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  • 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.

Outreach

Types of Outreach Programs:

Workshops

Get attracted to the world of magnets or fly a rocket through the air with the greatest of ease! Our educators lead your students through curriculum-based explorations of scientific topics tailored to engage specific grade levels. Maximum of 30 participants/session unless otherwise noted.

Family Nights

Invite the entire school community to your site for a math and science celebration! These programs are sepcifically designed to encourage students to explore 20 interactive activities for 2 hours with their families, teachers, classmates, and friends. You provide the space, 20 tables, and 20 volunteers. We provide the rest.

Super Science and Math Days for PreK-8th grade

  • Interactive activities during the school day
  • Science and math-based program for individual grades or the whole school

Custom Programs

  • Want to see something else?  We can customize almost any program. You never know what’s possible until you ask!

To Register for an Outreach Program

  • Contact the Outreach Coordinator at 734.995.5439 (if you encounter a recorded message, please leave complete information and we will return your call — no reservation request left as a recorded message can be guaranteed)
  • In addition to program fees, a round-trip mileage fee will be charged. This rate varies, but is currently $0.60/mile. If different, we will let you know when booking!
  • Scholarships are available through the Discover Science Assistance Fund to those who qualify.
  • A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation
  • Final payment is due 30 days prior to your scheduled program
  • If a program is cancelled less than 4 weeks before the scheduled date, the Museum keeps the entire fee (this fee can be applied to a rescheduled date)
  • For more information please contact the Outreach Coordinator at 734.995.5439 or use our Contact Form to send an email.

Severe Weather Policy

In the event of severe weather, programs may be cancelled. The Museum will cancel a program if school is cancelled in the AAPS school system, the location of the event or in between. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up Outreach Program, payment will be refunded less a 25% registration fee, which may be applied to a future program. Rescheduling is the responsibility of the school and not the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. 

Outreach

FAMILY NIGHT: Young Scientist!

These science and math programs are specially designed with your preschool scientists in mind!  Register today!

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FAMILY NIGHT: STEM!

Invite the whole school to an evening of fantastic, STEM-based fun and see why this is our most popular program. We offer you a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and math activities. We even have a STEM for middle school audiences. Register today!

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FAMILY NIGHT: Math and Engineering!

Invite the whole school to an evening of interactive, math and engineering fun! Family members can work together or compete with each other to be the math and engineering champion! You provide 20 volunteers and we’ll fill 20 of your tables with creative hands-on activities. Educators and families love this casual, self-directed evening of fun science activities. All activities are linked to the Michigan Science Standards. Discount coupons for a visit to the Museum for all participants! Register today!

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**NEW** FAMILY NIGHT: Family Science and Nature Night

Explore the wonders of science, math, and the natural world with this engaging, interactive program designed for your whole school. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Crime Lab

We'll use science to brush up on our logical thinking and problem solving skills as students are immersed in the intriguing world of forensics. They'll need to work together to solve our mock crime. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Egg Drop Soup

Join us in this classic egg drop experiment! Students are given credits to purchase materials to protect their egg from damage in a freefall. Concepts covered in this workshop range from gravity to economics. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Preschool Universe

Explore the wonders of space with a workshop that is out of this world! We will work on their engineering skills as we build our own paper rockets to launch across the classroom, then we'll emphasize the A in STEAM to imagine and paint our own planets and the creatures who might live there. Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Fossil Record

We’ll take a look at actual fossils and learn about life millions of years ago. Students will get to invent their own prehistoric animals, follow along in the story of fossilization, and learn about how a paleontologist pieces together the clues hidden among the fossil record.Register today!

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WORKSHOP Force and Simple Machines

Push and pull your way through an exploration of force and simple machines as we explore how levers and inclined planes can make your work easier. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Light and Optics

Shed new light on science as we discover how light travels, reflects, and refracts through the world. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Slime and the States of Matter

Is it a solid? A liquid? A gas? Your students will discover the properties of each state of matter by making our ooey, gooey slime. We’ll also discuss how molecules look and act when changing between states of matter. Students will get to take home their slime as well as a recipe to make it again at home. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Roller Coasters in your Classroom

Learn about the physics of energy, force, and motion by designing, building, and testing your own roller coaster. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Sound Science

Explore the physics of sound as we experiment with waves and vibration and discover how sound travels through different substances. Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Water Cycle

Look beyond the four stages of the water cycle and get a first-hand look at the many paths of a water molecule. Where does the rain come from and where does it go after it hits the ground? Register today!

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WORKSHOP Bubbles all Around

Pop in for a bubble adventure! We'll explore the properties of bubbles, what makes them pop, and measure the biggest bubbles we can blow. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Balancing Act

Using the story Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh, students will use levers and fulcrums to see if they can find the perfect balance. Each 30-minute workshop will include an interactive story-time, an explorative hands-on activity, and group reflection time. Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Universe: StarLab Planetarium

Bring the stars down to Earth with our inflatable, portable planetarium! Students will learn how to locate common constellations in the sky, listen to Greek myths related to stars, and discover how stars have been used by people throughout history. Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Wind Blew

Using the story The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins, students will learn how wind can move objects through the air. We’ll design and engineer our own wind socks to help tell which direction the wind is blowing. Each workshop will include an interactive story time, an explorative hands-on activity, and group reflection time. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Magnificent Magnets

Stick with us as we explore the golden rule of magnets, sort through what materials are magnetic or non-magnetic, and even make a magnet float in mid-air. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Who Sank the Boat?

Using the story Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen, students will make and test their predictions about what objects sink and float. Each workshop will include an interactive story time, and explorative hands-on activity, and group reflection time. Register today!

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WORKSHOP Circuit Masters

Design, build, and test your way through understanding circuits and electricity. We'll practice our engineering skills and teamwork using our snap together circuit kits. Register today!

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SUPER SCIENCE DAY Science and Math Days

While there are no tights or capes involved here, these programs highlight the heroic in science and math. Register today!

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SUMMER SCIENCE FESTIVAL

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Summer Science Festival can bring a unique, interactive component to your festival, summer camp, or special event for kids of all ages!  Register today!

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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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