AT YOUR SCHOOL - SCIENCE ON THE GO!

Cranbrook Institute of Science comes to you to host a field trip in your school year-round! Institute educators share their excitement of science with investigative materials and fun props that promise to engage your students!

SMALL GROUP PROGRAMS

Maximum of 30 students per program; $275 per program; each additional program is $175.

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

CONTINENTAL DRIFT TO PLATE TECTONICS
Grade Level: 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Explore and evaluate Alfred Wegener’s evidence for continental drift and the existence of the supercontinent Pangaea with numerous 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 how the theory explains the present day distribution of earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, rift valleys, rocks and minerals—including plate tectonic events that occurred in Michigan over 1 billion years ago!

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

ELECTRICITY
Grade Level: 3 4 5 6
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: 5 6 7 8
Learn about the Great Lakes as one of the most important freshwater resources on Earth. Join us on a journey through the water cycle from the Earth’s surface to atmosphere and back again. Demonstrations and hands-on activities reveal how vital the Earth’s fresh water is and what we can do to conserve it. For more information about water, curriculum, and links visit greatlakeswatershed.org.

I LIVE IN A WATERSHED
Grade Level: 5 6 7 8
Learn about your watershed and how to protect it from pollution. Working in groups,students create a model community to develop an understanding of the ways in which land use impacts the water quality of local rivers and streams, and ultimately, the Great Lakes.

INQUIRY INVESTIGATION
Grade Level: P K 1 2 3
Utilize this inquiry-based experience to explore the concept of what causes objects to move. Students practice the scientific process by asking questions, making observations, exploring different materials, and communicating their ideas.

INVESTIGATING LIGHT
Grade Level: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Students 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
Investigate the small world of insects and arachnids. 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
Investigate the diversity of Michigan’s ecosystems. Explore 6 different Michigan Ecosystems and construct a food web among the biotic and abiotic factors in the ecosystems. Examine the interrelationships between these factors and how energy flows through the food webs to sustain life in any ecosystem.

MONEY!
Grade Level: 2 3 4 5
Beg, barter and buy with this enjoyable introduction to the principles of economies and fiscal responsibility.

THE PEOPLE OF THE THREE FIRES
Grade Level: 2 3 4 5 6
Discover Michigan’s rich culture and history of the Ojibway, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes through interactive activities and authentic artifacts.

ROCKS, MINERALS & FOSSILS
Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8
Using Cranbrook’s world-class rock and mineral collection and authentic fossils, students will learn about the formation of rocks and minerals. They will also engage in an activity investigating the rock cycle.

SCIENTIFIC PROCESS
Grade Level: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Students will discover the process that scientists use to understand the world around us. They will engage in a small group collaborative experiment using the steps of the scientific process.

STARLAB
Grade Level: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Enter our portable planetarium and journey through the night sky discovering distant stars, planets and constellations. Immerse yourself in the lore behind the pictures in the sky.

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

LARGE GROUP PROGRAMS

Maximum of 150 students per program; $325 per program; each additional program is $200.

Large group programs work well for groups of up to 150 students and provide an up-close look at the physical sciences.

FORCE AND MOTION
Grade Level: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Examine the how and why of motion, including forces, velocity, momentum, and laws of motion by using a trebuchet, hovercraft, sonar unit and more.

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

SIMPLE MACHINES
Grade Level: K 1 2 3 4 5
Find out how simple machines can help us perform work in this stage show with large props and audience participation.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Maximum of 300 participants per program; $675 per program; based upon station selections, additional material fees may apply.

Bring your school community together to share in a fun 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 S.T.E.A.M. focused and perfect for school events, extracurricular clubs, latch-key programs, and community and neighborhood events.

CUSTOM SCIENCE FESTIVALS
Grade Level: P K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Personalize your Cranbrook experience by developing a custom event just right for your school. Expand students’ learning from S.T.E.M. into S.T.E.A.M. by incorporating some customized activities that involve the “A”rts along with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These festivals can occur either during or after school. Students and teachers can rotate through the programs as a whole class or as small groups. The stations can run from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Allow us to help you develop an engaging and interactive science day at your school!

FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHTS
Grade Level: P K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Students and parents can investigate the scientific world in an engaging and exciting after school event. Bring families into your school to cultivate an interest in science and extend your students S.T.E.A.M. learning by having us set up stations based on various branches of science. Events typically last two hours and require at least 12 volunteers. Now you can customize your Family Science Night by selecting your stations from over forty engaging options.

*Based on station selections, additional material fees may apply.


VIRTUALLY - SCIENCE ON THE SCREEN!

Maximum 30 students per program; $125 per program.

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

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Using the latest High Definition videoconferencing technology with chroma-key effects, Cranbrook Institute of Science brings quality science 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 align with the Michigan GLCEs. Each 45-minute program includes teacher resource information, a session outline and any required activity kits.

You must have videoconferencing equipment in your school or district to participate in Science on the Screen! virtual field trips. Connections are available via ISDN or IP.

For alternate connection options, please contact us at 248 645.3235.

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

ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS
Grade Level: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Discover the fascinating features and adaptations of Michigan’s native nocturnal animals. In this program, students learn what adaptations are, how they are formed and why animals develop these amazing tools for survival. This program may include an owl, a bat, a flying squirrel and a skunk.

BATS OF THE WORLD
Grade Level: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Bats play an important role in the health of local and global ecosystems. Students learn to identify the unique features of bats around the world such as echolocation, flight and feeding habits. Understand how environmental changes are impacting bat populations. Meet live bats and become inspired to protect these misunderstood creatures.

BIODIVERSITY AND YOU
Grade Level: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Explore the amazing variety of wildlife on planet Earth. Discover the relationship between plants and animals and identify the features of the global ecosystem. Learn how human beings impact biodiversity and how people can protect biodiversity amidst environmental changes. Live animals may include a large fruit bat, a bearded dragon and a sugar glider.

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 of Michigan. Artifacts, graphics and commentary combine to reveal the history of Michigan’s First Peoples. The program touches upon language, history arts and cultural ideals—both past and present—of the tribes known as “The People of the Three Fires”.

THE ICE AGE AND YOUR SCHOOL: HOW COOL WERE YOU?
Grade Level: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Explore the world of the ice age and investigate the evidence of that remarkable past in 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. This program is tailored to your geographic location. Emphasis is placed on the benchmarks for your group’s grade level.


Call to Register

For Science on the Go! or Science on the Screen! programs, please call our Scheduling Office at 248 645.3210 or contact us at the email below.