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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.

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    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.

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    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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WORKSHOP Force and Simple Machines

Outreach 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.

Fees are determined by distance from the Museum:

  • Within 25 miles: $340
  • 26-50 miles: $370
  • 51+ miles: $370 + $.58 per mile
  • Each additional hour: $125

Register today!


Michigan K-12 Science Standards

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Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

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Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

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Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.

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Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.

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Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

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Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.

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Ask questions and predict outcomes about changes in the energy that occur when objects collide.


Force and Simple Machines Vocabulary:

Collide: When one object crashes into another object

Energy: Energy is the capacity to do work.

Effort: Effort is the energy a person applies to a machine.

Force: A force is a push or a pull. Force is anything that causes an object to move.

Fulcrum: A fulcrum is the point on which a lever pivots.

Simple Machine: A simple machine is any object that makes work easier by trading force for distance.

Work: Work is moving something, or the force acting on an object to move it across a distance. Pushing, pulling, and lifting are common forms of work. 

WORKSHOP Force and Simple Machines

Outreach

School

50 minutes

3-5th

30

Physical Sciences

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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.