Student Programs

The Education Institute is dedicated to advancing and promoting science education and increasing the number of students who choose to pursue careers in science or science-related fields. Our programs build on the expertise of Van Andel Research Institute’s world-renowned scientists and Van Andel Education Institute’s expertise in curriculum and instruction. We hope to expand our student programs to support inquiry-based learning, and to ultimately have a national impact on science education.

Student Programs

Students learn to think and act like scientists by pursuing answers to the question, “How does our health depend on biodiversity?” Students investigate ecosystem diversity over the course of one year.

Students and teachers are immersed in learning life science through inquiry. They conduct investigations and participate in scientific discourse.

High School Journal Club brings students, their teachers, and scientists together in a forum for scientific discourse.

Through active engagement in scientific practices, students investigate species, ecosystem and genetic diversity over the course of three years.

Students and the adults in their lives experience science together in these one-day community programs held throughout the year.

Summer is a time for fun with friends, exploring interests and discovering new worlds! We offer a unique summer camp experience for 4th through 7th graders