Student Workshops

Workshops for Students and Groups
Education - Workshops


Sign up for fun science and social studies workshops designed for single classes. Programs run for about 50 minutes. Registration and a $3/student, or minimum $45 fee is required.

Innovation Lab Workshops
Innovation Lab workshops have been designed with Michigan’s science standards for k-12 in mind. In each of these workshops, students will work in teams to identify possible design solutions to a challenge. They will design, build, test, observe, and evaluate. These workshops are recommended for 4th grade and up, though younger and older students will benefit from the teamwork and problem-solving as well.

Fur Trade
Grades 1-3
50 minutes
With artifacts, images, and discussion, students will learn about the economic and cultural interactions between European Americans and Native Americans in the years prior to Michigan statehood.

Pioneer Life
Grades 1- 4
50 minutes
Students can see and try their hands at some of the everyday work of pioneers.  Learn to spin, churn butter or try your hand with a flint and steel (can you make a spark?).

Three Fires Native Americans
Grades 1 - 3
50 minutes
Students learn about the history and culture of Michigan's first people through discussion and examination of artifacts. We recommend scheduling this class with the planetarium show Sky Legends of the Three Fires.

For grades 4-6
50 minutes
Students will isolate their 5 senses in engaging activities and then be challenged to use all 5 senses to experience the Museum’s exhibits in different ways.

Newton’s Laws
For grades 4-6
50 minutes
Investigate Newton’s three laws of motion through demonstrations and tabletop experiments. Topics include mass, force, velocity, momentum, and acceleration. At the completion of this workshop, students will be able to describe the three laws of motion in their own terms.

Archaeology Lab
Grades 5-8
50 minutes
Students will learn the basic recording techniques archaeologists use to catalogue and describe objects and will use these techniques to record important information about an artifact. We’ll look at some fragments of pottery, and students will work together in groups to draw, weigh, measure, describe, and answer questions about their ceramic fragment.

Ancient Observatories: You be the Architect Workshop
Grades 4-8
50 minutes
This workshop links some of our planetarium shows to the field of archaeology.  Students will learn how ancient cultures have understood the phenomena in the sky and how those understandings were incorporated into their practices.  They will work in teams to model solutions to the ancients’ questions about the sky.

Weather and Climate
30 minutes
Students explore local weather conditions and use related data to create charts and describe patterns.

Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles
For First Grade
30 minutes
The planetarium will be used to observe the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the year to describe patterns that can be predicted.

Earth's Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth For Second Grade
30 minutes
Science on a Sphere® is used to discover where fresh water is found on Earth, including the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Basin.

Weather and Climate For Third Grade
50 minutes
Students obtain and analyze weather condition data to investigate the relationship between weather and climate.

Earth's Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth
For Fourth Grade
50 minutes
Maps are used to investigate patterns of Earth's features, including mountains, volcanoes, tectonic plates, and the ocean.

Earth's Systems For Fifth Grade
50 minutes
Science on a Sphere® is used to discover how Earth's geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere interact.

Space Systems For Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)
50 minutes
Explore the Earth-sun-moon system in this interactive workshop that examines the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.