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Van Andel Education Institute welcomes you!
Did you know Van Andel Education Institute offers engaging science and engineering opportunities for students and teachers in the Grand Rapids area and across the nation? Come see what everyone is talking about for yourself!
Rekindle your childhood curiosity as you stroll through VAEI’s animal habitats, observe memorable science demonstrations and engage in your own engineering challenges! Bring the family and enjoy an evening of curiosity, hosted by VAEI — a world leader in creating classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive.
This event is family friendly and open to curious minds of all ages!
Explore the amazing world of animal senses. Kids will observe and handle creatures with extraordinary eyes, fantastic feelers, and other sense-ational senses.
Create unique rainbow patterns and designs that change color in the sunlight. Kids will learn the concept of thin film interference with this fun paper craft experiment.
Cell Membrane Mania!
Discover how viruses make their way into cell membranes! Kids will experiment with bubbles to see if they can find a way inside without bursting the bubble.
Shake, Shake, Shake!
Think and act like an engineer to build a structure that can withstand a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. Kids will put their design to the test on our earthquake shake table.
Can You Dig It?
Explore the amazing world of fossils. Kids will think and act like paleontologists as they experiment with fossils.
Love’s Ice Cream
Strawberry Gelato, Cookies and Cream, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Malt and Fresh Mint Chip
Fun flavored shaved ice
Let Us Cater featuring Yesterdog
Hot dogs and buns with toppings, including Yesterdog chili, pickles, onions, cheese, mustard, ketchup and Tabasco
Gourmet bite-sized pizzas
Margherita, Four Cheese, Pepperoni and Meat Lovers
Suggested parking is in the Ellis Lot at 210 Ionia Ave NW or at another nearby surface lot. Click here to find more about parking availability in the area.
Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.