ECHO Distance Learning

What is ECHO?

An educator stands in front of a screen as she teaches a lesson remotely.

Visit the Michigan Science Center and join us for a great learning experience without leaving your classroom! Our ECHO program brings live science demonstrations and activities directly to your students over the internet. Whether your class is learning in-seat or remote, ECHO has a program suited for you.



ECHO is a proud 2018-2019 & 2019-2020 Pinnacle Award recipient. Our videoconferencing programs allow you and your students to participate in highly interactive and fun learning in real time. No special hardware is required to bring a virtual visit to your classroom. A connection can be done with a computer, webcam, projector and high speed internet. All you need to do is click a link and the fun begins!



3rd – 8th Grade – What do vibrations look like in super-slow motion? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet? Join us on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the emerging field of soundscape ecology.

Price: $150

Burn Boss Training

3rd – 5th Grade – Engineers use controlled fires to restore habitats for plants and animals. Work together to learn more about the habitats of endangered plants and animals in areas that need fires to thrive.

Price: $150

Custom ECHO Program

Children conduct an experiment in a labAll Ages – Would you like us to design a custom virtual science program for your class? Our ECHO team can facilitate programs on the physical, earth & space, or life science topic of your choice.

Price: Subject to Custom Pricing

Know Where it Grows

2nd – 4th Grade – Environmental conditions, such as weather, affect where and when plants grow. Together, we’ll design solutions to reduce the impacts of weather-related hazards on plants grown in a community garden.

Price: $150


K – 5th Grade – Jump knee-deep into our wintry virtual visit. Make fluffy snow and sparkling white slime! Learn the science behind all things frosty as we investigate states of matter using some super COOL science.

Price: $150

What's Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky

3rd – 8th Grade – This virtual planetarium program features the constellations, stars and planets in the current night sky along with information on the impact of light pollution on our view of the night sky and our place in the Milky Way Galaxy. 

Price: $150

Virtual Classroom Visits Include:

  • 45-minute interactive program
  • Hands-on materials for 30 students shipped to your classroom (in-seat learning only; remote learners will be provided a materials list to collect on their own)
  • Complimentary tech-check prior to program

Contact our Team!

To make a reservation, or ask questions about a program, contact our Outreach team at 313.577.8400, ext. 474, or by emailing Virtual Visits should be booked at least four weeks in advance to ensure materials can be shipped to your location.  You can also visit the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration to book any of our programs online.

What's New

Join us Wednesdays for ECHO Live!

Students, teachers, and families are invited to tune in every week at 2:30 PM Eastern as our educators present live science experiments from our Distance Learning studio for FREE. We’ll show off some of our biggest and most exciting large-scale science demos that you can tune into from school or at home! Programs are broadcast live on the Michigan Science Center Facebook page and YouTube channel, no registration required!

If you prefer to use Zoom, please REGISTER to receive a meeting link and connection info.

Traveling Science and ECHO are generously sponsored by