• Field Trip

    More than 250 interactive science, technology, energy and health exhibits await students of all ages.  We’re experts at making sure that bringing your group to the Museum is smooth sailing all the way. Discounted admission for groups of 20 or more!

  • ScienceWorks

    Your students become scientists during our ScienceWorks Labs. All programs align with National Science Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core State Standards. Labs are available year-round for preschool to middle school students.

  • Outreach

    It's Science on Wheels: We bring the Museum to you!  We offer fun, inquiry-based programs for the students in your classroom, library, festival or youth center! All programs address objectives outlined in the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and include pre- and post-visit activities.

  • Distance Learning

    Our educators use videoconferencing to engage your students in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Program kits sent to classroom teachers include nearly everything you need for experiments. Kits are yours to keep! All programs address National Science Education Standards and align with Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.

  • Professional Development

    Join us for fast-paced, hands-on teacher workshops that provide elementary and middle school educators with new hands-on tools for incorporating interactive science and math activities into your classroom.  Join us for professional development opportunities both at the museum and at your school.

  • Scout Camp-Ins

    Stay overnight with us as we dive deep into science experiments! These events are designed especially for our Scout audience. 

  • Summer Camp

    Explore week-long science and math activities in conjuntion with Ann Arbor Rec&Ed and other local organizations.  Elementary and middle school children can investigate a different theme each week through hands-on and engaging fun.

  • Birthday Parties

    What do you get when you mix one part science, one part fun, and one part celebration? A birthday party at the Museum! Experience a birthday full of discovery by exploring more than 250 exhibits and experimenting with a hands-on activity. Celebrate in a unique and interactive environment to make your special day really special!

  • Evening Workshops

    Want to dive deeply into specific topics? Join us for an Evening Workshop! Explore a variety of science concepts through hands-on activities, interactive demos, and experiments in a small group setting. Topics vary from stop-motion animation to computer programming to engineering – there’s sure to be something that piques your interest!

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*Enhanced* Ahoy! The Wonders of Water

Distance Learning: *Enhanced* Ahoy! The Wonders of Water

Land Ho! Go on a high seas adventure examining the wondrous properties of water. Take a journey into a drop of water and examine the structure and behavior of water molecules. Come explore surface tension, why things sink or float, and other unique properties of water with a series of hands-on experiments with Captain Waterpants as your guide.  Register today!

  • Grade level: 1 – 4
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $135
  • Available: Year-Round

Each Distance Learning program includes:

  • A 50-minute interactive program

  • A kit with materials for interactive experiments for 30 students

  • Extension activities and resources for further exploration

  • To make your program an enjoyable and memorable experience please be sure to review the Videoconferencing Tips

Please note: Your school or ISD must have videoconferencing equipment to participate in Distance Learning Programs.

Click here to schedule your Distance Learning Program today!

U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understanding about scientific inquiry

U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.2 Physical Science

  • Properties of objects and materials
  • Position and motion of objects

U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science

  • Properties of earth materials

Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, Science v.1.09

  • Demonstrate the ability to sort objects according to observable attributes such as color, shape, size, sinking, or floating. (P.PM.01.11)
  • Demonstrate that water as a liquid takes on the shape of various containers. (P.PM.01.22)
  • Describe objects and substances according to their properties (color, size, shape, texture, hardness, liquid or solid, sinking or floating). (P.PM.02.12)
  • Communicate and present findings of observations and investigations. (S.IA.03.13)
  • Compare and contrast the states (solids, liquids, gases) of matter. (P.PM.04.23)

Next Generation Science Standards

Students participating in this program will explore science content as stated in the Disciplinary Core Ideas. They will engage in science and engineering practices as they plan and conduct investigations to answer questions regarding the properties of water.

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

  • Different kinds of matter exist and many of them can be either solid or liquid, depending on temperature. Matter can be described and classified by its observable properties.
  • Matter of any type can be subdivided into particles that are too small to see, but even then the matter still exists and can be detected by other means. A model showing that gases are made from matter particles that are too small to see and are moving freely around in space can explain many observations, including the inflation and shape of a balloon and the effects of air on larger particles or objects. 
*Enhanced* Ahoy! The Wonders of Water

Distance Learning

School

50 minutes

K-2nd, 3-5th

30

Earth and Space Sciences, Physical Sciences