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To Schedule Science-to-Go!™ Programs call 216-231-8002

  • Experience the wonders of nature in your classroom
  • See Museum specimens and real instruments, and learn professional scientific methods
  • 60-minute, hands-on science programs
  • Based on Pre-K to Grade 8 Ohio Academic Content Standards
  • Maximum of 30 students per class; larger class size may result in an additional charge

Cost for Science-to-Go™ Programs

  • Classroom Program: $130 (30 student maximum). If 3 or more programs are scheduled in one day, the cost is $110/program.
  • Classroom Program & Lab: $250
  • For schools outside Cuyahoga County: $35 travel fee per day, and a minimum of 2 programs scheduled on the same day.


Digging for Dinos | Preschool
Digging for Dinos Teacher’s Guide
Your students will discover the answer to the question "What does a paleontologist do?" as they excavate simulated dinosaur fossils, match skeletons with models, compare different types of dinosaur teeth and touch a real dinosaur fossil.

Is It Alive? | Preschool
Is It Alive Teacher’s Guide
Identify the six characteristics of living things. Learn to respect all living things, no matter how small, scaly, or multi-legged they may be.

Wildlife in the City | Preschool
Wildlife in the City Teacher’s Guide
What is living in YOUR back yard? Museum Instructors will familiarize your students with some of the common wild animals of Ohio, with real mounted specimens, realistic models, and age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Students will be introduced to basic natural science concepts such as animal classification (mammal vs. bird and domestic vs. wild), and describe how humans cause changes in the habitats of animals.

Adaptations of Ohio Animals | Grades K-3
Adaptations of Ohio Animals Teacher’s Guide
Discover the diversity of Ohio's wetlands and forest animals. Using real furs, skulls, and other hands-on materials from Museum collections, students will explore various animal adaptations that specialize them for their specific habitat.

Amazing Air: Science That Will Blow You Away! | Grades K-6
Amazing Air: Science That Will Blow You Away! Teacher’s Guide
Assembly program (Limit: 300 students; $250 per one-hour assembly)
Get your students excited about science inquiry and the scientific method by manipulating the properties of "Amazing Air"! Interactive, messy demonstrations (including dry ice, hot air balloons, and unusual employment of a leaf blower) challenge the audience to use the scientific method and explain, "How did we just DO that?"
NOTE: We will need access to HOT water, electricity, and a HIGH ceiling for this assembly program. Water cleanup is to be expected.

Balto: A History of Humans, Huskies & Health | Grades K-12
Balto: A History of Humans, Huskies & Health Teacher’s Guide
Bring the amazing achievements of mushers and their sled dogs into your classroom! We'll present the history of Balto and the heroic dogs and mushers of the 1925 Alaskan Serum Run, and compare their experience to the Iditarod of today. Discuss diphtheria with a health educator, and find out why the outbreak in Nome, Alaska is so famous. Investigate equipment used to enable humans and huskies to survive in harsh Arctic conditions. Students will also learn the Cleveland, Ohio connection to this famous story, as we detail how the entire city rallied to the aid of Balto and his teammates after they were abandoned and mistreated.
*1-hour program
*Also available via Distance Learning
States of Matter - A Solid Lesson Where Liquids Can Be A Gas! | Grades 1-4
States of Matter Teacher’s Guide
Your classroom will be converted to a hands-on science lab as we investigate the States of Matter. Students will describe the molecular motion of matter as it transitions from solid to liquid to gas, and try different demonstrations to experience the properties of each phase.
NOTE: Although solids and gases are relatively tidy, liquids occasionally flow in unexpected ways. We bring plenty of paper towels; please make sure students clear their desks for this class.
*Also available via Distance Learning

Forces & Motion: Accelerate Your Mass of Students! | Grades 1-5
Forces & Motion Teacher’s Guide
Make sure you have plenty of room for this program as our Science Instructors convert your classroom into a high-action lab ruled by the Laws of Motion! "Forces and motion" are sometimes difficult concepts to describe, but easily observed and understood in real-life situations. As you and your students work through hands-on experiments and observations, we will explore gravity, Newton's Three Laws of Motion, friction, acceleration, momentum and how studying science can be physically fun!
NOTE: This program is appropriate for students beginning the subject of Motion and Materials/Changes In Motion/Light, Sound and Motion. If your class is already familiar with these concepts, you might consider our program titled "Simple Machines: Can You Go the Distance?"
*Also available via Distance Learning

Water: H2O is Awesome! | Grades 1-5
Water: H2O is Awesome! Teacher’s Guide (Grade 1)
Water: H2O is Awesome! Teacher’s Guide (Grades 2-4)
Studying science takes on a "Splash Factor" as we introduce your students to the basic properties of water. Magnification, reflection, refraction, cohesion and a few experiments that might seem to even defy gravity! With each demonstration, the class will properly make a hypothesis, test their ideas and record their findings.
NOTE: Water has a certain ability to flow in unexpected directions. We bring plenty of paper towels; please make sure students clear their desks for this class.

