Educator Guide 2017-18

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.

Grade Level: 4 5 6 7 8
Students explore a variety of approaches and tools to design solutions to everyday problems. Students will be encouraged to inquire, investigate, communicate, imagine, design and built prototypes of their solutions. Problem solving is a continuous process that requires students to fail often, and fail early. This program will empower the students to taking on any problem.

Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration in this brand-new immersive program in the Acheson Planetarium. By using exciting real-life projects like NASA’s James Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the show highlights the extreme nature of spacecraft engineering and the life cycle of a space mission—from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations. Blast off and take the voyage with us! This program also contains an interactive segment that allows participants to assist in the design of a virtual space mission. From Dream to Discovery is made possible by the generous support of the Baiardi Family Foundation. This program takes place in the Acheson Planetarium.

Grade Level: 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Engineering: From Levers to Lift-off is an education-focused program that explores many of humanity’s engineering accomplishments throughout recorded history. This exciting program explains each STEM focus area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through real-world applications—from the development of the simple lever and the catastrophic power of medieval siege engines to space flight.

Set in the Institute’s Acheson Planetarium and other demonstration areas, Engineering: From Levers to Lift-off will take students on a journey of discovery and investigation to help them better understand how humanity achieved amazing engineering feats by using imagination and know-how.There is a $5 upcharge per student for this program.

Engineering: From Levers to Lift-off is made possible by the generous support of the Baiardi Family Foundation.

Grade Level: 5 6 7 8
Learn about one of NASA's greatest problem-solving moments when engineers fit a "square peg into a round hole" and saved the Apollo 13 lunar mission crew. Then test problem-solving skills by assembling a track to guide a ball around obstacles and across a board using a limited set of tools. This program stresses engineering skills and thinking out-of-the-box.

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!


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.


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


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.