Science on the Screen!

Virtual Fieldtrips
Using the latest High Definition videoconferencing technology with chroma-key effects, Cranbrook Institute of Science brings quality science programs directly to your classroom!

  • Distance learning enables students to connect with our scientists and become active participants in the learning experience.
  • Programs address national standards and align with the Michigan GLCEs. Each 45-minute program includes teacher resource information, a session outline and any required activity kits.

Per classroom (max. 30) $125

Cranbrook IP Address: 4.53.78.41

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


Programs

ASK THE EXPERT
GLCE ZONE 2 - 12
Give your students the opportunity to meet a scientist and discover what it’s like being a paleontologist, geologist or other museum professional. Every program is unique, as each expert uses multi-media programs, artifacts, and their own personal experiences and research to bring their life’s work to your classroom.

ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS 
GLCE ZONE 2 - 12
Discover the fascinating features and adaptations of Michigan’s native nocturnal animals. In this program, learn what adaptations are, how they are formed and why animals develop these amazing tools for survival. This program includes an owl, a bat and a flying squirrel.

BATS OF THE WORLD 
GLCE ZONE 2 - 12 
Learn the truth about bats and how they live in this exciting multi-media presentation. Find out how bats use sound waves (echolocation) to navigate in the dark, the bat’s role in the food web and explore conservation issues and ecosystems from Michigan and around the world. Meet bats from North America, South America and Africa – some with a three-foot wingspan!

BIODIVERSITY AND YOU 
GLCE ZONE 3 - 12 
Explore the amazing variety of wildlife on planet Earth and discover the interconnectedness between plants and animals. Topics include the balance of natural ecosystems, how humans are impacting biodiversity (habitat destruction, invasive species, climate change), and simple actions that can be taken to protect wildlife from extinction. Live animals include a bearded dragon, a sugar glider and a large fruit bat.

NATIVE AMERICA 
GLCE ZONE 3 - 12
Explore the history and culture of the tribes/ nations of your State or Province using artifacts drawn from the Institute’s collections, historical photographs and documents. This program is tailored to each group’s interests based upon grade level and educator requirements.

Program require one month lead time to assemble the appropriate artifacts and materials.

THE PEOPLE OF THE THREE FIRES 
GLCE ZONE 3 - 12 
Enter the world of the Ottawa, Ojibway and Potawatomi tribes of Michigan. Artifacts, interactive games and activities combine to reveal the history of Michigan’s First Peoples. The program touches upon language, sports and games, arts and cultural ideals—both past and present—of the tribes known as “The People of the Three Fires”.

THE ICE AGE AND YOUR SCHOOL:
HOW COOL WERE YOU?

GLCE ZONE 4 - 12
Explore the world of the ice age and investigate the evidence of that remarkable past in the local landscape and prehistoric biota to place your school and community in a global context. Evaluate theories for past and present changes in global climate with a geologist that has explored the Antarctic ice sheet, including the South Pole. This program is tailored to your geographic location. Emphasis is placed on the benchmarks for your group’s grade level.