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Please note the Institute of Science has
implemented new hours. Except for school holiday breaks in December, January,
February and April, Mondays from Labor Day through Memorial Day are reserved
for school groups only. We are closed to the general public on Mondays. New hours Sundays are Noon to 4pm. As always
we encourage visitors to check our website for the most up-to-date information
related to special open and close times.
Welcome back to school! We hope you had an enjoyable and restful
summer. The Institute had one of its busiest summers in years
with more than 450 summer campers honing their scientific skills at Cranbrook.
We also opened a new exhibition which we know will be a popular part
of the field trip experience at the museum this fall. World of Dinosaurs: Land, Sea and Air was produced by the Institute of Science and features more than 60
full-scale dinosaur skeletons and cast mounts.
Just last week, one young visitor ran into the Traveling Exhibit Hall,
gasped, ran back out again and exclaimed "Dad, It's like Dinosaur City down
there!!" We think your students
will be amazed.
Two items of note to help you plan your visits this
year. Mondays at the
Institute of Science are now reserved exclusively for
schools interested in
booking the entire museum or taking programming for
the day. Except for holiday weeks, we are closed to the public on Mondays. Secondly, we have redesigned our website and improved registration processes. This new
site will make it easier for you to register for programs. You can even shop the Science Shop online now
Check out information about new programming outlined
in this E-newsletter and let us help you plan your field trip or in-class
Physics of Fling!
What better way to dazzle your students into learning
the basics of physics than with a three-ton trebuchet launching pumpkins
and medicine balls at your school! Originally designed to lay siege to fortifications Cranbrook will not attack your school, but we will launch large pumpkins
the distance of a football field or more!
Cranbrook's trebuchet is an
awesome tool to demonstrate the principle of conservation of energy, the mathematical nature of projectile motion and the
basic laws of kinematics in engaging and inspiring ways that are certain to
thrill and awe. This amazing program is offered in three ways: two hours at your
school; two hours at the Institute of Science; or one hour at your school and
one hour at the Institute (on separate days). Each program includes a classroom
component which involves the use of a model trebuchet as well as the hands-on use
of the full-scale trebuchet.
Preview this awesome machine on Cranbrook's
YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/CranbrookScience.
New Programs Go Back
in Time, Deep into the Great Lakes and Soar into the Stars!
Registration has begun for field trips to Cranbrook.
This year offers new programs Anthropology
& Social Studies, Astronomy & Space Science, and Fluid Earth. Students
will discover how important the American bison were to Native American culture,
experience colonial life in Michigan and learn why the War of 1812 was so
important in maintaining America's independence. We dive into
the Great Lakes to witness how the threatened Lake Sturgeon is returning to the
Detroit River and surrounding waters making this "dinosaur of the deep" a part
of the fish community once again. This
is one of many water programs at Cranbrook. Finally, in Space, we travel back to the time of the
Ancient Greeks and Romans to examine the mythological
legends and stories their vivid imaginations created as they looked at the
stars. These programs are a sampling of GLCE-aligned programs designed to help
improve your students' test scores.
Download a PDF 2010-2011 Educator Guide or call 248 645.3210 to have a copy mailed to you.
Students Come Face to
Face with Dinosaurs at Cranbrook
Students visiting Cranbrook this fall Travel back 250
million years to the Mesozoic Era and wander among one of Michigan's
largest-ever exhibitions of dinosaur fossils and fossil casts during World of Dinosaurs: Land, Sea and Air.
Encompassing almost 6,000 square feet with more than 60 full scale dinosaur
mounts representing 40 species; World of
Dinosaurs brings visitors within inches of the remarkable dinosaurs,
reptiles and birds of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods, commonly
referred to as the "Golden Age of Dinosaurs." On land, the terrifying
40-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex
"Stan," one of the largest and most complete of the 30 known T. rex ever discovered, rules the
landscape. Under the sea, reptile specimens derived from shallow sea deposits
that covered the western interior of North America, North Africa and Europe
give a glimpse of some of the marine predators of the time. Overhead, the
Pterosaurs are suspended in appropriate portions of the exhibition to complete
the immersion experience.
World of Dinosaurs: Land, Sea and Air runs through January 2, 2011 and is free with every field trip to the Institute