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Homeschool Science Programs

For Members Only

$150 per session, three classes per session

Maximum 20 students per session

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.

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

Level A:  Ages 7–11

Young students engage in hands-on activities with expert facilitation to explore foundational concepts in different scientific content areas. Adult participation is encouraged to enhance the experience (there is no additional fee for an adult).

Level B : Ages 12–16

Designed for teens, these workshops offer an opportunity to explore science content in greater depth through inquiry-based learning. Exploratorium exhibits drive the curriculum. The workshop culminates in a synthesis activity that allows students to  report out the results of their inquiries and share their processes. Students are encouraged to come before class to explore exhibits before the museum is open to the public.

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


Fall 2014 Series

Level A: Wednesdays from noon to 3:00 p.m.
Level B: Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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.

Level A: Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29 Register →

Level B: Fridays, October 17, 24, 31 Register →

Waves & Resonance
Resonance provides the beauty of music, 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. Participants will ask questions, test ideas, and make predictions, keeping track of their discoveries and explaining what they observe.

Level A: Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 Register →

Level B: Fridays, November 7, 14, 21 Register →

Light & Color
Explore the connection between light and color as physical properties and as perceptual sensations. Refraction, reflection, and diffraction will come into focus as participants  experiment in the classroom with lights, lenses, mirrors, and filters, and through time spent on the museum floor investigating the interactive exhibits.

Level A Wednesdays December 3, 10, 17 Register →

Level B: Fridays December 5, 12, 19 Register →


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



The dates have been set for the following workshops, but the topics are still being determined. We’ll post more information soon.

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

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

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

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.