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Cranbrook Institute of Science Teacher Newsletter

October 2010
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Free Family Night
Astronomy News
New Programs
Educator Quick Links
Science on the Go!

Dinosaur Lecture November 19 at 7:30pm
Brent Breithaupt, paleontologist for the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management and former Curator of the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, relates his experience leading the excavation of the most complete Allosaurus skeleton ever found in The Story of Big Al: Saving a Dinosaur for the Future. Tickets are $5 for Members and $10 for non-Members.
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Young Scientists

October has brought the blaze of glory that is fall to Cranbrook's Campus and, now that MEAP testing is almost over, field trips are starting in full force! Students are dazzled by the World of Dinsoaurs exhibit and teachers love that it is a free part of every visit to the Institute. This exhibition has proved that kids (even the 80-year-old kids) love dinosaurs!

As part of the World of Dinosaurs experience visitors are given a chance to play paleontologist the second Saturday of each month by helping Institute staff extract dinosaur bones from the geological strata in which they were discovered. Dino Lab is an especially good experience for students who learn best by doing and it's free with admission to the museum.

The season also offers lectures, special events and one of the Institute's most popular annual events--Halloween Science! Visit our website for details related to these and other activities at

Go Science!

Free Family Night of Geology Fun Nov. 5

The Geology of MichiganCranbrook Institute of Science offers free admission to the museum and the premiere screening of The Geology of Michigan: An Expedition Through Deep Time on Friday, November 5 at 7:30pm. Developed and researched by Cranbrook Institute of Science Geologist and Paleontologist John Zawiskie, in collaboration with the Program Source International video company, The Geology of Michigan takes viewers through billions of years of geological history to discover the events that created, and continue to impact, the Great Lakes and surrounding area. Attendees will learn about the geology right outside their front doors! Following the screening, John will be on hand to answer questions about the project and copies of the DVD will be available for purchase. Free admission after 5pm the first Friday of each month is underwritten by MASCO Community Foundation. Seating for the premiere of The Geology of Michigan: An Expedition Through Deep Time is available on a first come, first seated basis with a maximum of 190 seats.

Astronomy News Link is Quick Access to the Galaxy!

SpaceThroughout the past summer, the Institute worked on a redesign of its website and unveiled the new site last month. Making the site more user-friendly and more useful overall-especially for teachers-was one of the primary goals for the new site. To that end, we added a second news link to our website. In addition to the science news feed under "Science Central"  and
which is updated several times daily, we've recently added a second link that deals exclusively with astronomy-related news items. Located under "planetarium" in the "Explore the Institute" section, this link and the Science news feed, offer a fast resource for student research, classroom discussion, or keeping up at a glance. Bookmark both for convenient reference and visit our website for other teacher resources at

New Program Immerses Students in Colonial Michigan!

Colonial MichiganAs part of the new program selections at Cranbrook for the 2010-2011 school year, the Anthropology and Social Studies Departments offers Colonial Michigan. Kindergarten through Third Grade students enter late eighteenth century Michigan to explore the way of life and great changes that were occurring during that time. Educators in period costumes introduce the fur traders, Native Americans, farmers, shopkeepers, tradesmen, servants and others who lived and worked in the city and countryside. Historical documents, hand-on activities and artworks are used to illustrate the lives of people from Michigan's past. The focus on labor, community roles, and land use using touchable artifacts, makes this program excellent for First and Second Grade audiences. To preview this program or other GLCE-aligned programming, click here.