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Science on a Sphere® at the MSU Museum

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) has arrived at the MSU Museum!
Gallery now open, scheduled public shows start in January 2020

>>>>> Public show information and to purchase tickets <<<<<

Imagine yourself in a darkened museum gallery. Gradually, four projectors illuminate a giant globe, seeming to float in front of you. You see a spectacular animation, showing geophysical, environmental, and cultural data projected on the globe. You watch our spinning earth - our tiny “blue marble" - from outer space. Then, the image instantly transforms into the rotating sphere of Mars, a history of cities on Earth, or even the interior of a biological cell. Come experience it for yourself!

Fun facts about Science on a Sphere

Public shows start on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Science on a Sphere at the MSU Museum is generously supported by the MSU Federal Credit Union. Help Support Science on a Sphere Programs at the MSU Museum! click here

Download the SOS Flyer

Science On a Sphere programs are live presentations designed for a general audience. Each show involves presenter-audience interactions and opportunities to do hands-on activities. The programs are approximately 1 hour in length, unless otherwise noted. Ticket purchasing information will be added here soon.

For questions about SOS programs, please call 517-432-1472.

Admission Prices

Admission prices for all public shows are:
Adults, $4.50
Students ages 13-17 and seniors (62+), $4.00
Children ages 3-12, $3.50
Children 2 and under, free

Program Options

Globe overlaid with red, green, yellow, and blue colors to show carbon emissions

Climate Clues: Visualizing Climate Change
Find clues about climate! Discover the Earth’s human and climate systems, how they interact, and how MSU researchers are developing new technologies to combat climate change. Take part in hands-on demonstrations, activities, and art making.

 

Deep sea riftia woms

Life Without Sunlight
What's living at the bottom of the ocean? Explore the world's oceans, take part in hands-on demonstrations, and touch real specimens. You will be surprised by what you learn about what lives in the deep! Create a model deep-sea animal model to take home.

 

Chinstrap penguin walking on the ground

Mystery of the Penguin Feather
How might a penguin feather end up on a San Francisco beach? Join us in addressing a scientific mystery, using Science on a Sphere. Explore the world of penguins and ocean currents, take part in hands-on demonstrations, and touch real specimens – then create your own art project to take home!

 

The People-Planet-Progress Predicament
Progress is a good thing, right? It can be, but what people do leaves footprints on the Earth. This program explores how human invention impacts our planet, including population, resource use, and more. Try fun experiments and activities.

Science On a Sphere programs are live presentations. Each show involves presenter-audience interactions and opportunities to do hands-on activities. School programs are approximately 1 hour in length, unless otherwise noted.

Making a Reservation

To make a program reservation for your school or for more information, please call 517-432-1472.

  • School programs are typically offered Monday-Friday 9:30AM-2:30PM.
  • SOS programs may be added on to general field trip visits. Please allow 2 hours for an SOS program + self-guided Museum experience.
  • See "Program Options" below for grade recommendations. It may be possible to adapt programs for different grade/age levels. Please contact us to discuss options.

Program Cost

Student admission for PreK-12 school programs is $2.00 ($40.00 minimum charge). Up to 8 teachers and chaperones will be admitted free with each show. Additional adults may pay the $2.00 student rate. Please arrange your payment method when making your reservation.

Program Options

Globe overlaid with red, green, yellow, and blue colors to show carbon emissions

Climate Clues: Visualizing Climate Change
Best for Grades 3-5
Find clues about climate! Discover the Earth’s human and climate systems, how they interact, and how MSU researchers are developing new technologies to combat climate change. Take part in hands-on demonstrations, activities, and art making.
MI Science Standards: K-ESS3-3, 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-4

Deep sea riftia woms

Life Without Sunlight
Best for Grades K-5
What's living at the bottom of the ocean? Explore the world's oceans, take part in hands-on demonstrations, and touch real specimens. You will be surprised by what you learn about what lives in the deep! Create a model deep-sea animal model to take home.
MI Science Standards: 2-LS4-1, 4-ESS2-2, 5-PS3-1, DCI: ESS2-B

Chinstrap penguin walking on the ground

Mystery of the Penguin Feather
Best for Grades 6-8
How might a penguin feather end up on a San Francisco beach? Join us in addressing a scientific mystery, using Science On a Sphere. Explore the world of penguins and ocean currents, take part in hands-on demonstrations, and touch real specimens – then create your own art project to take home!
MI Science Standards: MS-ESS2-6, DCI: ESS2.D

The People-Planet-Progress Predicament
Best for Grades 3-8
Progress is a good thing, right? It can be, but what people do leaves footprints on the Earth. This program explores how human invention impacts our planet, including population, resource use, and more. Try fun experiments and activities.
MI Science Standards: K-ESS3-3, 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-4
MI Social Studies Standards Themes: H1, G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6

Waxing gibbous moon

Phases of the Moon
Best for Preschool-Grade 1, 30-45 minutes
The moon does not always look the same from Earth! Have fun learning about how what we see in the night sky changes with the story of Marcella the Duck.
MI Early Learning Expectations in Science: 1, 3
MI Science Standards: 1-ESS1-1
MI Social Studies Standards Theme: G5

 

Contact Stephanie Palagyi for more information (museum[at]msu.edu)

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