Science on the Screen!

Virtual Fieldtrips
Using High Definition videoconferencing technology, 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.

You must have videoconferencing equipment in your school or district to participate in Science on the Screen! virtual field trips. Connections are available via ISDN or IP.

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, archaeologist 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, students learn what adaptations are, how they are formed and why animals develop these amazing tools for survival. This program may include an owl, a bat, a flying squirrel and a skunk.

BATS OF THE WORLD 
GLCE ZONE 2 - 12 
Bats play an important role in the health of local and global ecosystems. Students learn to identify the unique features of bats around the world such as echolocation, flight and feeding habits. Understand how environmental changes are impacting bat populations. Meet live bats and become inspired to protect these misunderstood creatures.

BIODIVERSITY AND YOU 
GLCE ZONE 3 - 12 
Explore the amazing variety of wildlife on planet Earth. Discover the relationship between plants and animals and identify the features of the global ecosystem. Learn how human beings impact biodiversity and how people can protect biodiversity amidst environmental changes. Live animals may include a large fruit bat, a bearded dragon and a sugar glider.

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.

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.