and buy with this enjoyable introduction to the principles of economies and fiscal responsibility.
  • THE PEOPLE OF THE THREE FIRES
    GLCE ZONE 2–6
    Discover Michigan’s rich culture and history of the Ojibway, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes through interactive activities and authentic artifacts.
  • ROCKS, MINERALS & FOSSILS
    GLCE ZONE 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.
  • SCIENTIFIC METHOD
    GLCE ZONE 1–8
    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
    GLCE ZONE 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.
  • WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE
    GLCE ZONE 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.

Large Group Programs

Large group programs work well for groups of up to 150 students and provide an up-close look at the physical sciences.

  • FORCE AND MOTION
    GLCE ZONE K–8
    Examine the how and why of motion, including forces, velocity, momentum, and laws of motion by using a trebuchet, hovercraft, sonar unit and more.
  • MATTER AND ENERGY
    GLCE ZONE 2–8
    Learn how scientists classify common materials with emphasis on water, and then explore “weird” substances that blur the boundaries between states of matter. Apply light, heat, electricity and other forms of energy to matter and observe the results. We finish with a BANG when we change chemical potential energy into kinetic energy!
  • SIMPLE MACHINES
    GLCE ZONE K–5
    Find out how six simple machines can help us perform work in this stage show with large props and audience participation.

Looking for a Special Event?

Programs include:

  • FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHTS
    GLCE ZONE PK–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 and extend your students S.T.E.M. learning by having us set up 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
    GLCE ZONE K–5
    Personalize your Cranbrook experience by developing a custom event just right for your school. Expand students’ learning from STEM into STEAM by incorporating some customized activities that involve the “A”rts along with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These festivals can occur either during 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!