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.
Please note that if your child does not fall within the stated age range you must receive permission from the instructor to sign your child up for that class. For assistance in placing students in appropriate levels, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Classes are on Wednesdays from noon to 3:00 p.m.
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.
Spring 2015 Series
Level A: Wednesdays from noon to 3:00 p.m.
Level B: Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Life & Energy
How do plants get energy from the sun? How do they use energy to grow—and what do the colors in sunlight have to do with it? It takes energy to run, jump, think, and play; how does your body do it? We'll dissect different kinds of plants and see what's happening inside them as well as explore energy use in the human system. We'll explore everything from colors to chlorophyll and calories to cardiac zones, and learn about the energy in food as well as the chemistry of cooking.
Level A: Wednesdays, January 28, February 4 and 11
Level B: Fridays, January 30, February 6 and 11
Step into the world of momentum and collisions as we construct ramps and use marbles and steel balls, and take Newton's laws a step further as we look at moving objects and describe them mathematically. We'll see how we can apply these concepts to exhibits on the museum floor, and we'll investigate mechanical engineering through explorations of simple machines, a simple machine scavenger hunt in the museum, and by deconstructing real engines and getting our hands dirty.
Level A: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, and 18
Level B: Fridays, March 6, 13, and 20
Energy in nature can be very powerful. Could the flight of a butterfly in Monterey affect the weather in Sydney? We will be exploring the idea of a system by looking at weather. After investigating the mechanics of what goes on in our atmosphere, we'll read weather maps, and explore mountains, faults, and volcanoes. We'll investigate how rain falls, winds blow, and the geology of California and plate tectonics as we enjoy some edible hands-on activities along the way.
Level A Wednesdays, May 6, 13, and 20
Level B: Fridays, May 8, 15, and 22
To participate in these workshops, all students must complete a media/photo consent form and a medical release form.