Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, the Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month. Join us for a free evening of science fun on August 4. Stop by the Café for dinner, or visit the Observatory at no additional charge.
September Astronomy Calendar
Sept. 6 - full moon
Sept. 13 - last quarter moon
Sept. 20 - new moon
Sept. 27 - first quarter moon
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Indulge in sweet science when Chocolate: The Exhibition Opens Sept. 23
Chocolate: The Exhibition
, dives into the science and sociology of cacao, exploring its ecology usage over the last 3,000-years, its impact on history, economies, cultures, and its journey through time examining how it became the sweet treat we know and love today.
Chocolate: The Exhibition opens on September 23, 2017. Members are invited to a sneak peek, 9:30am - Noon, and the public is welcome in the afternoon. Members will enjoy 10% off
Chocolate kits and puzzles at the Science Shop Sept. 23.
Exhibit ticket prices: Adults: $8 for non-members; $7 for members; $6 for seniors and children 2-12. Non-members must also pay museum admission.
Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago and are supported in part by the National Science Foundation.
Cranbrook Institute of Science closed Sept. 4-18; Explore Cranbrook Art Museum instead
We'll miss you during our closure and hope to see you later in the month!
Ghosts, ghouls, witches and guests of all ages are invited to the haunted happenings of
, as the Institute's most popular event makes its return. The fun includes hands-on activities, make-and-take stations, planetarium shows, spooky surprises, and a visit from the renowned Dr. Kelp to discuss his contact with an alien civilization. Costumes are welcome, and optional.
Ticket prices: $10/person for pre-registered members; $15/person for pre-registered non-members; walk-up tickets are an additional $3 each, and availability is not guaranteed.
To reserve your spot at this spooktacular event, call the scheduling office at 248.645.3210, or register online by October 18 at
Botany revealed for budding scientists
The Young Scientists program returns to the Institute Oct. 3. Kids ages four to second grade are invited to immerse themselves in new discoveries and hands-on activities across a variety of topics including paleontology, zoology, physics and more.
Session times: Preschool (age 4 and 5), 10:00-10:45am or 1:30-2:15pm; kindergarten to second grade, 4:15-5:00pm. Sessions are offered four times per month.
First session: Botany (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24)
Discover how leaves, roots, seeds and flowers all work together. Live insects from the Institute's teaching collection will allow participants to get a first-hand look at the relationship between plants and insects. Session includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the
Chocolate: The Exhibition.
Session prices: $50/session for one-member child + adult pair; $75 for one non-member + adult pair; no refunds and individual sessions are not transferable.
Pre-registration is required. Claim your spot now by calling 248.645.3210. The 2017-2018 series runs Oct. 3 - March 20.
Summer camp explored science, Detroit and welcomed Kids Kicking Cancer
The Institute wrapped its summer camps last month, hosting 600 kids over the course of six weeks. New for this year was
Explore in the D, and
Science Fiction, with
Kids Kicking Cancer,
and 3-5 camps returning.
Explore in the D took kids to different locations around Detroit each day, including a hip hop class at a Hazel Park dance studio, a tour of the G.A.R. Building Detroit (Grand Army of the Republic) and a history lesson on how Detroit streets were named.
"The kids loved
Explore in the D, and is definitely something we will plan to do next year," said Ruth Smigielski, scout coordinator and museum educator at the Cranbrook Institute of Science.
Science Fiction gave middle schoolers the chance to concoct chemistry experiments and test their reaction, including the science behind super powers.
Kids Kicking Cancer
, and funded by
, the Institutes pediatric cancer program, a two-day camp was held for children who are fighting cancer and other serious illnesses, in a scrubbed clean and safe environment. Ranging in age from two years to teenagers, the kids participated in activities including planetarium and astrology workshops, anthropology and geology programs, and the healing powers of art.
3-5 camps were held for five weeks, with different areas of focus each week, including Michigan Week, zeroing in on the Great Lakes and Michigan-made products, and Planet Week. Campers were able to pick topics to explore such as engineering, color mixing, constructing cities out of cardboard and making animals out of pasta.
The summer camp season ended with
Explore After Dark, a one-night sleepover for campers and their parents at the Cranbrook Institute of Science to experience the meteor shower.