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Science Is Fun Cruise

Pricing and Departure Times

Mercury’s Science is Fun Cruise - 90-minutes - Departing Monday - Wednesday at 10am & 11:30am, April 28 - October 8, 2014.

School Groups of 20 or more - Students $12 (recommended for Middle & High Schoolers) | Adults $12

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About the Science is Fun Cruise

Fun experiments, slimy creatures and skyline views make for an unforgettable classroom experience.

Your class or summer camp group is invited to join Professor Mercury on a 90-minute science adventure as young scientists aboard Mercury's "Science Is Fun Cruise", a NEW educational cruise returning back to Chicago's waterways for 2014.

Students will develop hypotheses to questions posed by Professer Mercury and then will conduct interactive experiments to determine if their hyphotheses were correct. Questions include:

1.    Which is cleaner - Lake Michigan or the Chicago River?
2.    How does a heavy boat float?
3.    Does it take a lot of power to make Chicago's bridges move?
4.    How can we stop the spread of invasive species?
5.    How does a skyscraper stand up to gravity?

In addition to engaging in interesting science experiments, students will learn about the history of the Chicago River, the importance of the Chicago Lock which regulates the flow of water between Lake Michigan and the Chicago River and other interesting tales of the city. Not to mention the cruise is jam-packed with amazing views of the city that you won't find in just any classroom - an experience your students will not soon forget! Be sure to bring your cameras!

Students aboard the Science Is Fun Cruise maiden voyage on April 29, 2013.

See photos on our Facebook page from our first Science Is Fun Cruise on April 29, 2013.

Contact Us

For more information, to inquire about rates or to reserve a Mercury Science Is Fun Cruise, email us at grouptours@mercurycruises.com or call 312-332-1368. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

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Press Release - Science is Fun Cruise

Young passengers hoist water buckets, float balloons, play with seesaws all for fun and learning 

Hoisting water buckets; floating inflated balloons; playing with a seesaw and checking out slimy creatures are all part of the “Science is Fun” Cruise aboard Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline. Perfect for school groups and summer camps with fun on-board experiments that will explore the Chicago River, its buildings and bridges during the 90-minute cruise on Chicago's waterways.


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Science is Fun Brochure

“Professor Mercury” leads the school children, teachers, campers and leaders in a series of experiments using the Scientific Method of: research question, hypothesis, experiment and conclusion. 

The Science is Fun tour program fulfills specific Illinois “Core Curriculum” for in Math and Science as well as addressing the needs of the NextGen Science “Core Concepts”. 

 


This Season's Participants

The Learning Center

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
08-12-2014 8.5 Clean 73.6 Slightly Stinky Sunny Chicago River
08-12-2014 8.79 Clear 65.5 Odorless Sunny Lake Michigan

Young Scientists, IIT & North Carolina

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
07-23-2014 8.6 Clear with dirt specs 67.9 Neutral Sunny Chicago River
07-23-2014 8.88 Bubbles 56.6 Clean Sunny Lake Michigan

Rondout School

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
07-15-2014 8.3 Cloudy 58.1 Old Fish Partly Cloudy Chicago River
07-15-2014 8.8 Brown Specs 63 Regular Water Sunny Lake Michigan

Hawaiian Underwater Robotics Team

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
06-30-2014 9.1 Clear 76 No scent Partly Cloudy Chicago River
06-30-2014 9.2 Clearer than River 57 No scent Partly Cloudy Lake Michigan

Queen of Angels

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
06-24-2014 8.78 Foggy, cloudy 65.9 Sugary, chlorine Sunny Chicago River
06-24-2014 8.66 Clear, blue 66.8 Juice, funny Sunny Lake Michigan

Northwest Middle School

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
06-12-2014 8.4 Clear 62 Slightly fishy Sunny Chicago River
06-12-2014 9.15 Clear 51 Slightly fishy Sunny Lake Michigan

Mannheim Middle School (Northlake, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
04-28-2014 8.52 Little Cloudy 32 None / Very Little Cloudy Chicago River
04-28-2014 8.1 Slightly Cloudy 60.6 "Sweet" Smell Cloudy Lake Michigan

