Science on Saturday

Science on Saturday

Please join us for Science on Saturday, a fun and exciting program for both students and adults. Experience “Thinking and Acting Like a Scientist.” Science on Saturday is for students who have not participated in the Van Andel Education Institute Out-of-School-Time Cohort Program. Adults fully participate in all program activities. 

1st and 2nd Grade Sessions:

Explorations at a Species Level: Learn about animals using your senses and scientific tools to make careful observations of the organisms living at Van Andel Education Institute. Plus, take one of the organisms home with you! 

Saturday, March 24, 2018: 9:00 – 10:30 am (session 1 sold out)

Saturday, March 24, 2018: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Click here to register for session 2.

Saturday, April 28, 2018: 9:00 – 10:30 am (sold out)

3rd and 4th Grade Sessions:

Explorations of Species Survival: See, touch, and investigate a variety of animals, from insects to bearded dragons and discover what they need to survive. Make a model habitat to take home. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018: 9:00 – 11:00 am Click here to register.

Dates for Fall 2018 coming soon!

5th and 6th Grade Sessions:

Explorations of a Food Web and Owl Pellets: Investigate energy flow through a food web by observing the eating preference of organisms. Dissect an owl pellet to learn where an owl’s energy comes from and construct a bone diagram to take home. 

Saturday, February, 24, 2018: 9:00 – 11:30 am Click here to register.

Dates for Fall 2018 coming soon!

7th and 8th Grade Sessions:

Explorations at the Whole Organism, Cellular & DNA Level: Observe and learn to handle the plants and animals at Van Andel Education Institute as you explore whole organisms, cells and DNA! Make a DNA necklace to take home. 

Saturday, February, 10, 2018: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Click here to register

Dates for Fall 2018 coming soon!


Van Andel Education Institute
216 N. Division Ave.
Grand Rapids, 49503


$20.00 total per team (student and adult).
Scholarships available for students eligible for reduced lunch. 

Please note, there is a minimum requirement of 5 teams for a session to take place. Space is limited to 14 teams per session. Contact us at or 616.234.5528 for more information.