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Homeschool Science Programs

Homeschool Science
For Members Only
$150 per session, three classes per session
Maximum 20 students per session
Registration coming soon

The Exploratorium Homeschool Science Program offers exciting, hands-on workshops for Bay Area families. Students explore topics through hands-on activities, exhibit exploration, contributions from experienced teachers, and Internet links for going further. Homeschool Science workshops are offered at two levels that differ in approach and depth while covering the same broad topic.

Level 1
Geared toward the younger student, Level 1 provides a basic foundation in the topic area. Adult participation (at no additional cost) enhances the experience and helps students stay focused. Students younger than age 6 are accepted with teacher approval.

Level 2
Designed with the middle school student in mind, Level 2 provides a deeper examination of the topic area. Adult participation is not required unless the student needs assistance or guidance. Students younger than age 11 are accepted with teacher approval.

For assistance in placing students in appropriate levels, please contact us at lifelong.learning@exploratorium.edu.


Homeschool Exhibit-Based Workshops for Teens
For Members Only
$150 per session
Registration coming soon

These workshops, designed for teens ages 13 to 16, offer an opportunity to explore one topic in depth by interacting with museum exhibits and making their own discoveries. The workshop culminates in a synthesis activity that allows students to share what they’ve learned from the process of inquiry. Participants have time to explore the exhibits before the museum opens.

Classes are on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Fall 2014 Series
Level 1 & 2: Wednesdays from noon to 3:00 p.m.
Teens: Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

October
Electricity & Magnetism

Electricity and magnetism have a lot in common. They both reach out through empty space to attract and repel, they both have opposite polarities and, in both cases, opposites attract and similars repel. Join us as we investigate this connection with a wide variety of hands-on activities as well as our excellent collection of exhibits.

Levels 1 & 2: Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29
Teens: Fridays, October 17, 24, 31

November
Waves & Resonance

Resonance provides the beauty of music, the efficiency of lasers, and is also responsible for some spectacular destruction. This series of classes will explore the nature of waves through experiments with pendulums, strings, and lasers. We’ll ask questions, test ideas, and make predictions and will keep track of our discoveries and explain what we observe. 

Levels 1 & 2: Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19
Teens: Fridays, November 7, 14, 21

December
​Light & Color

We’ll investigate the connection between light and color as physical properties and as perceptual sensations. Refraction, reflection, and diffraction will come into focus as we experiment with lights, lenses, mirrors, and filters in our room then move onto the museum floor to explore related exhibits.  

Levels 1 & 2 Wednesdays December 3, 10, 17
Teens Fridays December 5, 12, 19

To participate in these workshops, all students must complete a media/photo consent form and a medical release form.  


Winter 2015 Series
This winter, we’ll offer more homeschool classes on the following dates. Please watch this page for details. 

January
Levels 1 & 2: Wednesday, January 28
Teens: Friday, January 30

February
Levels 1 & 2: Wednesdays, February 4, 11
Teens: Fridays, February 6, 13

March
Levels 1 & 2: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18
Teens: Fridays, March 6, 13, 20

May
Levels 1 & 2: Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20
Teens: Fridays, May 8, 15, 22

To participate in these workshops, all students must complete a media/photo consent form and a medical release form.