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Homeschool Science Programs

 

Homeschool Science

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.

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 homeschool@exploratorium.edu.

 

Spring 2014 Series

Classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3:00 p.m.

February

Living Systems

Level 1
Our new home on the bay is the perfect place to study the biology right outside our door. Starting with the cell, the basic unit of structure for all living things, students will explore the complexity of life. Tissues, organs, systems, and organisms as well as aquatic and terrestrial examples of communities, habitats and ecosystems will be examined first hand by observing, experimenting and even dissecting!

Tuesdays: February 4, 11, 18 Register →

Wednesdays: February 5, 12, and 19 Register →

Level 2
All living things are composed of cells, but what are the fundamental processes that are necessary for life? Students will take a deep dive into the internal structures and functions of the cell and then explore the cellular processes by which we define life.

Tuesdays: February 4, 11, 18 Register →

Wednesdays: February 5, 12, and 19 Register →

 

March

Tinkering

Level 1
Tinkering is thinking with your hands so be prepared for lots of making! We will experiment with electricity & circuits to discover some fundamental rules, learn about mechanisms as we tinker with motion & linkages, and use what we have discovered to build machines that do fun things. Throughout every activity students will change one thing at a time and evaluate the effect of that change.

Tuesdays: March 11, 18, 25 Register →

Wednesdays: March 12, 19, and 26 Register →

Level 2
Tinkering - once defined as "attempting to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way, often to no useful effect". Nowadays, tinkering is associated with making, creating and exploring - using common materials in uncommon ways. Taking inspiration from the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, over three class sessions, students will build their own contraptions rooted in three areas: motion and mechanisms, electric circuits, and light and shadow.

Tuesdays: March 11, 18, 25 Register →

Wednesdays: March 12, 19, and 26 Register →

May

Human Phenomena

Level 1
Humans are social creatures. We communicate, live in groups, learn from each other and benefit from cooperation. Our unique exhibit collection and a lot of fun activities will help us explore the interesting traits common to us all.

Tuesdays: May 6, 13, and 20 Register →

Wednesdays: May 7, 14, 21 Register →

Level 2
Humans think, feel and interact, and these phenomena are all open to scientific investigation and creative exploration. Students will play with social interactions, observe others and contribute their reflections in this series of sessions.

Tuesdays: May 6, 13, and 20 Register →

Wednesdays: May 7, 14, 21 Register →

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

 

Homeschool Exhibit-Based Workshops for Teens

For Members Only
$150 per session

These workshops, designed for teens ages 13 to 16, offer them the opportunity to explore one topic in depth by interacting with museum exhibits to make their own discoveries. The workshop culminates in a synthesis activity that allows students to share what they 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.

February

Living Systems

The San Francisco Bay estuary provides an opportunity to examine stability and change in the cycles of matter and energy in this complex ecosystem. Students will meet with the laboratory staff that develop and maintain our Living Systems exhibit collection and learn how to collect, view and analyze samples from the bay.

February 7, 14, and 21 Register →

March

Tinkering

If Curiosity is the mother of invention then Tinkering is the mother of innovation. After visiting our machine shop talking with exhibit developers, studying our exhibit fabrication process, students will translate thinking with their hands to the necessary problem solving skills needed to meet engineering challenges.

March 14, 21, and 28 Register →

May

Human Phenomena

Playing and evaluating games through the lens of Behaviorism will allow student to explore interesting phenomena common to all humans. Exhibits from our collection that explore superstition, memory, altruism and communication will serve as stepping off point for these sessions. One part psychology, one part critical thinking, and a liberal dose of curiosity is the recipe we'll follow as we mine the mind.

May 9, 16, and 23 Register →

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