Become a Michigan Science Center Volunteer!


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


5020 John R StreetDetroit, MI 48202


We have SIX New Volunteer Trainings a year and these are the ONLY times you can join as a Volunteer. Our next is Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM.


What do Volunteers do?

Volunteers help in a variety of ways out on our exhibit floor and learning spaces, within our office, at special events, and outside of the Science Center at Traveling Science outreach events.

Some of the main areas volunteers are found:

  • Spark!Lab: Volunteers in Spark!Lab facilitate inquiry-based discovery at a variety of hands-on activity stations; using creative methods to inspire and encourage children’s and family’s interest in the invention process. Spark!Lab, developed by the Smithsonian Institution opened at the Michigan Science Center on Saturday, April 2, with support from Ford Motor Company. Innovation and creativity are at the heart of Spark!Lab’s interactive science experiments and educational experiences. Detroit's is only the 5th Spark!Lab in the nation and the first in the Midwest. This space is led by inspiring volunteers who help children create their own unique inventions.
  • Kidstown: Volunteer in Kidstown, our specialized learning area for children ages 5 and under! Imagine a place where young children can be veterinarians, test the laws of physics in a field house, learn about mixtures and solutions in a kitchen of their very own diner, or just splash, crawl and play. That place is Kids Town, a gallery just for pint-sized scientists ages 5 and under. Kids Town features engaging activities organized into a child-scaled "town" where little ones can develop their social and motor skills while exploring the basic science concepts we encounter every day. Volunteers aid with programming designed to foster positive attitudes toward science and build the foundation for more sophisticated learning.
  • Exhibit Galleries including the Lower Level and Main Level which feature exhibits such as plasma globes, a Focault pendulum, etc.
  • Traveling Science Program
  • Special Events including our After Dark series
  • Hands-on Activities including Nano Days activities including Heat Transfer, Kinetic Sand , Powers of Ten Game , Nano Sand , You Decide ,
    Mystery Shapes , I Spy , Gravity, Scented Balloons , Sunblock , Thin Films

What recognition do volunteers receive?

  • There is no minimum volunteering time requirement but we encourage at least 4 hours a month.
  • Volunteers at the Michigan Science Center earn Element Pins for volunteering 50, 100, or 200 hours in a calendar year. Volunteers who reach these levels of hours also have their name displayed on a Wall of Names right next our donors.
  • Volunteers who do 50 hours in a year earn a Family Membership to MiSci and a basic membership to all ASTC Science Centers in the United States.
  • Volunteers of the Month earn a prime parking spot, and have a photo and blog post by them featured on our website and Facebook. They also receive exclusive event invitations.
  • The Michigan Science Center (MiSci), is a 501c3 nonprofit, with a mission to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math in a creative, dynamic learning environment. We just celebrated our fourth anniversary and grow with your invaluable help.


  • STEM

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 50 Hours a Year
  • $15.00 background check cost for 18 and up, probationary period

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