Educator Guide 2018-19

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.

AT YOUR SCHOOL - SCIENCE ON THE GO!

Can’t come to the Institute of Science? No problem – let us bring science education right into your classroom with Science on the GO! Our Science on the GO! programs are offered year-round.

Our educators will share their excitement for science with investigative materials, interactive programming, and fun props that will promise to engage your students at your school.

  • SCIENCE ON THE GO! SMALL GROUPS (MAX 30 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM) $275
    • FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PROGRAM $175
  • SCIENCE ON THE GO! LARGE GROUPS (MAX 150 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM) $325
    • FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PROGRAM $200
  • SCIENCE ON THE GO! FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT (MAX 300 PARTICIPANTS PER PROGRAM) $675, BASED ON STATION SELECTIONS, ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FEES MAY APPLY
  • ACHESON MOBILE PLANETARIUM FIRST SHOW $400 PLUS TRAVEL FEES
    • FOR EACH ADDITIONAL SHOW $250

Call 248 645-3210 to register or for multi-program pricing.

SMALL GROUP PROGRAMS

Small group programs are designed for up to 30 students. Choose from a variety of topics, including anthropology, astronomy, earth science, fluid earth, physics, and life science.

CHEMICAL REACTIONS – NEW LEGO® Bricks Program
Grade Level: 6 7 8
Introduce your students to molecules, atoms, chemical notation, and chemical compounds using LEGO® Bricks! Use this program as an introduction to chemistry, as an enrichment for students with a basic understanding, or as an end-of-unit experience. Students will perform chemical reactions, collect data, and manipulate LEGO® Bricks to model the reactions.

This program requires an additional $4/person for a 90-minute session and supplies.

CONTINENTAL DRIFT TO PLATE TECTONICS 
Grade Level: 5 6 7 8 
Explore and evaluate Alfred Wegener’s evidence for continental drift and the existence of the supercontinent using rocks, fossils, and casts from Antarctica, Africa, and Australia. See how new technology and exploration of the deep oceans provided further evidence for the theory of plate tectonics, including earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, rift valleys, rocks, and minerals—including events that occurred in Michigan more than a billion years ago!

DINOSAURS
Grade Level: P K 1 2 3
Hold a 65 million-year-old dinosaur fossil, learn how dinosaurs adapted to their surroundings, and dig for fossils like a paleontologist in this program designed especially for young students.

Dig boxes will be brought into classrooms.

DNA STRUCTURE AND REPLICATION – NEW
Grade Level: 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Build and manipulate a 3-D model of DNA from the smallest nucleotides to a completed double helix. Develop a better understanding of the terms associated with replication by modeling the process from start to finish.

ELECTRICITY
Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8
Examine the nature of electricity by modeling electron flow, building circuits, and exploring generators. Investigate the many ways that electricity impacts our lives and how different forms of energy are converted into electrical energy.

HOW WE USE WATER
Grade Level: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
This hands-on adventure will take students through the water cycle from the Earth’s surface to the atmosphere and back again. Demonstration and hands-on activities highlight the most significant freshwater ecosystem on Earth, the Great Lakes, and how we can conserve this precious resource.

I LIVE IN A WATERSHED
Grade Level: 5 6 7 8
Learn about your local watershed and how we can protect it from pollution. Working in groups, students create model communities to better understand how land use impacts water quality of local rivers and streams, and ultimately affects the Great Lakes.

INQUIRY INVESTIGATION
Grade Level: P K 1 2 3
Utilize this inquiry-based experience to explore the concept of motion. As students study cause and effect relationships, they’ll practice scientific processes by asking questions, observing, making a plan, exploring materials, and communicating their ideas to each other, all while learning what causes objects to move.

INVESTIGATING LIGHT
Grade Level: 2 3 4 5 6
Conduct experiments that illustrate principles of light, shadows, color, reflection, refraction, and more in this brilliant program.

IT’S A SMALL WORLD!
Grade Level: P K 1 2 3
Use models, microscopes, and live samples to explore the similarities and differences between insects and arachnids. Develop an understanding of the importance of the small, living world around us.

MICHIGAN ECOSYSTEMS
Grade Level: 4 5 6 7 8
Collaborate in teams to design a food web in different ecosystems and investigate Michigan's ecological diversity. Explore the interrelationships between biotic and abiotic factors and how energy flows through food webs to sustain life.

MONEY!
Grade Level: 3 4 5
Exercise your students’ math skills to help them develop an understanding of the importance of fiscal responsibility, and how economics impacts their daily lives. Games and activities illuminate the role of scarcity that drives human activities to meet our wants and needs.

ROCKS, MINERALS & FOSSILS
Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8
Using Cranbrook’s world-class collection, students will learn about the formation and classification of rocks and minerals and explore fossil evidence confirming Michigan was once covered by an ocean.

