Educator Guide 2019-20

The Institute of Science offers over 80 field trip programs as well as special and permanent exhibits, planetarium shows, and seasonal events. Download our current Educator Guide to peruse our offerings at your leisure.

COSMIC COLORS - AN ADVENTURE ALONG THE SPECTRUM
GRADES 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Journey with us across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color – why is the sky blue, why is Mars red? Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor’s office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur—based on recent evidence.

EVOLUTION OF THE STARS
GRADES 8 9 10 11 12+
Learn about the evolution of the stars, and the Sun in particular, in this energetic, informative program. From the turbulent cauldron of their birth through the multitude of cataclysmic ways they can meet their end, discover the many untold secrets of the stars.
This is a partially live-narrated program.

NIGHT SKY OBJECTS AND BEYOND
GRADES 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 0 11 12+
Find the Big Dipper, North Star, planets, and constellations in the current sky. Observe the apparent motion of the sky and venture into interstellar space to explore our starry home—the Milky Way Galaxy—in stunning three-dimensions!
This partially live-narrated program is updated weekly to reflect the latest astronomical discoveries or topics of interest.

ONE WORLD, ONE SKY: BIG BIRD’S ADVENTURE
GRADES P K 1 2 3
Join Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu on an exciting discovery of the Sun, Moon, and stars. Find the Big Dipper and the North Star. Take an imaginary trip that explores the differences between the Moon and Earth. Join them back on Earth to celebrate the idea that even though they live in different countries, they still share the same sky.

REASON FOR THE SEASONS
GRADES 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Could the seasons and the ever-changing night sky be linked? Find out in this dynamic, live presentation demonstrating why the start of the seasons depends on your location on Earth, as well as Earth’s position around the Sun. Observe the Sun’s altitude and daily motion from various latitudes and discover why your favorite constellations aren’t visible every night.
This is a live-narrated program.

SEASON CHANGES & MOON PHASES
GRADES 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Discover the reason for the seasons in this live presentation! Learn why the start of the seasons depends on your location on Earth, as well as Earth’s position around the Sun. Observe the Sun’s altitude and daily motion from various latitudes, visit Mars, discover the phases of the Moon, and uncover the mysteries of both solar and lunar eclipses.
This is a live-narrated program

SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET
GRADES K 1 2 3 4
Join two young adventurers as they turn an old cardboard box into a rocket and blast off on an out-of-this-world adventure to the most amazing places in the solar system! On the journey, they’ll visit the planets in our solar system and learn what makes each one unique.
This program is available in either a 30- or 40–minute format.

SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION
GRADES 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Through this in-depth experience, explore the planets in our solar system, from their formation billions of years ago, to the current robotic missions sent to unlock their secrets. Learn about the latest discoveries of comets, moons, and icy bodies in the Kuiper Belt and beyond. See what the planets look like in the night sky and how they move along their orbits over time.
This is a live-narrated program.

STORIES IN THE STARS
GRADES 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Travel to the Isle of Crete where the legends of Zeus, Hercules, Orion, Perseus, Medusa, and many others come to life. The Ancient Greeks and Romans may not have understood the nature of the stars, but they certainly had vivid imaginations as they created their mythological legends and stories while looking at them.
This is a live-narrated program.

YOUNG STARGAZERS SKY JOURNEY
GRADES P K 1
Together, let’s make the sky turn dark and sprinkle it with stars. During this program, your students will embark on a mesmerizing and educational journey through space watching the Moon change phases, tell stories by playing with connect-the-dot stars, and travel to the eight planets in our solar system – and even Pluto!
This is a live-narrated program.


Plan Your Field Trip

Field trips play an important role for students and educators. A new learning environment provides the opportunity to build team and small group skills and engage students on an intellectual, social and physical level.

Anthropology and Social Sciences

What does it mean to be Human? Explore the Human experience across time and place.

Astronomy and Space Science

What’s out there? Space science takes us exploring in our own galaxy...and beyond!

Chemistry

What is matter? Join in the LEGO® fun and discover how atoms interact, combine and change!

Earth Science

Ever wonder what’s below the ground we see? From crust to core, Earth Science explores our home.

Engineering

How do we solve problems? Engineering uses art, math, science and technology to design solutions.

Entertainment

Sit back, relax and have some fun! An array of regular and seasonal entertainment experiences are available in the Acheson Planetarium.

Life Science

What is biodiversity? Life science reveals the interconnectedness of all living things.

Physical Science

How does that work? Discover the science of the weather, physics, matter and electricity that surrounds us every day.

At Your School or On Screen

Cranbrook Institute of Science comes to you to host a field trip in your school year-round! Or through videoconferencing technology, we can bring high-quality science programs right into your classroom.