Healing Through Hands-On Science

Welcome to our Healing Through Hands-On Science Toolkit!

Healing Through Hands-On Science is a partnership between the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and C.S. Mott Children's hospital. Together we delivered interactive, science programs in the hospital for patients and families, and health-focused programs in the museum setting for our community. In addition, we worked with two other museum/hospital pairings from around the country to help them explore their own partnership. This toolkit, which details starting your own hospital collaboration, example programs and curricula, as well as lessons learned along the way, was created as a result of our work. We wanted to share with anyone who might visit this page, but this is intended mostly for museum educators. We hope you find it useful!



Getting Started

Why Museums and Hospitals?

Connecting Your Team

Finding Funding

Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned

Using Volunteers in Programming

Covid-19 Pandemic Effects



Programs in the Hospital

Best Practices and Safety

Hospital Activations

Backpack Programs

Taking the Hospital Offsite

Programs in the Museum

Museum Programs - Best Practices

Working with Partners

Teddy Bear Clinic

Other Opportunities to Partner


Curriculum - Best Practices



 Activity Guides

Bone Marrow Cookies

Bubble Wands

Build a Catapult

Cup Rockets

Design a Wind Sock

DIY Habitat

Ice Fishing

Instant Snow

Marble Painting

Name that Scent

Simple Kites


Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Stomp Rockets

Vibrating Water

What's In Your Blood

Youtube Video Playlist

Download the entire Healing Through Hands-On Science Toolkit here.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about starting or strengthening your own museum hospital partnership, please feel free to connect with us. We’re happy to tell you more about our experiences.

Andrea Reynolds


Jayne Griffin


Suzanne Ness


Julie Piazza


Rachel Hamilton


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MA-20-16-0114-16]. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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