• 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.

Types of Outreach Programs:

Single Visit Workshops for PreK-8th grade

  • 50 and 90minute workshops for individual classrooms
  • Variety of topics designed for specific grade levels

New! Series Workshops for classes that wish for more in-depth science exploration

  • Meets all the requirements for Title-One Funding in Washtenaw County
  • Each program consists of a series of workshops ranging from  3 to 12 weeks led by a highly  qualified, Michigan teacher and an assistant
  • Each workshop includes a writing component and scientist journals for every student. Students will also receive a goody bag at the conclusion of the series. 

Family Fun Science Nights (evening) for families

  • Interactive science and math activities geared towards the whole family, encouraging parental involvement in their children’s learning
  • Special Young Scientist Family Night for preschoolers!

Super Science and Math Days (daytime) for PreK-8th grade

  • Interactive activities during the school day
  • Science and math-based program for individual grades or the whole school

Try-This-At-Home (and Other Demos) Auditorium Programs

  • Auditorium-styled assembly programs for the whole school
  • Variety of themes available in accordance with grade levels Summer Science Festivals
  • Available all yearlong!  Infuse your event with fun, educational activities
  • Great addition to end of the year parties

Custom Programs

  • Want to see something else?  We can customize almost any program. You never know what’s possible until you ask!

To Register for an Outreach Program

  • Contact the Outreach Coordinator at 734.995.5439 (if you encounter a recorded message, please leave complete information and we will return your call — no reservation request left as a recorded message can be guaranteed)
  • In addition to program fees, a round-trip mileage fee will be charged. This rate varies, but is currently $0.60/mile. If different, we will let you know when booking!
  • Scholarships are available through the Discover Science Assistance Fund to those who qualify.
  • A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation
  • Final payment is due 30 days prior to your scheduled program
  • If a program is cancelled less than 4 weeks before the scheduled date, the Museum keeps the entire fee (this fee can be applied to a rescheduled date)
  • For more information please contact the Outreach Coordinator at 734.995.5439 or use our Contact Form to send an email.

Severe Weather Policy

In the event of severe weather, programs may be cancelled. The Museum will cancel a program if school is cancelled in the AAPS school system, the location of the event or in between. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up Outreach Program, payment will be refunded less a 25% registration fee, which may be applied to a future program. Rescheduling is the responsibility of the school and not the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. 

Outreach

FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Mathematics

Math, with a science twist. You won’t believe how much fun it is — see math activities you have never seen before.  Register today!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Physical Science

Chemistry and physics combine to give you a unique look into how the world works.  Register today!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Natural Science

We bring ecology and biology together for a creative exploration of the natural world.  Register today!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Variety Night

We offer you a wide range of science and math activities — a little bit of everything — physics, chemistry, biology, math, earth science! We even have a Variety Night for middle school audiences.  Register today!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Young Scientist Night

Get your preschoolers engaged in science. This collection of 15 activities is great for the youngest of scientists. Activities include measurement, animal adaptations, mixing colors, magnets and more.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Simple Machines

Learn the golden rule of “force for distance” by testing it yourself. Discover how simple machines reduce effort to make work easier.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Fossil Record

We’ll take a look at actual fossils and find clues hidden within that will help us learn something about life millions of years ago. Students will get to invent their own prehistoric animals, follow along in the story of fossilization, and learn about our planet’s various biologic and geologic processes.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Egg Drop Soup

The classic egg drop experiment! Students are given credits to purchase materials to protect their egg from damage in freefall. Concepts in this workshop range from gravity to economics.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Circuits

Introduces information on the principles of electricity and circuits. Test these principles by using interlocking components to build your own circuits.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Extreme Physics of Motion

60-minutes of Roller Coasters and 30-minutes with the Newtonian Catch. Newtonian Catch is a large physics demonstration where participants experience relative motion first-hand. Please call for details!  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Magnetism

