For Educators

Simply put, we love teachers! And we know they want to create classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive. So, we help them do just that!

Professional Development

Flex PD

A comprehensive, yet affordable, PD model that promotes tangible shifts in practice, and is robustly supported by research and teachers. Customize your PD plan with your choice of workshops, sessions, and coaching. Build the plan that meets YOUR needs!

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Free Webinars

Questions on content? Problems with project-based learning? Mulling motivational strategies? We’re here to help. Register for our upcoming webinars to connect with fellow K–12 educators and learn more about the latest strategies for increasing classroom engagement.

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Science on the Grand

Explore teaching strategies and network with like-minded educators! Our STEAM conference for inquiry-based Instruction showers participants with information, entertainment, and well-deserved admiration!

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Instructional Tools

Blue Apple™

Be the teacher your students will never forget! Our Inquiry-based projects and PD help you deliver memorable learning experiences and develop a rich classroom culture.

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NexGen Inquiry®

Inspire the next generation of innovators! Our inquiry-based science tools and PD empower you and your students to think and act like actual scientists.

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Field Trips

Classroom Field Trips

Bring your students to Van Andel Institute for an inquiry-based Field Trip in science, engineering, or robotics at our world-class Grand Rapids facility. Some of our most popular field trips can also be brought to your classroom or even be done virtually.

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Curiosity on Wheels

Bring a hands-on STEM/STEAM experience right to your school with Curiosity on Wheels. We will bring the materials and the science to your school, creating an educational experience your students will never forget.

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Customized Science Experiences

We can create a virtual science experience that meets your time and content needs. Through hands-on investigations, students will ask questions, investigate and discover answers using scientific methods, tools and resources.

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High School Journal Club

HSJC brings students, their teachers, and scientists together in a forum for scientific discourse. Emulating the practice of VAI scientists, participants learn to collaborate and read, analyze, present, and discuss scientific journal articles in a format that is easily applied in the classroom.

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Teacher Appreciation

Caught Being Awesome

Each month, we celebrate teachers who are doing awesome things in their classrooms.

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Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence

Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence recognizes outstanding teachers who exemplify hard work and dedication to their students and who create classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive.

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