We make STEM Come Alive!

We understand that your need for quality STEM programming is stronger than ever this year. We also understand your desire for flexible options. We are now offering a diverse selection of in-person, virtual and outreach STEM programs to meet your needs. We look forward to challenging and entertaining your students through hands-on workshops, larger-than-life science shows and teaching through play in our exhibit areas. Thank you for choosing Great Lakes Science Center.

Registration Information
In-Person Field Trips
Virtual Field Trips
Outreach at Your School


Reserve your in-person, virtual or outreach experience by phone or email. Book early as many of our program dates and times fill quickly!

  • By phone: call our dedicated reservation agents at (216) 621-2400 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • By email: send us an email at edhelp@glsc.org. Please be sure to include your school, grade level and full contact information.
  • Pre-register online: our reservations team will follow up with you directly. Click here to pre-register.

In-Person Field Trips

General Admission $7 per student
General Admission + DOME Theater $10 per student
Add-on a Hands-on Workshop Starting at $4 per student

Workshops for Pre-K - Kindergarten

Workshops for Grades 1-2

Workshops for Grades 3-5

Workshops for Grades 6-12

What to know about In-Person Field Trips:

  • Field Trips of 10 or more guests (adults, chaperones and students) can be accommodated.
  • Chaperones: A 1:5 chaperone to child ratio is required for groups with children under the age of 18. Chaperones within the 1:5 ratio receive free general admission. Additional adults must pay the posted student rates.
  • Admissions Fee: A 6 percent City of Cleveland admissions fee is applicable to all field trips and will be added to your visit.
  • Payment: Payment is due for all field trips no less than 14 days in advance of the visit date. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card, check, purchase orders and cash (cash payments must be made in person at the Science Center). Payment upon arrival is not permitted.
  • Cancellation: Please let us know in writing at least 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel. Payments are non-refundable and payments made towards a canceled visit will be held as a credit towards a future visit.
  • Health and Safety: All guests are required to wear masks. Please note that food and beverages are not allowed in the exhibit areas. More information on our current health and safety procedures can be found here. 
  • Lunch: Please let us know at the time of reservation if you plan to eat lunch at the Science Center. A reserved lunch space is included with field trip reservations. Schools are welcome to bring brown-bag lunches to be enjoyed and pre-ordered box lunches are also available in advance (orders must be placed no less than 72 hours before your visit). Purchasing lunch in the Science Center cafe is not available for groups.
  • Parking: Complimentary bus parking is available on a first-come, first served basis. Busses will receive instructions on where and how to park upon arrival.

Virtual Field Trips

LIVE Private Science Shows
$75 per classroom
Duration: approximately 30-45 minutes
Science becomes larger than life as we perform spectacular demonstrations just for your class! Choose from the following themes. Each show ends with time for questions and answers.

  • Bubblemania - Why are bubbles round? Can we make them into another shape? Bubbles come alive while students investigate molecules, shapes and colors.
  • Energize It! - Energy is all around us. We transform energy with explosive results using thermal, chemical, potential and kinetic energy.
  • Lift-off - 3-2-1 blast off! Explore the stages of human flight outside Earth’s orbit and the laws of motion that make it a truly uphill battle
  • Magic of Matter - How can matter change from one state into the other? We experiment with physical changes using Liquid Nitrogen that uncovers the “magic” behind why some materials behave in unexpected ways.
  • Seeing Sound - Can fire dance to music? Observe sound vibrations as we demonstrate how our senses help us hear, feel and even see sound.

Virtual Hands-on Workshops
Pricing for virtual workshops varies by topic and grade level. All workshops are led virtually by a Science Center educator and include one kit per registered student (unless otherwise noted) with all items needed to complete each workshop plus an additional kit for the teacher. Please see below for additional detail regarding supply kit pick-up.

Pre-K - Kindergarten
Engineering Challenge: Three Little Pigs
$6 per student | Duration: ~30 minutes
Students are junior engineers as they perform hands-on experiments exploring which materials can withstand the big, bad wolf. This workshop promotes science and literacy.

Dissection: Owl Pellets
$9 per student | Duration; ~45 minutes
Students will dissect an owl pellet with plastic tweezers. They will compare their findings with an identification chart to discover what was in that owl's diet! 

Grades 3-5
Jumping Jitterbugs
$9 per student | Duration: ~45 minutes
Students explore how circuits and electricity work together while designing and creating their own Jumping Jitterbug. 

Dissection: Cow Eye
$10 per student | Duration: ~1 hour
Students will examine the complex structure of an eye and how it functions by cutting into and dissecting a cow eye. (Must be reserved at least four weeks in advance.) 

