For Teachers

From astronomy to zoology, and from kindergarten to 12th grade, the University's colleges, divisions and departments offer today's teachers a broad array of programs for instructional support, classroom activity and enhanced educational experiences.

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Actuarial Science Presentations

Faculty and students from the Actuarial Department visit area high schools to give presentations about actuarial science and careers in the field.

Phone: (734) 764-0335
Web: math.lsa.umich.edu/research/actuarial/
Email: math-grad-office@umich.edu

Animal Diversity Web

Kingdom Animalia comes to the Internet with the Animal Diversity Web, a collection of information about mammals, birds, amphibians and the like. Animals' physical characteristics, natural history, geographic range and classification are included.

Web: animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu

America Reads Tutoring Corps

America Reads tutors work in Detroit Public Schools where they provide literacy support services and serve as engaged members of school communities. 

Phone: (734) 647-7402
Web: ginsberg.umich.edu/students/literacy/americareads
Email: ginsberginfo@umich.edu

Astronomy Outreach Program

Graduate students in astronomy travel to schools to show how they study and explore the universe. Classroom demonstrations and hands-on experiences are included, along with slides of most recent astronomical discoveries. Programs are tailored to elementary and secondary school learning levels.

Phone: (734) 764-3440
Web: lsa.umich.edu/astro/eventsoutreach/publicoutreach/features
Email: astroweb@umich.edu

The Center for Japanese Studies

The Center for Japanese Studies K-14 educational materials, resources, and educator events provide teachers and students with a means to explore Japanese culture and language, while developing an understanding of its significance within a global context.

Phone: (734) 764-6307
Web: ii.umich.edu/cjs/resources/teacherstudentresources/
Email: umcjs@umich.edu

German Day

German Day draws high school German students and teachers to a day of competition and fun, including extemporaneous speaking, poetry recitation, poster projects, skits, musical performances and video production. It is sponsored each March by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Phone: (734) 764-8018
Web: lsa.umich.edu/german/aboutus/germanday
Email: german.day@umich.edu

Great Lakes Education Program

Students and teachers are exposed to the vast dimensions of the Great Lakes through this program offered by Michigan Sea Grant. The program, which takes place in the classroom and on the water, teaches people about the Great Lakes, other water resources and public stewardship.

Phone: (734) 764-0767
Web: miseagrant.umich.edu/great-lakes-education-program/
Email: elzblap@umich.edu

Highly Interactive Computing in Education

Hi-Ce's mission is to help middle and high school students achieve deeper levels of understanding about science and the inquiry process. It works with students, teachers and administrators to make science education more meaningful to students. Services include curriculum development, professional development and new technology tools.

Web: hi-ce.org/index.html
Email: info@hi-ce.org

Interactive Communications and Simulations

The School of Education offers interactive, student-centered telecommunications projects that link classrooms around the world. Middle and high school students from more than 400 schools in 30 countries are involved in curricular activities that include current affairs to poetry.

Phone: (734) 763-5950
Web: ics.soe.umich.edu/
Email: stanz@umich.edu

Internet Public Library

Developed by students and faculty of the School of Information, IPL provides library services to the Internet community. Students can learn and share ideas about what librarians have to contribute in a digital environment. Its divisions include Reference, Youth and Teen.

Web: ipl.org/
Email: http://www.ipl.org/div/contact/

K-12 Great Lakes Learning Activities

Order science kits containing experiments, games, stories and other hand-on activities for learning about Invasive Aquatic Species, or borrow a kit containing museum-quality preserved specimens, books, video, lessons and much more.

Phone: (734) 763-1437
Web: miseagrant.umich.edu/education/
Email: elzblap@umich.edu

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Educational Outreach

The Museum sponsors an active educational outreach program that includes tours of its galleries, special behind-the-scenes glimpses into the ancient world and 16 traveling educational kits to bring "civilization in a crate" to the classroom. The Museum also offers tours to all grade levels, both guided visit and special interactive presentations.

Phone: (734) 647.0441
Web: lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/publicprograms/civilizationsinacrate
Email: cperson@umich.edu

Kids Go Blue Club

Committed to continuing support for the "Champions of the West," the Kids Go Blue Club is an all-sports fan club just for young people (children 13 and under), allowing them to enjoy the excitement of Michigan men's and women's athletic events. The membership includes a membership card, quarterly newsletters, free admission to regular season home events (excluding football, men's basketball and ice hockey), and opportunities for special birthday parties before these athletic events.

Phone: (734) 763-4287
Web: mgoblue.com/kidsclub/
Email: kidsgoblue@umich.edu

Michigan Math and Science Scholars Summer Program

The Michigan Math and Science Scholars program is designed to offer a pre-college experience exposing students to a breadth of curriculums offered at the University of Michigan while introducing high school students to current developments and research in the sciences. The program is open to any high school rising sophomore, junior or, senior from around the world! Two 2-week sessions are offered; students are given the opportunity to attend one or both sessions. 

