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  • 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 and are led by an instructor.

  • Outreach

    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.

  • Distance Learning

    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.

  • Teacher Workshops

    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! 

  • Summer Camp

    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.

  • 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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Critters in the Cold

Distance Learning: Critter In The Cold

Let’s take a virtual trip to Antarctica! Touch “blubber,” feathers and more as we learn how animals adapt to extreme weather. 

  • Grade level: PreK – 2
  • Cost: $145 (+ $20 shipping*)
  • Available: Year-Round

*Additional cost for international shipping

Each Distance Learning program includes:

  • A 50-minute interactive program.
  • A kit with materials for interactive experiments for 30 students.
  • A Teacher’s Guide to prepare you, your classroom, and your students before the experience.
  • Extension activities and resources for further exploration.\

To make your program an enjoyable and memorable experience please be sure to review the Videoconferencing Tips

Please note: If your school does not have video conferencing equipment, please let us know when booking the program.

Click here to schedule your Distance Learning Program today!

U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understanding about scientific inquiry

U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.3 Life Sciences

  • Characteristics of organisms
  • Life cycles of organisms
  • Organisms and environments

Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, Science v.1.09

  • Identify that living things have basic needs. (L.OL.00.11)
  • Identify the needs of animals. (L.OL.01.13)
  • Describe the life cycle of animals including the following stages: egg, young, adult. (L.OL.01.21)
  • Identify characteristics (for example: body coverings, beak shape, number of legs, body parts) that are passed on from parents to young. (L.HE.01.11)
  • Make purposeful observation of the natural world using the appropriate senses. (S.IP.02.11)

Next Generation Science Standards

Students participating in this program will explore science content as stated in the Disciplinary Core Ideas. They will engage in science and engineering practices as they plan and conduct investigations to answer questions regarding animal adaptation.

LS1.A: Structure and Function

  • All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

  • Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.

LS1.D: Information Processing

  • Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these inputs with behaviors that help them survive.

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

  • Young animals are very much, but not exactly, like their parents.

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

  • There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water. 
Critters in the Cold

Distance Learning

School

50 minutes

PreK, K-2nd

30

Natural Sciences

Still not sure we have the experience you want?

Visit 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 MuseumLeslie 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.