The Children's School (Chicago, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
09-09-2013 6.2 Cloudy 79 Good Sunny Chicago River
09-09-2013 6.2 Clear 73.5 Too Bad Sunny Chicago Lock
09-09-2013 6.0 Cloudy 71 Nasty Sunny Lake Michigan

Lycee Francais de Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
08-20-2013 6.0 Cloudy 82.5 Gross Sunny Chicago River
08-20-2013 6.0 Cloudier than Wolf Point 78.7 Very Bad - Worse than Wolf Point Sunny Chicago Lock
08-20-2013 6.2 Clear 77.4 Clean Sunny Lake Michigan

Collins Group (NW Side)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
07-02-2013 6.4 Slightly Milky 81.5 Smells Like Algee Sunny Chicago River
07-20-2013 6.0 Slightly Milky 79 Smells Like Algee Sunny Chicago Lock
07-02-2013 6.0 Cleaner 79.4 Cleaner Sunny Lake Michigan

Restoration Ministries - Delean Group

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
06/28/2013 6.4 Slightly Cloudy 70 Gross Sunny Chicago River
06-28-2013 6.6 Slightly Cloudy 68 Paint Sunny Chicago Lock
06-28-2013 6.2 Pretty Clear 60 No Odor Sunny Lake Michigan

Lake Forest Open Lands (Lake Forest, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
06-26-2013 6.4 Clear 74.8 OK Partly Cloudy Chicago River
06-26-2013 6.0 Slightly Cloudy 67.2 OK Partly Cloudy Chicago Lock
06-26-2013 6.2 Clear 66.9 OK Mostly Sunny Lake Michigan

St. John the Evangelist (Chicago, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
05-29-2013 6.2 Cloudy 68 Little Gross Cloudy Chicago River
05-29-2013 6.0 Cloudy 67 Bad Cloudy Chicago Lock
05-29-2013 6.2 Clear 67 Odorless Mostly Sunny Lake Michigan

Illinois Lutheran (Crete, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
06-02-2013 6.0 Looks Cloudy 75 Smells Terrible Sunny Chicago River
06-02-2013 6.2 Looks a Little Clearer 87 Smells a Little Better Sunny Chicago Lock
06-02-2013 6.2 Looks Clear 65.2 Cleaner Sunny Lake Michigan

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran (Chicago, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
06-04-2013 6.2 A little cloudy 63.2 No smell Mostly Sunny Chicago River
06-04-2013 6.2 Clear 65.6 No smell Sunny Chicago Lock
06-04-2013 6.0 Cloudy 74 No smell Sunny Lake Michigan

St. Hyacinth Basilica School (Chicago, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
05-22-2013 6.2 Dirty, Cloudy, Green Tint 69.6 Plastic, Smells Bad Light Rain Chicago River
05-22-2013 6.2 Cloudy 68.6 Odorless Cloudy Chicago Lock
05-22-2013 6.2 Grey, Less Cloudy 58.6 Odorless Cloudy Lake Michigan

Wheatland Center School (Burlington, WI)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
05-13-2013 6.0 Very Cloudy 51 Nasty Sunny Chicago River
05-13-2013 6.2 Cloudy 54 Cleaner Sunny Chicago Lock
05-13-2013 6.0 Less Coudy 33 Not Bad Sunny Lake Michigan

Battle Creek Academy (Battle Creek, MI) & San Miguel Schools (Chicago, IL)

Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
04-29-2013 6.4 Cloudy 60 No odor Sunny Chicago River
04-29-2013 6.2 Cloudy 56.9 Stinkier Sunny Chicago Lock
04-29-2013 6.2 Clear 49 Lake smell Sunny Lake Michigan

