STEM at Home
Discover science and connect to the natural world while staying safe and healthy at home!
Check out our virtual programming schedule and browse through our list of resources, activities, crafts, videos, and more to help continue to bring science into your world.
Fall 2020 Programs
Let our in-person outreach programs or virtual distance learning programs provide a COVID-safe educational experience for your school or community group! We have modified some of our most popular programs to address the health and safety of all our community. These updated programs still allow students to be engaged in hands-on, high-energy learning experiences in science, technology and nature while maintaining a safe environment for everyone.
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 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 and are led by an instructor.
Our Outreach staff brings the Museum to you—at schools, libraries, community centers, and festivals—by delivering hands-on programming customized to your schedule and curriculum interests.
Experience live, interactive Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum programs right in your classroom! Our educators use videoconferencing technology to share science and math activities with your students, engaging them in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience.
The best place for Scouts to explore STEAM!
Through the Unity in Learning partnership, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science & Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum now offer families incredible day camps at two fantastic locations in Ann Arbor and Belleville.
We know how important birthdays are, and while we are not offering our traditional in-person birthday parties, we are happy to help make yours special! We are offering special outdoor in-person birthday experiences for you this year, or you can also consider our virtual distance learning opportunities or even consider booking one of our wildlife to zoom into your party virtually!
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.
Visit www.unityinlearning.org to open a gateway to hands-on discovery, exploration of the natural world, and experiences that take flight.
Through the Unity in Learning partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science and Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum we provide over 100 different programs at our facilities, on site at your location, or through interactive video conferencing.
Education Programs at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
STEM at Home
Is it a solid, liquid or a gas? Get an introduction to the three states of matter through the use of SLIME! Learn how to make one type of slime using glue and borax solution.
How well does our brain process different information at once? How about information that has no relation to each other? Join Senior Program Manager Andrea Reynolds as she takes you the steps of a Stroop Test, and see how these different exercises test how our brain processes different information!
Adapted from NISEnet’s activity “Imagining Life”, Life on Earth comes in many different forms. Kids will be encouraged to take a walk and observe local wildlife and think about the questions: What would life look like on another planet? What adaptations would be needed to survive?
Understand the adaptations plants possess for their seeds to spread, thrive, and grow. Program Manager Andrea Reynold takes you through some common adaptations, as well as a way to make your own seed helicopter right at home!
What are fossils? Where can you find them? Learn answers to these questions while we show off some cool fossils of our own!
Ever wonder how you can be more sustainable to help keep our earth healthy? Recycling is a great first step! Learn the basics of what it takes to become a recycling expert.
Magnets are all around us, but how do they work? We’ll challenge each other to find magnetic and non-magnetic materials, talk about magnet strength, and find ways we can study magnetism right at home.
The Scientific Method is a simple, step-by step process on how scientists can best answer their questions or spark curiosity. What better way to learn about this process than through studying wildlife like snakes? Let’s go over the six basic steps to the scientific method, all while learning about a specific animal and where they are found.
Have you ever wondered how lava lamps work? Want to make one of your very own? Learn how to make your own lava lamp using simple materials at home, all while exploring the science behind the chemical reactions that make the lava inside the lamp move!
Learn about the interaction of living things through an introduction to food chains! Program Manager, Lannis Smith, takes you through what an example food chain could look like, and then challenges you to create your own using different living things found in nature!
What is a life cycle? Do all living things have one? Join us as we go through how living things look different throughout their life cycle and why. We'll also learn more about three main components to a life cycle: The stages, the traits, and why it's all about survival!
Ever wanted to create your own play dough? Not sure what ingredients to use? Join Program Manager Cristina Tamer as she takes you through the kitchen science behind making your own play dough!
Join us as we explore different natural areas in Michigan to ID some common, native wildflowers! Enjoy this year's Mother's Day with this virtual experience, and we hope those that are watching get the chance to take their own outdoor wildflower hike!
See if you can find all of these birds in your backyard! View PDF here.
We get a lot of resources from rainforests all over the world. Can you find items in your house that might have come from a rainforest? View PDF here.
Get outdoors and learn more about Spring with this fun scavenger hunt. View PDF here.
Which ones will sink and which ones will float? Will they sink quickly or float down gently? Will the floaters stay floating the whole time? Why do you think that? View PDF here.
Use this scavenger hunt to find pollinators and the host plants that they're attracted to! View PDF here.
Find as many items as you can as you explore your local ecosystem. View PDF here.
A nebula is a large cloud of gas and dust in space. It can be created by a dying star (such as a supernova) and is also where new stars are born. Learn how to make your own nebula using a salad spinner! View PDF here.
Can you think of any plants or animals on Earth that live in extreme environments? Learn all about extremeophiles as you imagine your very own world and the life that could live there. View PDF here.
Learn about constellations and stars with this easy and fun activity. View PDF here.
Learn how to create your own leaf and bark rubbings and learn about the way scientists classify leaves. View PDF here and click "More Information" for examples.
Learn about how colors mix and create beautiful designs. View PDF here.
