• Distance Learning

    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.

Distance Learning

View a brochure highlighting all our education programs.

Click here to see a promotional video featuring one of our most popular programs, Halloween Slime Time!

To Register for a Distance Learning Program

  • Dates and times for the Distance Learning programs are scheduled by request
  • Programs should be scheduled 3 weeks in advance in order for your kits to be mailed
  • Book through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration at www.cilc.org
  • To register by phone, contact the Distance Learning Manager at 734.995.5439 and have the following information available:
    • Address and phone number of contact person
    • Mailing address for Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum materials kit
    • Number of students and grade level
    • Date(s) and time(s) your class would like to participate
    • Technical contact information
  • For more information please contact the Distance Learning Manager at 734.995.5439 or use our Contact Us form.

SAVE! Multi-program discounts!

  • Book 5 or more programs at one time and receive $10 off the price of each program.
  • Book 10 or more programs at one time and receive $20 off the price of each program.

Programs must be scheduled with the same school or site. Programs may be scheduled for any time during the same school year, but all requests eligible for discount must be submitted, received and approved at the same time.

Distance Learning Scholarships and Grants

Limited scholarships are available to those who qualify through our Discover Science Assistance Fund. There are also many grants available to schools and organizations to help pay for Distance Learning programs. Click here for more information about grants.

Payment and Cancellation Policies

Reservations must be paid in full or guaranteed by a purchase order at least 30 days after the program takes place. Checks, money orders, or credit cards are also accepted. 

Cancellations made up to 72 hours prior to your scheduled program will be refunded (less a $25 administrative fee.) The $25 administrative fee is waived if you reschedule. If a cancellation is made less than 72 hours before the scheduled program, no refund will be issued.

Severe Weather Policy

In the event of weather-related school closings or power outages, programs will be rescheduled. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up distance learning program, payment will be refunded less a $25 administrative fee. In the case of program cancellation, the participating site is responsible for rescheduling and/or returning the provided kit materials.

Distance Learning

Cold Blooded Classification- REPTILES

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!

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Walking Up a Food Chain

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!

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Explore Your Five Senses

Ever wonder why you can smell, hear, taste, see, and feel? Come find out how your senses help you to discover the world around you. Students will explore their senses with 5 hands-on activities. Register today!

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Wind Energy!

Can you catch the wind? Discover how wind is harnessed and transformed electricity! In this workshop students will build a hand turbine and anemometer to help understand effective design for wind power generators. Topics covered include potential and kinetic energy, electrical energy and energy transformation. Register today!

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Parachuting Through Time

Catch some air as you learn about the history of the parachute! See examples of early and modern parachutes, then create and test your very own! Register today!

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Halloween Slime Time

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!    Award-winning program! Register today!

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Slime Time and States of Matter

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!

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Preschool Slimetime and the States of Matter

Our most popular program goes PRESCHOOL! We talk about using your senses, making observations and Solids, Liquids and Gasses in this fun program for PreK students. Make one slime on camera with our educators, and we'll send you the supplies needed for a second slime sensory bin and further exploration.   Award-winning program!   Register today!

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Critters in the Cold

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.    Award-winning program! Register today!

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The Fossil Record

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.    Award-winning program! Register today!

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Fraction Interaction

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!    Award-winning program! Register today!

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Owls from the Inside Out

Get up close to owls as an avian expert from Leslie Science & 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.    Award-winning program! Register today!

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Dissecting a Cow's Eye

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.     Award-winning program! Register today!

Museum provides cow eyes, gloves and safety glasses (yours to keep); school must provide its own dissection tools.

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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.

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220 E. Ann St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Regular 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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$5 after 5pm on Thurs only
Free for Babies 0-23 months