This Season's Total Results

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Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location
08-12-2014 8.5 Clean 73.6 Slightly Stinky Sunny Chicago River
08-12-2014 8.79 Clear 65.5 Odorless Sunny Lake Michigan
07-23-2014 8.6 Clear with dirt specs 67.9 Neutral Sunny Chicago River
07-23-2014 8.88 Bubbles 56.6 Clean Sunny Lake Michigan
07-15-2014 8.3 Cloudy 58.1 Old Fish Partly Cloudy Chicago River
07-15-2014 8.8 Brown Specs 63 Regular Water Sunny Lake Michigan
06-30-2014 9.1 Clear 76 No scent Partly Cloudy Chicago River
06-30-2014 9.2 Clearer than River 57 No scent Partly Cloudy Lake Michigan
06-24-2014 8.78 Foggy, cloudy 65.9 Sugary, chlorine Sunny Chicago River
06-24-2014 8.66 Clear, blue 66.8 Juice, funny Sunny Lake Michigan
06-12-2014 8.4 Clear 62 Slightly fishy Sunny Chicago River
06-12-2014 9.15 Clear 51 Slightly fishy Sunny Lake Michigan
04-28-2014 8.52 Little Cloudy 32 None / Very Little Cloudy Chicago River
04-28-2014 8.1 Slightly Cloudy 60.6 "Sweet" Smell Cloudy Lake Michigan
09-09-2013 6.2 Cloudy 79 Good Sunny Chicago River
09-09-2013 6.2 Clear 73.5 Too Bad Sunny Chicago Lock
09-09-2013 6.0 Cloudy 71 Nasty Sunny Lake Michigan
08-20-2013 6.0 Cloudy 82.5 Gross Sunny Chicago River
08-20-2013 6.0 Cloudier than Wolf Point 78.7 Very Bad - Worse than Wolf Point Sunny Chicago Lock
08-20-2013 6.2 Clear 77.4 Clean Sunny Lake Michigan
07-02-2013 6.4 Slightly Milky 81.5 Smells Like Algee Sunny Chicago River
07-20-2013 6.0 Slightly Milky 79 Smells Like Algee Sunny Chicago Lock
07-02-2013 6.0 Cleaner 79.4 Cleaner Sunny Lake Michigan
06/28/2013 6.4 Slightly Cloudy 70 Gross Sunny Chicago River
06-28-2013 6.6 Slightly Cloudy 68 Paint Sunny Chicago Lock
06-28-2013 6.2 Pretty Clear 60 No Odor Sunny Lake Michigan
06-26-2013 6.4 Clear 74.8 OK Partly Cloudy Chicago River
06-26-2013 6.0 Slightly Cloudy 67.2 OK Partly Cloudy Chicago Lock
06-26-2013 6.2 Clear 66.9 OK Mostly Sunny Lake Michigan
05-29-2013 6.2 Cloudy 68 Little Gross Cloudy Chicago River
05-29-2013 6.0 Cloudy 67 Bad Cloudy Chicago Lock
05-29-2013 6.2 Clear 67 Odorless Mostly Sunny Lake Michigan
06-02-2013 6.0 Looks Cloudy 75 Smells Terrible Sunny Chicago River
06-02-2013 6.2 Looks a Little Clearer 87 Smells a Little Better Sunny Chicago Lock
06-02-2013 6.2 Looks Clear 65.2 Cleaner Sunny Lake Michigan
06-04-2013 6.2 A little cloudy 63.2 No smell Mostly Sunny Chicago River
06-04-2013 6.2 Clear 65.6 No smell Sunny Chicago Lock
06-04-2013 6.0 Cloudy 74 No smell Sunny Lake Michigan
05-22-2013 6.2 Dirty, Cloudy, Green Tint 69.6 Plastic, Smells Bad Light Rain Chicago River
05-22-2013 6.2 Cloudy 68.6 Odorless Cloudy Chicago Lock
05-22-2013 6.2 Grey, Less Cloudy 58.6 Odorless Cloudy Lake Michigan
05-13-2013 6.0 Very Cloudy 51 Nasty Sunny Chicago River
05-13-2013 6.2 Cloudy 54 Cleaner Sunny Chicago Lock
05-13-2013 6.0 Less Coudy 33 Not Bad Sunny Lake Michigan
04-29-2013 6.4 Cloudy 60 No odor Sunny Chicago River
04-29-2013 6.2 Cloudy 56.9 Stinkier Sunny Chicago Lock
04-29-2013 6.2 Clear 49 Lake smell Sunny Lake Michigan
Date PH Level Appearance Temp F Odor Weather Location