• 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.

  • Scouts

    The best place for Scouts to explore STEAM! We offer unique, fun-filled workshops, designed specifically for Scouts. Come to the Museum for your workshop and get hands-on as you explore math, science, technology, and more.

  • 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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Preschool Lab: All About Our Senses (Ages 3-5)

Explore four of the five senses. Can you see a sound? Smell a color? Come play with us and explore sight, sound, smell and touch. Register today!

Cost: $2 per student

State of Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten, 2012

  • Children begin to develop skills of comparing and classifying objects, relationships and events in their environment. (HSCOP-M 3.2.1, 3.2.4, 3.3.2, 3.3.3)
  • Children show a beginning awareness of scientific knowledge related to living and nonliving things. (HSCOF 4.2.1, 4.2.2)

All About Our Senses Pre-visit Information

During Your Visit to the ScienceWorks Lab students will be expected to:

  • Sit in tables of 6 students and (at least) 1 adult
  • Be prepared to give their attention to the Lab instructors when requested to “Give Me Five"
  • Work cooperatively with one another at the table
  • Follow the hands-on procedures just as the Lab teacher or assistant explains them
  • Handle materials and equipment carefully

It is important that teachers and chaperones:

  • Help to focus the students’ attention
  • Assist students with the hands-on activities and experiments when necessary
  • Turn off cell phones and pagers during the class

All About Our Senses Post-visit Activity: Sensory Matching

Post-visit activities will help reiterate new concepts and tie the ScienceWorks Lab experience to your classroom curriculum. Below you will find a classroom activity and a list of suggested resources for further information. We hope that you enjoyed your field trip. Visit us again!

Introduction: What are our five senses? We use our nose for smelling, our eyes for seeing, our hands for touching, our ears for hearing, and sometimes, our tongue for tasting. This activity will let us use our sense of touch, sight, and smell as we make sensory cards.

Materials:

  • index cards of any size or color
  • glue (preferably liquid, rather than glue sticks)
  • a variety of spices, powders, glitters etc. The following work well:
    • cocoa powder
    • cinnamon spice
    • mustard powder
    • salt
    • pepper
    • sand or dirt
    • Jell-O powder
    • sugar
    • glitter
  • Ziploc bags

Procedure:

  1. Apply a thin layer of glue to the center of the index card.
  2. Sprinkle the powder or spice onto the glue.
  3. Repeat, putting a different powder or spice on each different index card.
  4. Let the cards dry overnight.
  5. Put the different cards into the Ziploc bags, so each student will have a variety of textures and scents to explore.
  6. Distribute the bags to the students and encourage them to feel and smell the cards. Spices can be scratched like a scratch and sniff card to give off their scent.

Discussion:

As students look at, feel, and smell the different cards, encourage them to make observations using their senses. Cards can be matched and paired: the glitter and the salt are shiny, and I know this because I use my eyes to see; The cinnamon, the Jell-O, and the cocoa smell good, we know this because of our sense of smell; the sand and the pepper feel rough, I feel this with my hands.

Suggested Resources

Books
Aliki. My Five Senses (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1). New York: HarperCollins, 1989. Print.
Roca, Nuria. The 5 Senses (Let’s Learn About). Illus. Rosa M. Curto. Barron’s Educational Series, 2006. Print.

Internet
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chsense.html
http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/teaching-the-five-senses.html

Preschool Lab: All About Our Senses (Ages 3-5)

ScienceWorks

School

30 minutes

PreK

20, 30, 60, 100

Natural Sciences