Field Trips

Area science museums host special programs of interest to budding scientists and their families.

Our Body: The Universe Within

Actual human bodies and organs are on display to reveal the workings of human anatomy. The specimens have been preserved with polymer injections in place of body fluids to inhibit decomposition. The exhibit also features anatomical studies from the past 1,000 years and a "MicroWorld display" featuring magnified images of skin, organs and cell samples.

Through May 28, The New Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit, 313-577-8400. Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

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Extreme Science: Cutting Edge Curriculum Connections

Teachers will learn how to use COSI Toledo resources for classroom activities across the curriculum. The workshop includes a two-hour presentation and demonstrations of hands-on lessons. Sample curriculum materials are aligned with Ohio and Michigan academic standards.

Feb. 8, COSI Toledo, 1 Discovery Way, Toledo, Ohio, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Cost $10; includes materials and light refreshments. Reservations required. Call 800-334-2674 ext. 280 to register.

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Home School Support

One Thursday each month during the school year, Impression 5 Science Center presents a workshop for home schooling families. Each program is tailored to four different age groups ranging from preschool to fifth grade and up. The Feb. 8th program will focus on microscopes; the March 8th workshop will investigate gems.

Through May 10, Impression 5 Science Center, 200 Museum Dr., Lansing, MI 48933. Cost is $3.50 admission per person and a $3 lab fee. Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

For more information about the home school programs or to register, please call Micaela Balzer at 517-485-8116 ext 44; or go to

Waste to Watts

Half of the gas produced by landfill decomposition is methane, which increasingly is used as a substitute for natural gas in the production of electricity. The "Waste to Watts" exhibit includes hands-on stations that allow students to observe what happens when trash is discarded and how methane gas is created, collected and converted to electricity.

Through summer 2007, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, 734-995-5439. Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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