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: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Dazzling state-of-the-art digital effects are choreographed to favorite wintry tunes and Christmas music, including: Wizards in Winter (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Jingle Bell Rock (Bill Haley & The Comets), Merry Little Christmas (Tony Bennett), Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), Winter Wonderland (Dean Martin), and more. Offered Nov. 1–Dec. 22, 2017. 

Grade Level: P K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Let it Snow features a variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans- Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation and all-dome scenery in the audio- visual setting of the Acheson Planetarium. This 32-minute program is a fun and entertaining experience for all ages. Offered Nov. 1–Dec. 22, 2017. 

Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Journey back to Bethlehem as we examine the possible scientific explanation for the Star the Magi followed to find the baby Jesus. Using recorded sightings of significant astronomical occurrences during related historical events, we’ll investigate possible dates for the birth of Jesus. This astronomical look at the Christmas story will charm and captivate audiences of all ages. Offered Nov. 1–Dec. 22, 2017. 

Grade Level: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Riders dip toward molten pools on Io, dodge flying particles in the rings of Uranus, do a loop-the-loop through the canyons of Mars and more on nine different “rides.” Set to popular music by White Zombies, U2, Stealers Wheel, Lenny Kravitz and others, SpacePark360 is an immersive, all-ages experience unlike any other.

Grade Level: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
The same great visuals as SpacePark360 but this time set to the infectious music of A Burning Century, an Atlanta-based alternative-rock-electronica band with a sound that combines soaring melodies with hard-hitting rhythms. Lucid Dreaming, the debut album from A Burning Century, is available for purchase in the Science Shop.

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.