Homeschool workshops are offered October through May on the second Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. This year the overall program is presented as a unit with the theme of Earth Sciences. Each workshop can also stand alone and it is not required that a student participate in any of the other workshops. Each month all levels will cover the same general topic with instruction, activities, and content geared towards the individual level. Homeschool workshops do not include visiting the exhibits or a planetarium show but participants are invited to explore the museum the day of the workshop at a reduced admission rate.
Suggested age levels
Level 1: Grades 1-4
Level 2: Grades 5-7
Level 3: Grades 8-12
Level 1: Explore what a system is and identify systems on Earth.
Level 2: Simulate a simple system and identify the basic parts of a system.
Level 3: Learn how scientists identify and analyze the parts of a system. Learn how scientists manipulate variables in a system model to obtain outcomes.
November: Carbon Cycle
Level 1: Experience how carbon is cycled through Earth. How is carbon transferred from one place to another? Where is carbon stored?
Level 2: Discover Earths carbon pools and fluxes. How much carbon is stored in pools? How quickly does carbon transfer from one pool to another?
Level 3: Learn about carbon pools and fluxes. How long does carbon stay in one place?
Level 1: Explore ice and snow and where it is found on Earth.
Level 2: Discover why scientists study surface albedo and its importance.
Level 3: Explore the cryosphere's role in Earth's climate.
Level 1: Discover answers to: what is an atmosphere, what is in it, why does Earth have an atmosphere, and is Earth the only place that has an atmosphere?
Level 2: Explore how scientists learn what Earth's atmosphere looked like thousands of years ago and today.
Level 3: Discover how scientists analyze what is in Earth's atmosphere and atmospheres on other planets and moons (including exoplanets).
Level 1: Gain an understanding of plate tectonics and properties of rocks and minerals.
Level 2: Explore how scientists can learn about the conditions in which rocks and minerals are created and changed.
Level 3: Discover how scientists use spectral analysis to examine rocks and minerals.
March: Weather and Climate
Level 1: Explore cloud types, how they form, and change. How are weather and climate related?
Level 2: Explore weather and climate around the world. Why can New Hampshire get every kind of weather event?
Level 3: Discover the factors that influence weather and how storms form. How do storms on other planets relate to Earth's?
Level 1: What is biomass and why do scientists measure it?
Level 2: Discover how scientists measure plant biomass and then calculate it yourself!
Level 3: How much carbon is stored in all the trees of New Hampshire? Explore why biomass is important and why scientists calculate it.
May: Remote Sensing
Level 1: How do scientists learn about places that are difficult to visit? Explore how scientists use remote sensing to collect data.
Level 2: Discover what remote sensing is and what we can learn from it.
Level 3: Discover how and why the electromagnetic spectrum is used in remote sensing.
Homeschool parents! You can further your education too with our educator workshops.