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Virtual Field Trips​

Each of our virtual field trips consists of asynchronous, self-paced lessons paired with a LIVE experience led by one of MiSci’s ECHO Distance Learning educators. Asynchronous lessons are designed through Nearpod and are currently accessible on this page! If you would like to use Nearpod’s student assessment tools to track student progress, reach out to Education@mi-sci.org.  

Want to experience even more with your virtual field trip? Request a live, virtual planetarium program or exhibit tour to pair with the Nearpod lessons for your trip. Live field trip programs are FREE for DPSCD K-5th Grade classrooms – reserve your connection today!

Virtual Field Trips are made possible with the generous support of General Motors, The FCA Foundation and The Zatkoff Family Legacy Fund.

Virtual Field Trips

What's the Weather?

Kindergarten
While practicing kindergarten friendly matching, drawing, and word recognition, students will explore the patterns found in the weather around us.
Suggested Duration: 45 minutes

Connect with MiSci educators for a live tour of the General Motors Earth. Wind.  Weather. Gallery where we’ll talk about weather and forces that shape our planet. DPSCD classrooms, reserve your live connection now.

Educator Guide

Supplemental Documents

Standards

  • This field trip aligns with K-ESS2-1 of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Originally designed to support DPSCD Kindergarten Mystery Science Curriculum.

Whirling Wonder

1st Grade
Through the use of our virtual planetarium, students will make observations about the sun, the moon, and the stars to discover the patterns that guide our daily lives.
Suggested Duration: 45 minutes

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a tour in MiSci’s virtual planetarium without leaving your home or classroom! We’ll turn daytime into night so we can observe patterns in the sky and learn to identify familiar stars and constellations. DPSCD classrooms, reserve your live connection now.

Educator Guide

Supplemental Documents

Standards

  • This field trip aligns with 1-ESS1-2 of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Originally designed to support DPSCD 1st Grade Mystery Science Curriculum.

Works of Water

2nd Grade
During this field trip, we'll discover how water shapes our planet and why it's important that we become stewards of our natural resources.
Suggested Duration: 45 minutes

Connect with MiSci educators for a live tour of the General Motors Earth. Wind.  Weather. Gallery where we’ll talk about weather and forces that shape our planet. DPSCD classrooms, reserve your live connection now.

Educator Guide

Supplemental Documents

Standards

  • This field trip aligns with 2-ESS2-3 of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Originally designed to support DPSCD 2nd Grade Mystery Science Curriculum.

Ancient Animals

3rd Grade
Observe Michigan fossils to make an evidence-based claim about the ancient environment present in Michigan at the time these animals roamed the Earth.
Suggested Duration: 45 minutes

Connect with MiSci educators for a live tour of the General Motors Earth. Wind.  Weather. Gallery where we’ll talk about weather and forces that shape our planet. DPSCD classrooms, reserve your live connection now.

Educator Guide

Supplemental Documents

Standards

  • This field trip aligns with 3-LS4-1 of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Originally designed to support DPSCD 3rd Grade science curriculum.

Evolving Erosion

4th Grade
Make observations about Michigan’s geologic features and determine that water in the form of glaciers has shaped our modern landscape.
Suggested Duration: 90 minutes

Connect with MiSci educators for a live tour of the General Motors Earth. Wind.  Weather. Gallery where we’ll talk about weather and forces that shape our planet. DPSCD classrooms, reserve your live connection now.

Educator Guide

Supplemental Documents

Standards

  • This field trip aligns with 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS3-2 of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Originally designed to support DPSCD 4th Grade science curriculum.

Galactic Gizmos

5th Grade
Use observable cosmic patterns to discover how humans measured time and navigated the world without modern instruments, such as clocks.
Suggested Duration: 45 minutes

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a tour in MiSci’s virtual planetarium without leaving your home or classroom! We’ll turn daytime into night so we can observe patterns in the sky and learn to identify familiar stars and constellations. DPSCD classrooms, reserve your live connection now.

Educator Guide

Supplemental Documents

Standards

  • This field trip aligns with 5-ESS1-2 of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Originally designed to support DPSCD 5th Grade science curriculum.

Sounds All Around

Grades 6-8
Dive into the unseen world of sound by exploring the sounds in your local ecosystem. It focuses on understanding the definition of sound, basic properties of sounds, and how the sounds we make can impact our planet.
Suggested Duration: 45 minutes Suggested Duration: 60 minutes
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 through an interactive presentation led by one of MiSci’s Distance Learning educators.
Request your live Global Soundscapes presentation here.

Educator Guide

Supplemental Documents

Standards

  • This field trip supports MS-PS4-2 and MS-LS2-1 of the Next Generation Science Standards

Energy Interactions

Grades 9-12
This electrifying field trip focuses on atomic interactions and energy transfer, primarily as it relates to static electricity. Students will be amazing by demonstrations from the DTE Energy Sparks Theater.
Suggested Duration: 20 minutes Suggested Duration: 45 minutes Suggested Duration: 30 minutes Suggested Duration: 60 minutes Suggested Duration: 30 minutes

Explore even more examples of energy interactions from your own home or classroom coming soon! Click here to explore our other available ECHO Distance Learning programs.

Educator Guide

Standards

  • This field trip supports HS-PS3-2 and HS-PS3-5 of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • This program was originally designed for the Detroit Public Schools Community District 9th Grade Interactions curriculum.
  • Made possible by the support of Aramco Americas

What is Nearpod?

Unlike traditional field trip experiences which rely on pen and paper to document student learning, the Michigan Science Center virtual field trips will utilize a digital learning environment called Nearpod. Nearpod is an educational platform that integrates game-based learning and interactive elements to engage students in an immersive experience. Nearpod works across all devices via web browser, and the app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store. Nearpod does not require students to sign up to use the platform, ensuring student privacy. Teachers can request access to Nearpod’s student assessment tools by emailing Education@mi-sci.org. Nearpod’s student assessment tools are included in the cost of live presentations.

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Looking for another virtual experience?

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Virtual Field Trips are generously supported by:

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With additional support from the Zatkoff Family Legacy Fund.

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As we progress forward, together as a community, MiSci reminds everyone to continue practicing everyday preventive actions to help avoid illness. Learn more about what MiSci is doing to guests and employees safe.

In an effort to bring something new and immersive to you every day during this time, we have switched to a virtual presence as we work to safely open up the building for you, our MiSci family. Check out our ECHO Live program weekdays at 2:30 p.m. on our Facebook Page.