Food Chains, Habitats and Us | Grades 1-7
Food Chains Habitats and Us Teacher’s Guide
Calling all quaternary consumers! As humans continue to encroach on some of the Earth's unique habitats, it becomes increasingly important for students to understand how people affect the environment in which they live. Students will use real specimens from Museum collections to explore how energy from the Sun is transferred from producers to consumers, and why the amount of available energy is reduced at each level of a food chain. Find YOUR link in a food chain and identify your crucial role in protecting natural diversity.

*Also available via Distance Learning

Weather | Grades 2-7
Weather Teacher’s Guide
Your classroom will be a flurry of activity while students study the reason for season changes, experiment with the science behind weather systems, and investigate simple weather instruments.

Alternative Energy and Sustainability: Current Generation and Progressive Potentials | Grades 3-8
Alternative Energy and Sustainability Teacher's Guide
Energize your classroom with this hands-on investigation of how humans produce power! Can you follow the flow of energy from the sun to our homes and businesses? Compare renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, and why some work better than others in specific situations. Students will consider the costs of coal use, wrangle tiny wind turbines, study solar panels, and try other activities to understand the benefits and environmental impacts of various energy generation methods.
*1-hour program

Ancient Teeth Tell Tales: A Paleobiology Lab Experience | Grades 3-8
Ancient Teeth Tell Tales Teacher’s Guide | Student Feedback
Join us as we replicate a day of research with Dr. Darin Croft, Paleontologist with Case Western Reserve University and the Museum. Specializing in mammals that went extinct millions of years ago, Dr. Croft's work launches this lab experience illustrating how careful measurements of fossil teeth can help scientists build a picture of entire ancient ecosystems. Using real diagnostic equipment and casts of specimens found during recent South American fieldwork, your amateur Paleobiologists will learn how ancient teeth tell tales!
NOTE (for Distance Learning only): A necessary kit of materials will be sent to you for use during the program. Please open the kit before our connection and check it against the Inventory List. A pre-paid UPS label will be included for you to attach to the kit once secured for return to the Museum.
*1-hour program
*Also available via Distance Learning

Rocks and Minerals: It's Not 'Hard' Science! | Grades 3-8
Rocks and Minerals: It’s Not  ‘Hard’ Science Teacher’s Guide


*Program developed with a grant from Nordson                                                           
Are you losing your marbles when it comes to getting sedimentary students interested in the rocks beneath their feet? Don't sulfur alone...we'll help you dig up an avalanche of appreciation for the original hard sciences. This overview of geology and mineralogy basics will whet your students' apatite for Earth Sciences with plenty of hands-on experience with real specimens from our collections. Is studying rocks fun? Of quartz it is!
Note (for Distance Learning only): A necessary (and heavy) kit of specimens will be shipped to your school for use during our program. When your student geologists are finished, please refer to our packing diagram to prep the kit for return to the Museum. There will be a return UPS label in the kit and zip-ties to secure the lid. Please allow a two-week lead time when booking and alert your school office about this delivery.

Archaeology: Dig into the Past | Grades 4-6
Archaeology: Dig into the Past Teacher’s Guide
"Dig" into a mock archaeological site. Students will interact with real and replica artifacts from the site and use them to learn about prehistoric Ohio people.

Simple Machines: Can You Go the Distance? | Grades 5-8
Simple Machines: Can You Go the Distance? Teacher’s Guide
They might be called "simple" machines, but the concept of trading force for distance can be anything BUT "simple" for students to grasp. Our Science Instructors will challenge your class to demonstrate the use of levers, gears, inclined planes, screws, pulleys and wedges while explaining how each item reduces the amount of force necessary to move a specific load. Students will hypothesize, experiment and collect data about each simple machine. WARNING: This program requires clear tables for each team of students; otherwise, random objects may become involved in our experiments!
NOTE: This program is appropriate for students already familiar with the subjects of Motion and Materials/Changes In Motion/Light, Sound and Motion. If your class needs review or is just beginning these topics, we suggest our program titled, "Forces and Motion: Accelerate Your Mass of Students!"