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!
Your students become scientists during our 50-minute ScienceWorks Labs that provide hands-on experience with a variety of topics identified in the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. Each lab includes pre-visit and post-visit classroom activities. Labs are available year-round for preschool to middle school students.
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.
We bring science activities, writing exercises, and academic confidence to your students. Our programs are proven to correlate with a rise in Science MEAP scores among participating students. Each program is a series of workshops led by a highly qualified teacher and aligns with MI Grade Level Content Expectations. All materials are provided.
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.
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.
Summer of Science
Whether you’re with a group or your family, explore over 250 exhibits, participate in hands-on activities and experience a unique Summer ScienceWorks Lab. Visit the Museum and fill your summer with science!
Explore week-long science and math activities with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum staff and community collaborators. Elementary and middle school children can investigate a different theme each week through hands-on and engaging fun.
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!
Whether held at our place or yours, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum education programs and exhibits provide opportunities for children and adults to: Awaken curiosity, stimulate observation and exploration skills, and enhance school curriculum
Our Museum educators design programs that address state and national science and technology education standards. Check out individual program descriptions to learn more about the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations addressed by each program.
We will explore our smoky cauldron and mysterious concoctions as we make two types of slime with students. Younger students use their slime to investigate three states of matter. Older students investigate the properties of polymers. Gooey concoctions are perfect for Halloween fun! Register today!
Behave like molecules in solids, liquids and gases. Explore three states of matter by making two types of slime. Older students will learn about the properties of polymers. Award-winning program! Register today!
Students will learn about animal adaptations to extreme weather with hands-on experiments and even take a virtual trip to Antarctica. Join us as we learn how animals such as penguins live and have babies during extreme weather. Register today!
What can a person accomplish in an hour? Experience time through movement, song and working with clocks that you make. Students will learn when to use A.M. and P.M. and relate it to their daily activities. See what activities our friend Joe does in one day and visit us in our special clock room with our animated time pieces. Register today!
Why does water behave in certain ways? Go inside a drop of water and examine the structure and behavior of water molecules. Students will explore why things float or sink, how water pressure works and more through a series of hands-on experiments. Register today!
Together we’ll take a look at actual fossils and discuss how you can find the clues that they hide and how to interpret their stories that unfolded millions of years ago. Invent your own prehistoric animals, follow along in the story of fossilization, and discuss fossil finds like real paleontologists. Register today!
It’s the fraction game show! Students will find out how much they know about fractions as they work together to survive three rounds while constructing, observing and dancing to solve math problems. Fractions can be fun! Register today!
Get up close to owls as an avian expert from Leslie Science and Nature Center (Ann Arbor, MI) uses live birds to compare and contrast the characteristics of different owl species. Learn how owls have adapted to a predatory way of life. Dissect real owl pellets to investigate the diet of a barn owl. Learn about food chains and the role of avian predators in an ecosystem. Gain an introduction to skeletal anatomy and prey identification. Register today!
Get your goggles on! Dissect a cow's eye to understand how each structure works together to provide the sense of sight, just like your human eye. After the program, work with your class on a series of optical illusions to see how your eyes and brain work together to bring you visual messages. Register today!
Museum provides cow eyes, gloves and safety glasses (yours to keep); school must provide its own dissection tools.