1001 Inventions Volunteer Application

The Michigan Science Center is excited to introduce its new exhibit: 1001 Inventions: Untold Stories from a Global Age of Innovation.  This exhibit will take MiSci visitors on an inspirational journey through a colorful and creative period in a golden age of civilization that stretched from Spain to China beginning in the 7th century.

The volunteers for 1001 Inventions will educate visitors, raise awareness of science heritage and make a clear measurable impact on public perception of science and social diversity. This volunteer role is a 25-hour commitment over a period of three months with added incentives for volunteers who contribute 50 hours or more.

Volunteers will be expected to stand for hours at a time, actively speaking with guests in an outgoing manner, engaging children and families with inquiry based learning and facts about inventors and inventions. Volunteers will be asked to impersonate some of the historical inventors and retain extensive speaking scripts and factual information.  Additionally, volunteers will help direct guests around the building and exhibit and facilitate hands-on activities. They will also help enforce simple rules including “no running” etc.


  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Must complete a minimum 25 hours of volunteering
  • Must pass a background check ($15 cost to volunteer once committed)
  • Must complete 5 hours of mandatory training

If you have questions, please reach our volunteering department at 313.494.5307 or by emailing our manager of volunteer services at

Guests talk to 1001 Inventions exhibit presenters The 1001 Inventions exhibit



    Only one 5-hour session is necessary.

Benefits of volunteering:

Helping The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math in a creative, dynamic learning environment.

Through the inspiring scientific and cultural achievements of pioneering men and women of various faiths and cultures during the golden age of Arabic science in Muslim Civilization and their contributions to our modern world, 1001 Inventions promotes intercultural dialogue, diversity and social cohesion.

If you meet the 25 hour minimum commitment, you earn: 

If you reach the 50 hour goal, you earn:

  • 1001 Inventions Pin Awarded at End of Exhibit Party in January
  • Name on our Volunteer Wall of Names publicly displayed in our Donor Gallery throughout 2018
  • Family Membership to MiSci which includes basic admission to all ASTC Science Centers in the United States.

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