Events, Programs, Field Trips and More
FREE General Admission for Ohio Teachers
We encourage teachers to use Great Lakes Science Center as a teaching resource so we offer FREE general admission to Ohio teachers every day! Just bring your school ID and enjoy free admission to hundreds of hands-on exhibits, as well as the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and Steamship William G. Mather. Come and preview Great Lakes Science Center before your next field trip.
Want to be a summer camp counselor? We’re hiring!
Do you love a good scientific spectacle? Is your idea of a good time building underwater robots, dissecting a shark or bringing your own animation to life? Are you interested in experiencing the best summer of your life? We are now accepting applications to join the 2013 Summer Camp staff! If you love science and are interested in helping change the life of a child, apply today!
Download the 2012-2013 Educator Guide
Our Educator Guide makes field trip planning easy. Get information on all of our hands-on exhibits and attractions, live science demonstrations and new workshops, special teacher programs and field trip packages. Best of all, you’ll get at-a-glance information on which of our programs align with the new Ohio Revised Standards.
Sign up for our monthly teacher e-newsletter and get information on the latest exhibitions, events and programs at Great Lakes Science Center. Learn about upcoming teacher workshops, open houses and more. Sign up now.
Great Lakes Science Center offers a great learning experience for your students. Many of our exhibits and programs meet Ohio Learning Content Standards for grades K-12. Learn more about field trips to the Great Lakes Science Center.
Field Trip Funds
There are several grant opportunities available for teachers. Learn more here.
NEW for 2012-2013! Center for Innovation in STEM Education
Looking for professional development opportunities? Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s MC2 STEM High School, Cleveland State University and the Ohio STEM Learning Network have teamed up to bring you exciting, new teacher training programs for the 2012-13 school year focusing on the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Learn more about the Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE.)
NEW! Mobile FabLab
Now you can bring the FabLab, or Fabrication Laboratory, to your school. The FabLab is an amazing technology platform for learning and innovation that combines high-tech production equipment with an easy user interface to help students and teachers use rapid prototyping to design and build just about anything! Learn more about the Mobile FabLab.
2013 Teacher Events
Lost Egypt Teacher Open House
Tuesday, February 5
See our new exhibition, Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science and watch the OMNIMAX film, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. Sample our new Egypt Unwrapped student workshop and learn about the science behind mummification. Includes light refreshments. Sign up for a class field trip that evening and get a 10% discount. Admission is free. Reserve today! Call 216-621-2400.
Using NASA STEM Resources: A Teacher Workshop
Thursday, February 7
4:30 – 6:30 pm
This two-hour workshop is for teachers of grades 3-6 who want to implement new standards using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in the classroom. Learn about the latest Mars missions, use the NASA Engineering Design Process and network with other science-minded educators. Workshop materials include more than 80 pages of resources and activities with access to dozens of online activities. This workshop is hosted by Kim Moore, NASA STEM Educator Fellow. Workshop fee: $15. A certificate of participation will be provided upon request. Sign up today! Call 216-621-2400.
New NASA Glenn Visitor Center - Evening for Educators
FREE Open House
Tuesday, April 16
You're invited to experience the new NASA Glenn Visitor Center and explore the risks and triumphs of space exploration.
Steer a robotic rover, study artifacts used during Mars mission testing, gain insight into how astronauts live and work on the International Space Station and see the impressive new presentation of the Apollo Command Module.
Watch a trailer reel featuring a library of our most popular OMNIMAX films! Enjoy light refreshments and complimentary parking.
Sign up for a class field trip and get a 10% discount. Reserve today! Call 216-621-2400.
Web-based Science Labs
Great Lakes Science Center has teamed up with WVIZ/PBS ideastream to create online science investigations aligned with grades 5-8 Ohio Science Academic Content Standards and designed to facilitate inquiry-based learning.
PSI: Physical Science Investigation
This great free teaching tool is a series of 28 videos focusing on physical science concepts that are challenging to both teach and learn. Each experiment includes lesson plans, additional resources and two types of video: videos using discrepant event demonstrations to help develop students’ scientific and conceptual physics thinking and professional development videos to help teachers better understand the science and inquiry process. Learn more about PSI at www.wviz.org/psi.
LSI: Life Science Investigation
This Emmy Award-nominated documentary-style investigation of key middle grade biology concepts incorporates the themes of invasive species, the health of Lake Erie’s ecosystems, and the potential invasion by Asian Carp. Includes eight video lessons, teacher video, web-based lesson plans, resources and research activities. Learn more about LSI at www.wviz.org/lsi.
PSI and LSI are produced by WVIZ/PBS ideastream in cooperation with Great Lakes Science Center and the SMART consortium. Funding is provided by eTech Ohio.
NEW! Discount Family Memberships for Educators
Join our educator membership program and share your love of science with your family! Enjoy free, unlimited general admission to the Science Center and the Mather Steamship for a full year plus free general admission to more than 250 science centers worldwide. For information on our discounted educator memberships, call 216-696-4576.