Get outdoors with this fun scavenger hunt! View PDF here.
See if you can find all these insects in your backyard! View PDF here.
Every year, waves of butterflies make the perilous journey south for the winter. With this game, you can try your hand at surviving some of the challenges these butterflies face! Grab a dice, a sticker, and a space outdoors to play the Monarch migration game! View PDF here.
Draw an Animal or Plant native to Michigan in its habitat. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for Kindergarten Forces and Motion. View PDF here.
Animal Classification Practice for 4th-5th Grade. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for 4th Grade Sound Energy. View PDF here.
Label key characteristics about the toad pictured. Describe and draw what its habitat would look like. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for 1st Grade Sound & Light Energy. View PDF here.
Learn all about Kenyan Sand Boas. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for 5th Grade Forces of Flight workshop. View PDF here.
Learn all about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. View PDF here.
Extension Activities for 2nd Grade States of Matter. View PDF here.
Bat Biology Echolocation Activity for 4th Grade. View PDF here.
Extension Activity for Kindergarten Five Senses. View PDF here.
Students will create adaptations for each stage of an animal’s life cycle in order to give it the ability to survive in a new habitat. View PDF here.
Fall 2020 Programs
We are excited to offer select outreach opportunities on a case by case basis. These programs can come to your outdoor space for schools, scouts, religious facilities and community centers. If you have an outdoor space and can fulfill the following requirements, please give us a call!
Experience live, interactive Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum programs right in your classroom! Our educators use videoconferencing technology to share science and nature activities with your students, engaging them in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience.
Join us with your family, Pod or homeschool for fun outdoor STEM and nature family activities!
Plan an adventure with your students where knowledge is your destination. Students of all ages can explore over 250 interactive science and technology exhibits. Extend your hands-on adventure by booking a ScienceWorks lab. All programs align with Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations. Register today!
Come explore the science behind music! Kids will interact with pitch, tempo, and volume to learn how music is created. Register today!
Can you see a sound? Smell a color? Come play with us as we explore sight, sound, smell and touch! Register today!
Make magnets float in mid-air while testing their ability to attract and repel each other! Students learn all about magnetism by using a variety of materials to explore and design. Register today!
Is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas? Investigate the three states of matter by measuring and mixing ingredients for two types of slime. Students are encouraged to dive hands-first into this interactive lab! Register today!
Engineer your way through multiple problems. Design solutions while you experience the engineering process through questioning, planning, building, testing, and analyzing your creation. Register today!
Push and pull your way through this experiment! Discover how force affects motion and how simple machines make our lives easier. Register today!
Students will use tools such as lenses, flashlights and mirrors to investigate how light travels. Several interactive activities make up this exploration! Register today!
Look Beyond the four stages of the water cycle. Engage in experiments and become a water drop as you experience the many paths of a water molecule. Register today!
Discover the amazing physics of sound. Make waves that travel through different states of matter and explore how pitch relates to frequency. Register today!
Investigate series and parallel circuits as well as the parts that make them work. Students get to design their own alarm and much more with our safe, interlocking electronic components. Register today!
Experiment with momentum by collaborating with your peers and designing your own roller coaster. Discover how kinetic and potential energy work within the realm of physics and let the forces take you for a ride! Register today!
Someone has broken into the Museum van and stolen a laptop! Become Museum detectives and use forensic science to analyze evidence and crack the case. Register today!
Dissect a real cow eye to investigate the inner workings of eyes! Students will be able to make connections to eye structure through this hands-on exploration. Register today!
We have updated some of our Outreach programs to allow students to be engaged in hands-on, high-energy learning experiences in science, technology and nature while maintaining a safe environment for everyone. Click here to learn more.
Leslie Science & Nature Center joins us with LIVE reptiles in our lab as we explore what makes a reptile a reptile. Feel the snake or lizard skin specimens we send you while you learn the adaptations that make these animals so successful in the wild. Register today!
Together with the Leslie Science & Nature Center, we will create a food chain using LIVE animals (hawk/owl, snake, frog, spider and roach). Along the way we will discuss how they survive in the wild. Register today!
Meet up to three live bats with the Leslie Science & Nature Center! Join in as we take an up close look into the wondrous world of bats! Explore what makes bats so unique, why they're important across the globe and try your hand at being an expert echo-locator using a simple tool to understand sound! Register today!
Leslie Science & Nature Center brings LIVE owls to you as we explore predatory adaptations and behavior. We dissect owl pellets and identify owls’ favorite prey. Award-winning program! Register today!
Get a closer look at the anatomy of the eye and how it works together with the brain to create visual images when we dissect real cow eyes. Museum provides cow eyes, gloves, and safety glasses (yours to keep). School must provide its own dissection tools. Award-winning program! Register today!
Whether you are getting all the Pack families together, or organizing a retreat for all the Girl Scouts in your area, our custom Camp In programs will fill your night with fun, play, and plenty of STEM Learning.
Our custom workshops are currently on hiatus. Please watch this space for more Scouting opportunities coming in 2019. For details, or questions regarding any of our Scouts programming, fill out our Contact Us form.