THE PEOPLE OF THE THREE FIRES
Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8
Enter the world of the Ottawa, Ojibway, and Potawatomi tribes, also known as The People of the Three Fires. Explore their language, sports, art, and cultural ideas (both past and present) through artifacts and interactive games.

TRANSCRIBING DNA AND RNA – NEW
Grade Level: 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Together, let’s learn and explore how we go from DNA to protein using hands-on manipulatives. Walk away with a greater understanding of how mRNA differs from DNA, how to transcribe and translate DNA, and the importance of proteins to our everyday lives.

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE
Grade Level: 2 3 4
Explore the water cycle, make a cloud in a bottle, view the effects of pollution on groundwater, and understand the many ways that we use water with this interactive program that’s bound to make a splash.

WAVES AND ENERGY – NEW
Grade Level: 6 7 8
Working in pairs, gain a better understanding for where our energy comes from and how it travels to Earth. Manipulate a pendulum to model a wave, discussing various phenomena related to waves and energy.

LARGE GROUP PROGRAMS

Large group programs are designed for groups of up to 150 students providing an up-close look at physical sciences.

FORCES AND MOTION
Grade Level: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Examine the how and why of motion. Explore the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces and Newton's laws of motion. The program utilizes Van de Graaff generator, Newton's cradle, hovercraft, and motion carts to demonstrate the forces and motion in the world around us.

MATTER AND ENERGY
Grade Level: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Learn how scientists classify common materials through an emphasis on water, then explore "weird" substances that blur the boundaries between states of matter. Apply light, heat, electricity, and other forms of energy to matter and behold the results. Finish with a BANG when we change chemical potential energy into kinetic energy!

SIMPLE MACHINES
Grade Level: K 1 2 3 4 5
Explore the world of simple machines with our larger-than-life examples of an inclined plane, wedge, screw, lever, wheel and axle, and pulley. Learn how simple machines help us perform work with ease.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Bring your school community together to share in an engaging, energetic, and educational hands-on experience! Cranbrook Institute of Science can meet the variety of needs and interests in your school, your classroom, and your community. Our Science on the GO! programs are STEAM-focused and are ideal for school events, extracurricular clubs, latchkey groups, homeschool programs, and community and neighborhood events.

CUSTOM SCIENCE FESTIVALS
Grade Level: P K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8+
Personalize your Cranbrook Institute of Science experience by letting us customize an event just for your school and expand your students learning in STEM and STEAM. Festivals can occur during or after school, and students and teachers can rotate through the programs as a class or in smaller groups. Stations can run from 10 to 30 minutes.

FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHTS
Grade Level: P K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8+
Students and parents can investigate the scientific world together in an engaging after school event. Bring families into your school to cultivate an interest in science and extend your students’ STEAM learning through our hands-on science stations. Events typically last two hours and require at least 12 volunteers. Customize your Family Science Night by selecting stations from more than 40 engaging options.

Once you book a Family Science Night we’ll send you a list of stations you can select from.

ACHESON MOBILE PLANETARIUM

Grade Level: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Enter our new portable, digital planetarium and journey through the night sky discovering distant stars, planets, constellations, and more. Most of the planetarium programs offered at the Institute are available, except for Spacepark360 and SpacePark360: Lucid Dreaming Edition.

The Acheson Mobile Planetarium can seat 50-60 individuals comfortably and requires 14' ceilings and a footprint of approximately 25' x 25'. For larger groups, we suggest planning a minimum of 15 minutes for both entering and exiting.

Travel Costs:
Macomb, Oakland, Wayne: $60
Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw: $85
Ingham, Monroe, St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola: $110
Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee: $135
Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland: $150
Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent: $185

For counties not listed, please call 248 645.3210 for pricing.

First Show: $400
Additional Shows: $250 each

The Acheson Mobile Planetarium is offered year-round.


ON YOUR SCREEN - SCIENCE ON THE SCREEN!

Through videoconferencing technology, we can bring high-quality science programs right into the classroom.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Using the latest high-definition videoconferencing technology, Cranbrook Institute of Science brings 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 are NGSS-aligned. Each 45-minute program includes teacher resource information, a session outline, and any required activity kits.

  • SCIENCE ON THE SCREEN! (MAX 30 PARTICIPANTS PER PROGRAM, PRICE PER PROGRAM) $125

You may use a computer connection or other videoconferencing equipment in your school or district to participate in Science on the SCREEN! virtual field trips.

ASK THE EXPERT - EXPLORING CAREERS IN THE MUSEUM
Grade Level: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Give your students the opportunity to meet a real scientist and discover what it’s like being a paleontologist, anthropologist, astronomer, 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.

NATIVE AMERICA
Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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
Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Enter the world of the Ottawa, Ojibway, and Potawatomi tribes, also known as The People of the Three Fires. Explore their language, sports, art, and cultural ideas (both past and present) through artifacts and interactive games.

THE ICE AGE AND YOUR SCHOOL: HOW COOL WERE YOU?
Grade Level: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Based on your geographic location, students will explore the ice age and investigate the evidence of 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.