Use magnets to perform tasks and learn basic magnet vocabulary. Explore how magnets work and how we use them in our daily lives.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Boomerangs: Flying with Style

Learn all about flying in this aerodynamic workshop! Participants will make a variety of airborne toys and explore the physics of flight.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Bubbles all Around

Take a look at surface tension in this interactive, bubble adventure. Students will learn how to make and measure different bubbles.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP A Bug's Eye View

Experience the alien world of arthropods through this special, interactive workshop. Fun activities and lively demonstrations give students a first-hand look at insects, arachnids and more with plenty to touch!  Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Water Cycle

Look beyond the four stages of the water cycle and get a first-hand look at the many paths of a water molecule. Where does the rain come from and where does it go after it hits the ground? With activities and movement, students begin to answer many questions about water.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Crime Lab

Students are immersed in the intriguing world of forensics as they work together to solve a mock crime.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Chemistry

Awaken the chemist in you. Students explore states of matter and what happens when you go between them. They’ll learn the difference between a physical and a chemical change.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Roller Coasters in your Classroom (4th - 12th)

You provide the floor space and we’ll provide the excitement and learning. What better way to learn about the physics of energy, force and motion than through hands-on science?  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Human Body

Not a single machine ever designed can hold a candle up to the complexity and elegance of the human body. In this workshop, students will learn all about how this complex machine actually works.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Sound Science

Explore the different properties of sound. Experiment with waves and vibration. How does sound travel through different substances? Test out your hypotheses!  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Lights and Optics

Shed a new light on science in this interactive workshop. Learn how to use the scientific method to explore what we know about the nature of light.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Physics of Light and Sound

All we see and hear come together as one in this workshop. Discover the similarities between sound and light.  Register today!

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Customizable Series Workshops

Call us and we will work together to deliver unique custom workshops that are full of fun and discovery. You never know what’s possible until you ask! For more information contact the Daytime Outreach Program Manager at 734.995.5439 or send an email with our Contact Us form.

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SUPER SCIENCE DAY Young Scientist Club

Activities include measurement, magnets, animal adaptations, mixing colors and more.  Register today!

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SUPER SCIENCE DAY Science Variety Day

Includes activities from biology, ecology, physics, chemistry, math. We can customize this to fit your needs.  Register today!

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SUPER SCIENCE DAY Super Math Day

Math activities for elementary or middle school students.  Register today!

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SUMMER SCIENCE FESTIVAL

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Summer Science Festival can bring a unique, interactive component to your festival, summer camp, or special event for kids of all ages!  Register today!

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AUDITORIUM The Scientific Method: An Interactive Show

Kickoff your science fair season with this interactive dramatic lesson on the Scientific Method. We’ll bring along an experiment about sound to present in an auditorium setting. Register today!

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AUDITORIUM What the MEAP do YOU know?

Step right up and beat the testing-blues with our Outreach Team. This program combines important test-taking strategies with science and math review in a highly interactive presentation.  Register today!

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AUDITORIUM Try-This-At-Home and Other Demos

We’ll showcase interactive, try-this-at-home activities in an auditorium setting. We’ll also bring along a few demonstrations involving dry ice and liquid nitrogen!  Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Universe

The program begins with an astronomy "orientation" that features lively demonstrations to illustrate the concepts that are important to understanding the study of the stars and ends inside our portable, inflatable planetarium known as StarLab.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Roller Coasters in your Classroom (K - 8th)

You provide the floor space and we’ll provide the excitement and learning. What better way to learn about the physics of energy, force and motion than through hands-on science?  Register today!

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Visit Us

734.995.5439
220 E. Ann St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Museum Hours:

Monday: 10 - 5
Tuesday: 9 - 5
Wednesday: 10 - 5
Thursday: 10 - 8
Friday: 10 - 5
Saturday:  10 - 5
Sunday: Noon - 5

 

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Admission:
$11 for Adults and Children
$5 after 5pm on Thurs only
Free for Babies 0-23 months