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Virtual Field Trips

Each of our virtual field trips consists of asynchronous, self-paced lessons about a particular STEM topic that connect to further investigations that can be done in the classroom or at home. Our asynchronous lessons are designed through Nearpod and are currently accessible FREE of charge! Want to experience even more with your virtual field trip? Request a live, virtual presentation or exhibit tour led by MiSci educators to pair with the Nearpod lessons for your trip.

 

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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.

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.

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.

Live Exhibit Tour

Connect with MiSci educators for a live tour of the General Motors Earth, Wind, and Weather Gallery coming soon! Click here to explore our other available ECHO Distance Learning programs.

Standards

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

Virtual Planetarium

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

$150 per classroom (free for DPSCD 1st Grade)

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.

Live Exhibit Tour

Connect with MiSci educators for a live tour of the General Motors Earth, Wind, and Weather Gallery coming soon! Click here to explore our other available ECHO Distance Learning programs.

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.

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.

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 our DTE Energy Sparks Theater. 

Global Soundscapes

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.

$150 per classroom, includes Nearpod student assessment feature

STANDARDS

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

Energy on the Move

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.

$150 per classroom

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.

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.

Virtual Field Trips are generously sponsored by

 

 

 

With additional support from the Zatkoff Family Legacy Fund