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    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.

STEM at Home


Member's Virtual STEM Workshops

Join one of our staff members through a live video stream as we learn about all aspects of science!

Current members will receive weekly emails with links to register to upcoming workshops.

  Tue, Aug 4th Tue, Aug 11th Tue, Aug 18th Tue, Aug 25th
3-4pm Animal Anatomy Paleontology Power The Forces of Flight Brain Science

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Not a member yet? Don’t fret! Every Friday we offer a virtual STEM workshop for any and all participants to join. Check weekly for the theme and click the link below to register for this virtual program!

  Fri, Aug 7th Fri, Aug 14th Fri, Aug 21st Fri, Aug 28th
12-1pm Wonderful Water Kitchen Science Michiganology Tremendous Trees

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Our Unity In Learning Partner, Yankee Air Museum, has created the Creativity Hanger! Check out their online activities such as storytime, games, crafts, puzzles, oral histories and more so that you and your children can learn about aviation no matter where you are!

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STEM at Home

Video Clip - DIY Lava Lamps

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!

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Video Clip - Introduction to Food Chains

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!

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Video Clip - Introduction to Life Cycles

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!

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Video Clip - DIY Play Dough

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!

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Video Clip - Mother's Day Virtual Wildflower Hike

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!

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Video Clip - Slime Time & the States of Matter

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.

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Video Clip - Imagining Life

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?

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Video Clip - The Stroop Effect

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!

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Video Clip - Finding Fossils

What are fossils? Where can you find them? Learn answers to these questions while we show off some cool fossils of our own!

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Video Clip - Seed Dispersal

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!

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Video Clip - The Basics of Recycling

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.

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Video Clip - Mind on Magnets

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.

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Video Clip - Snakes and the Scientific Method

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.

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DIY Science - Constellation Cups

Learn about constellations and stars with this easy and fun activity. View PDF here.

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DIY Science - Leaf & Bark Rubbing

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.

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DIY Science - Chroma at Home-a

Learn about how colors mix and create beautiful designs. View PDF here.

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DIY Science - Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Get outdoors with this fun scavenger hunt! View PDF here.

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DIY Science - Insect Bingo

See if you can find all these insects in your backyard! View PDF here.

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DIY Science - Monarch Migration Game

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.

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DIY Science - Bird Bingo

See if you can find all of these birds in your backyard! View PDF here.

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DIY Science - Rainforest Scavenger Hunt

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.

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DIY Science - Spring Scavenger Hunt

Get outdoors and learn more about Spring with this fun scavenger hunt. View PDF here.

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DIY Science - Sink or Float

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.

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DIY Science - Pollinator Scavenger Hunt

Use this scavenger hunt to find pollinators and the host plants that they're attracted to! View PDF here.

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DIY Science - Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt

Find as many items as you can as you explore your local ecosystem. View PDF here.

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DIY Science - Nebula Spin Art

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.

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DIY Science - Imagining Life

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.

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DIY Science - Hide and Snake

Learn about camouflage as you create your own snake with home made play dough. View our DIY Play Dough recipe here. View PDF here. 

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Teacher Resource - States of Matter (2nd Grade)

Extension Activities for 2nd Grade States of Matter. View PDF here.

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Teacher Resource - Life Cycle Strategies Activities (3rd Grade)

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.

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Teacher Resource - Michigan Habitat Drawing Practice (2nd-4th)

Draw an Animal or Plant native to Michigan in its habitat. View PDF here.

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Teacher Resource - Forces and Motion (K)

Extension Activities for Kindergarten Forces and Motion. View PDF here.

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Teacher Resource - Sound Energy (4th Grade)

Extension Activities for 4th Grade Sound Energy. View PDF here.

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Teacher Resource - Animal Classification: Amphibian (1st-3rd Grade)

Label key characteristics about the toad pictured. Describe and draw what its habitat would look like. View PDF here.

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Teacher Resource - Videos (K-12th)

List of Video Resources for teachers. 

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Teacher Resource - Sound & Light Energy (1st Grade)

Extension Activities for 1st Grade Sound & Light Energy. View PDF here.

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Teacher Resource - Forces of Flight (5th Grade)

Extension Activities for 5th Grade Forces of Flight workshop. View PDF here.

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