Grades 6-8
Electricity Investigators
$8 per student | Duration: ~1 hour
Students investigate circuits and electricity as they are challenged to design and build their own working flashlight from common household materials.

Grades 6-12
Dissection: Pig Heart
$10 per student | Duration: ~1 hour
Students will get a tour of the body's pump with this dissection of a pig heart. They will cut into the heart to reveal the four chambers, peer into the aorta and inspect blood vessels up close. (Must be reserved at least four weeks in advance. Each heart will be shared by two students.) 

What to know about Virtual Field Trips:

  • Workshop Supply Kits: You will be contacted approximately one week prior to your workshop date to make arrangements for kit drop-off. Virtual hands-on workshops include one kit per registered student that contains all items needed to complete each workshop. One additional kit is also provided for the teacher. Kits will be picked up at the Science Center at a pre-arranged date and time. After the workshop is completed, you can drop off any materials that need to be returned to the Science Center. Delivery and pick-up to and from your school is also available for a $50 additional fee (within 30 miles of the Science Center). 
  • Health and Safety: We ensure that all proper protocol is followed when distributing the kits. Each element is cleaned and sanitized before packing. When materials are returned, they are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before re-packing for future use. All kits include safety information sheets with information on proper tool handling, ventilation needs and disposal of hazardous items. Please ensure that these are reviewed with your class prior to the program start. 
  • Payment: Payment for virtual experiences is due 14 days prior to your visit date. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card, check, purchase orders and cash (cash payments must be made in person at the Science Center).
  • Cancellation Policy: Please let us know in writing at least 7 days in advance if you need to cancel. Payments are non-refundable and payments made towards a canceled program will be held as a credit towards a future program.
  • Virtual Platforms: We plan to use Zoom for all virtual interactions and will email a link to the contact on the registration form before the session begins. This can be emailed out to your families with students at home. The Zoom call will start at the registered start time of the program. If you have technical difficulties, please contact us at 216-696-2760. If you are unable to use Zoom, please let us know at time of registration and we will try to make an accommodation by using a different service. 

Outreach to Your School!

Outreach Big Science Shows
We bring our larger than life science experiments to your school! Choose from the following themes. Each show ends with time for questions and answers. Please note that a space of at least 20 x 20 feet is required along with a high ceiling. Auditoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums are usually great spaces. Space requirements will be confirmed after booking.
$375 per show.
Duration: approximately 30-45 minutes.

  • Bubblemania - Why are bubbles round? Can we make them into another shape? Bubbles come alive while students investigate molecules, shapes and colors.
  • Break It - Experience the thrill of watching one of our presenters lay on a bed of nails and then we take it up a notch! Be amazed with a messy foam explosion. Learn the science behind weight, force distribution and chemical reactions as you gasp in awe.
  • Cryoblast - Just how cold is Liquid Nitrogen? How does it affect different materials? We highlight the amazing effects of extreme cold temperatures and what happens with materials change states.
  • Fire and Ice - Experimentation with temperature is taken to the extreme when we battle fire and liquid nitrogen in an explosive demonstration of physics and chemistry.
  • Magic of Matter - How can matter change from one state into the other? We experiment with physical changes using Liquid Nitrogen that uncovers the “magic” behind why some materials behave in unexpected ways.
  • Math in Motion - We send math flying! Watch in amazement while objects are launched across the room and explore how forces affect an object’s motion.

We can bring the “WOW” to your STEM Night!
$150 per hour. Minimum of three hours  
Let us provide a fun, hands-on STEM table activity for your family night. Students and their families will be able to engage in one of the following activities.

  • Exploring Electricity - Observe energy transformation as we show off our portable Tesla Coil, Van de Graaff Generator and Plasma Ball. Safely experiment with static electricity in several hands-on activities.
  • Making Music - Use “Makey-Makey’s” to play music and learn how various objects can conduct electricity. Play a “piano” with modeling dough, foil or found objects.
  • Soaring Stomp Rockets - Design a paper rocket using templates to create fins and nosecones. Test your rocket to see how far or high it can go! Use the Engineering Design Process to see if you can re-design your rocket to get better results. A space of at least 20 feet is recommended for this activity.

What to know about Outreach Programming at Your :

  • Payment: Payment for outreach experiences is due 14 days prior to the program date. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card, check, purchase orders and cash (cash payments must be made in person at the Science Center).
  • Cancellation Policy: Please let us know in writing at least 7 days in advance if you need to cancel. Payments are non-refundable and payments made towards a canceled program will be held as a credit towards a future program.
  • Outreach Extended Mileage Fee: Up to 30 miles from the Science Center is included in the program fee. A mileage fee of $2 per mile will be charged for any additional mileage beyond the initial 30 miles. Max distance we can serve is 60 miles from the Science Center.

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