• 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

    It's Science on Wheels: We bring the Museum to you!  We offer fun, inquiry-based programs for the students in your classroom, library, festival or youth center! All programs address objectives outlined in the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and include pre- and post-visit activities.

  • 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.

  • 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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Outreach Workshop: Human Body

Not a single machine ever designed can hold a candle up to the complexity and elegance of the human body. In this workshop, students will learn all about how this complex machine actually works.

Fees are determined by distance from the Museum:

  • Within 25 miles: $340
  • 26-50 miles: $370
  • 51+ miles: $370 + $.54 per mile
  • Each additional hour: $125

Register today!

Michigan K-12 Science Standards


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.


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


Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

Human Body Pre-visit Vocabulary

Alveoli: Small sacks in the lungs that increase the lung’s surface area.

Artery: Blood vessel pumping away from the heart.

Blood Vessel: Tubing through which blood flows.

Body System: A group of organs working together to perform a specific task.

Cell: The most basic living structure in any organism.

Circulatory System: Blood. Responsible for the movement of food, oxygen and wastes throughout the body, often via blood.

Diaphragm: A muscle below the rib cage which aids in respiration.

Digestive System: Food. Responsible for the breakdown of food and the absorption of nutrients.

Esophagus: Tube through which food travels on the way to the stomach.

Large Intestine: Part of the digestive track where water is absorbed into the body.

Muscular System: Movement. Responsible for movement.

Nervous System: Nerves. Responsible for relaying messages to and from the brain and spinal cord.

Organ: A distinct structure in your body made up of one type of tissue with a specific function.

Organism: A form of life (plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, etc.)

Respiratory System: Breathing. Responsible for the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen with the atmosphere.

Skeletal System: Structure. Responsible for support, protection, movement, blood making and mineral storage.

Small Intestine: Longest part of the digestive system where nutrients are absorbed into the blood.

Vein: Blood vessel pumping towards the heart.

Human Body Post-visit Activity

Post-visit activities provide your students with an opportunity to review workshop-presented concepts and introduce related subjects. Below you will find a classroom extension activity and a list of suggested resources for further exploration. We hope that you enjoyed our Outreach Hands-On Workshop and we look forward to visiting your students again!

Extend your Hands-On Workshop experience into other areas of your curriculum by trying one or more of the following ideas!

  • Stand in a doorframe with your arms at your side. Lift your hands to where they are in contact with the doorframe. Keep pushing up for a full 30 seconds with all your might. Then, step forward and let your arms loose.
  • First, make sure the room around is clear of chairs and tables. Then, have a partner spin in a circle for 20 seconds. As soon as they stop, look directly into their eyes.
  • Find an open place on a wall (perhaps in the hallway). Place the side of your right foot flush against the wall. Now, attempt to pick up your left foot without falling over or grabbing onto anything.


In the first activity, you should have noticed that your arms felt really light and seemed to float up into the air. This is because your muscles have been tensed, or flexed, for the last 30 seconds. Your brain has been telling your muscles to stay flexed, even if you wanted to relax. When you step out of the doorframe, your brain and body need a little bit of time to adjust. During this time, you brain is still signaling your arms to try to rise.

The second experiment is like the first one in one way. Your body has become accustom to a different condition. When you stop spinning, you should notice that everything around you seems to be repeating. Your eyes are moving back and forth really quickly, just like they were when you were spinning. You can see this really clearly if you watch somebody else’s eyes right after they stop.

The third task is impossible. Your center of gravity is your balance point. When you run, your center of gravity continually moves forward and your feet catch you. If your center is not in the right place, you fall over. When you are up against the wall, you can’t shift your balance far enough over to stand on your right foot.

Suggested Resources


Columbo, Luann, Jennifer Fairman and Craig Zukerman. Uncover the Human Body: An Uncover It Book. Silver Dolphin Books. 2003.
Seuling, Barbara and Edward Miller. From Head to Toe: The Amazing Human Body and How It Works. Holiday House. 2002.
DK Publishing. First Human Body Encyclopedia. DK Children. 2005.


Human Anatomy Online
The Amazing Human Body
The Virtual Body



Library, School

50 minutes

K-2nd, 3-5th


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.