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Educational Programs at Your Location

Can't make it to Midland Center for the Arts? We can come to you with one of our on-site, hands-on, educational experiences for participants of all ages. Outreach programs must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. All programs are aligned with Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. For a listing of standards met by specific programs or to schedule a workshop for your class, please email schools@midlandcenter.org.

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Summer Library Programs

Bring the magic of the Ocean and Midland Center for the Arts to your summer programs with Ocean Adventures! Select one of these programs that help discover the science, wonder, and protection that our oceans bring.
Dive in and explore the physical and chemical properties of the Earth’s oceans! Students will learn about currents, salinity, and more through hands-on demonstrations and science experiments.

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
Swim this way as you discover how fish swim in the ocean! Learn through visuals of the fish anatomy, followed by creating a fish puppet, and learn some fish moves with dancing and songs!

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
Help clean up the ocean! Learn what happens to our sea life as we read the story, Little Turtle and the Changing Sea: A Story of Survival in Polluted Oceans. Guests will experience the impact of oil spills and pollution in our oceans through sensory-friendly hands-on activities.  They will have the opportunity to clean the ocean and learn how to prevent these disasters.

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.

Assembly Presentations

These workshops are offered at your location. Our assembly-style presentations offer students an interactive science experience with dynamic demonstrations! Presentations last approximately 45 minutes. $125 for 1 presentation, $75 for each additional presentation
Explore the science behind sound with interactive demonstrations. Investigate the role waves play in the creation of sound and experiment with loud vs. soft and high vs. low sounds. Grades PreK-2

To schedule a visit for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
What is a force? How do forces impact our world and the way it moves? We will explore the basics of forces as we demonstrate the power of magnets, gravity and more. We will break down Newton’s Laws as we send objects flying and perform science ‘tricks.’ Grades 2-8

To schedule a visit for your class please emailschools@midlandcenter.org.
This program is possible with support from Airgas-Great Lakes Region and Dendritech®, Inc.

Hands-On Art & Science Workshops

These engaging hands-on workshops can accomodate up to 30 students and are approximately 45 minutes in length. $125 for one classroom, $75 for additional groups.
Students will learn to observe changing weather throughout the year as we read The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman. Following story time, students will create water cycle bags. Grades PreK-K

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
Students will learn about the engineering design process and the causes and effects of erosion as they work to devise a way to prevent beach erosion. Grades 1-5

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
Students will explore the properties of matter as they explore the relationships between energy and matter. Students will explore chemical and physical changes with hands-on experiments and engaging demonstrations. Grades 5-8

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
Students will explore rhythms from around the world as they learn how to play simple rhythm patterns as a group. Students will then create their own unique rhythm instruments. Grades PreK-2

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
Students will learn about the basics of sculpture and form as they transform paper into unique three-dimensional sculptures. Students will take inspiration from contemporary artists working with paper. Grades 1-5

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
Students will explore both literary and artistic aspects of creating their own mini graphic novel. Students will discover the basics of illustration and narrative writing as they enhance their comic using dialogue and character development. Grades 5-8

To schedule a workshop for your class please email schools@midlandcenter.org.
Additional travel fees apply for all outreach programs at a rate of $0.60 per mile.