Sponsors of Science

MiSci’s Sponsors of Science Program supports up to 15,000 students with free and reduced rate field trips each year through private and corporate donations.

Educators of students in grades PreK-12 with at least 75% of all students in the school/organization receiving free and reduced lunch are eligible to apply for funding assistance for science center general admission.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please apply for funding prior to booking your field trip. Review all details of the application thoroughly before submitting your application, as our process has changed.

Applications for Sponsors of Science are currently closed. Applications will reopen on August 1. Note that funding for field trips is now issued quarterly. Check the chart below to see when applications will be accepted and awards distributed. 

Trip Quarter Applications Open Application Deadline Award Notification
Q4 (Oct 1. – Dec. 31) CLOSED September 7 September 14
Q1 (Jan. 1 – Mar. 31) CLOSED November 1 November 15
Q2 (Apr. 1 – June 30) CLOSED February 1 February 15
Q3 (July 1 – Sept. 30) CLOSED May 1 May 15

*Applications will reopen on August 1, 2019. To ensure you are notified, please contact

Questions? Contact for assistance.

Teacher Testimonials

The bus sponsorship was GREATLY appreciated as we may not have been able to attend otherwise. Although my students live only a mile away, MANY reported this as their first visit. They LOVED seeing how their class content was reflected in hands-on experiences. Many “ohs” and “ahs” … very meaningful!!!


– 7th grade teacher, GEE Edmonson Academy, Detroit


Thank you for the learning opportunity at the Michigan Science Center for our students with special needs. Your facility and staff were accommodating to the various styles of learning our students require.


– Elementary Teacher, Moses Field Elementary, Detroit


I just wanted to follow up with you regarding the field trip that you granted to A.L. Holmes Pre-K last week. The trip was wonderful! Thank you so much for helping us out and providing us with such top notch service from beginning to end. The children and staff all enjoyed everything that the center had to offer.  


My group especially enjoyed the gear automation/assembly line.  A few months back I had written a grant to obtain a box of Pre-K friendly gears for each child in my classroom. Well, a couple of weeks prior to our visit at the Michigan Science Center, I received the grant and my children were able to each take home a box of their own gears.  


They love the gears and have been learning to assemble them to make them turn and work together. So, when they saw the set-up at your facility they correlated the two and the light went off in their little heads! That was a fun moment!  I realized at that point that all of my madness does have a purpose!  


– Pre-K Teacher, A.L. Holmes Elementary, Detroit


Detroit International Academy for Young Women enjoyed exploring at the Michigan Science Center. The students had a great time and the teachers thought it was a great idea to have activities related to M-STEP to get the students prepared for testing. Again, thank for the opportunity and our school looks forward to visiting again.


– Elementary Teacher, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Detroit

Sponsors of Science by the Numbers


Students supported through Sponsors of Science in 2018.


Total number of students who were offered summer camp scholarships.


Total number of students served with sponsored transportation to MiSci from October – December 2018.


 Grades most often offered sponsorship.


Teachers agreed that a field trip to MiSci encouraged their students to seek more information.


Teachers felt that MiSci Staff and Volunteers demonstrated the relevance of STEM to their students.

Become a Sponsor

Become a Sponsor of Science today and support students for field trips, camps, and visits to the Michigan Science Center.

Save up to $10 on membership now through June 7!

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