Phone: (734) 647-4466
Web: math.lsa.umich.edu/mmss/
Email: mmss@umich.edu

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Student tours of Matthaei Botanical Gardens typically last 45 minutes and feature different themes, all designed around the Ann Arbor Public Schools' science curriculum. Pre-trip class preparation is encouraged for the tours, which are tailored to specific K-12 levels. After school and overnight scout programs also are offered at the Gardens.

Phone: (734) 647-7600
Web: lsa.umich.edu/mbg/

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Public Outreach Program

The program's focus is on enhancing science literacy among students through a series of activities, including conferences, workshops, publications, lecture series, non-technical courses, science fairs and radio and television programs.

Phone: (734) 764-9508
Web: mi.spacegrant.org/index.php?page=funding-opportunities
Email: blbryant@umich.edu

Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Multi Media Resources: Digital Images, website resources and materials, podcasts and Interactive Communications & Simulations are provided for Elementary, Middle, High School and College level for researchers, teachers, students and the community.

Phone: (734) 647-4143
Web: ii.umich.edu/cmenas/resources/
Email: cmenas@umich.edu

Museum of Art

In March 2009, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) completed a transformative expansion and restoration project, allowing many more works from its outstanding collections of European, American, Asian, African, and modern and contemporary art to be on view. This exciting development allows for many innovative uses for teaching and research.

Teachers often choose to tie an exhibition or a particular piece of art to their curriculum and may ask for a tour with a specific focus. Young students interact with the Museum in small groups and feel free to ask questions and to speak out. They discover their own relationship with the art and make it meaningful to their lives.

Phone: (734) 764-0395
Web: umma.umich.edu/education/k-12.html
Email: umma-tours@umich.edu

Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is proud of the educational opportunities we provide to schools, the University community, and other community groups. The Museum features exhibits on prehistoric life, including the largest collection of dinosaurs in Michigan. Other exhibits showcase Michigan wildlife, Native Americans, anthropology, geology and astronomy. There are also seasonally changing planetarium shows, educational programs, guided tours, workshops, exhibit openings, lectures and special event

Phone: (734) 764.0478
Web: lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/educators
Email: UMMNHFeedback@umich.edu

Nichols Arboretum

The Arb is the University's 123-acre environmental jewel. Discover, learn, and play all fall and winter on our trails and in the Gaffield Children's Garden. Adventure backpacks filled with activities are also available for use during regular business hours from the front desk. In addition to exploring outside on your own, we have several special kids' workshops and group programs.

Phone: (734) 647-7600
Web: lsa.umich.edu/mbg/learn/YouthPrograms.asp
Email form:http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/about/contact.asp?subject=learning

Outreach to Your Classroom

The Museum of Natural History offers outreach programs to bring science into your classroom. Content is flexible and can be coordinated with your classroom material and modified to fit a given audience.

Changing Landforms - Grades 2 - 6

Fabulous Fossils - Grades 2 - 4

Changing Earth: Inside the Earth - Grades 4 - 6

Rock Detectives - Grades 2 - 6

River Residency - Stream Table Simulation Workshops

Phone: (734) 764-0480
Web: lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/educators/schoolandgroupprograms/outreachtoschools
Email: mlinke@umich.edu

Planetarium Shows

Tthe Museum of Natural History Planetarium offers a variety of engaging programs for students. Elements of the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations are addressed in most of our programs. A second set of group programs called “Full Dome Experiences” takes advantage of our new digital projection technology to offer your students unique explorations. A special Saturday morning time slot for group programs is reserved for community groups such as scouts.

Phone: (734) 764-0480
Web:lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/educators/schoolandgroupprograms/planetariumgroupprograms
Email: mlinke@umich.edu

Saturday Morning Physics

The Department of Physics offers free public multimedia presentations on a variety of basic and cutting edge physics topics. No previous science education is necessary to participate in this popular program.

Phone: (734) 764-4437
Web: lsa.umich.edu/physics/events/saturdaymorningphysics/
Email: physics@umich.edu

Teen Volunteer Program

Teenagers 14 and older who are interested in health care careers can volunteer at the U-M Health System up to four hours per week during the academic year and/or summer. Opportunities range from pediatrics to geriatrics, from patient visitation to physical therapy, and from the library cart to the art cart.

Web: med.umich.edu/volunteer/
Phone: (734) 936-4327
Email: UMHS.Volunteer@umich.edu

Yost Ice Arena

The U-M Athletic Department's Yost Ice Arena provides yearround programs for young people, including learn-to-skate classes, youth hockey clinics, parent-and-tot skates and public skating seven days a week.

Web: yost.ath.umich.edu/programs.htm
Email: yostice@umich.edu