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.

GRADES 4 5 6 7 8
Explore the world of extraordinary personas with real-world problems. Students will use empathy and their imaginations to solve challenges before designing and building prototypes of their solutions. This session will challenge them to use design thinking processes to develop skills as a designer, inventor, maker, architect, engineer, and more.
This 90-minute program has an additional $4/person fee.

GRADES 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration in this immersive program in the Acheson Planetarium. By using exciting real-life projects like NASA’s James Webb 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.

GRADES 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Students will embark on a journey of discovery and investigation to help them better understand how humanity achieved incredible engineering feats using imagination and know-how. This education-focused program explores many of humanity’s engineering accomplishments throughout recorded history. This exciting program explains each STEM focus area through real-world applications – from development of the simple lever and the catastrophic power of medieval siege engines to space flight.
From Levers to Lift-off is made possible by the generous support of the Baiardi Family Foundation.
This program takes place in the Acheson Planetarium and other demonstration areas. It requires an additional $5/person. 

GRADES 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 crew. 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 emphasizes engineering skills and out-of-the-box thinking.

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.