Homeschool Learning Labs

New homeschool learning labs now available!

Sessions are held the first Wednesday of each month October – June and run 35-45 minutes.

Grade Levels: Lower Elementary: 11 a.m., Upper Elementary: noon, Middle/High School: 1 p.m.

Program Capacity: 25 students and up to 10 adults.

Rates: Member: $5/Non-member: $10.

Registration will take place upon arrival, though please note that reservations are required for groups of 5 or more students. Call 313.577.8400, ext. 482 for group reservations and further information.

2016 - 2017 School Year Programs

October 5 - LASER MAZES

Reflect and redirect light as you focus in on a mirror maze challenge!

March 1 - 1’S AND 0’S

Learn how these simple symbols are used as codes to make robots follow your commands. Program one of our finch robots to move forward or backward, turn right or left, change colors and make various noises. Make and take a bracelet with your initials in code.

November 2 - GRAVITY GAMES

Discover the patterns within our solar system as you help demonstrate the relationship between the sun, earth, and moon.

April 5 - BRAIN POWER*

Scalpel, Tweezers, Microscope! The brain is an amazing part of the body that controls the majority of its functions. Dissect a sheep brain and learn about the different parts of the brain and which functions they control. *Note: Pre-registration and $10 lab fee required per student.

December 7 - TOY FACTORY

Spinning top, slinky, Yo-yo! Investigate how the early toys used basic science principles to excite and entertain the minds of children and adults. Make-n-take home your own classic toy.

May 3 - SUN + ENERGY = ?

It’s springtime and the birds are chirping and flowers are blooming. Learn how a plant absorbs the Sun’s rays and convert them to energy and sugar that it stores for fuel. Learn how visible light is made of various colors and that plants only use certain colors in the photosynthesis process. Conduct a chromatography experiment with leaves.


Build circuits using unexpected materials and discover the relationship between electricity and magnetism.


Young scientists will use their observation skills and conduct experiments to determine whether a substance has undergone a chemical or physical change and answer the question of whether or not a substance can undergo both a physical and chemical change.

February 1 - PUSH AND PULL

Learn what a magnet is, discover what kinds of objects are attracted to magnets, and explore magnetic fields and poles.