Homeschool workshops are offered October through May on the second Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. You are welcome to just participate in individual sessions or to enroll for the entire series. Homeschool workshops are offered at two levels: Level 1 (for Grades 1-4) covers the basics; Level 2 (for Grades 5-8) goes into greater depth.
Note: We have not scheduled Level 3 workshops (Grades 9-12) for the 2014/2015 season; however, if five or more students are interested in a Level 3 offering, with a week's notice we can arrange a Level 3 session for each of these workshops.
Suggested grade levels
Level 1: Grades 1-4
Level 2: Grades 5-7
Level 3: Grades 8-12
- $15 per student
- $10 for each additional student in the same family
- Chaperones free
- Homeschool workshops do not include visiting the exhibits or a planetarium show. Participants are invited to explore the museum the day of the workshop at a reduced admission rate.
October 9, 2014: Our Sun
This workshop focuses on solar science, including how the Sun works, how it compares to other stars, solar processes, sun spots, composition of the Sun. [Optional show: Family of the Sun]
November 13, 2014: Sun, Earth, Moon Connections
This workshop focuses on space weather and how the Sun, Earth and Moon influence each other. [Optional show: Tonight's Sky]
December 11, 2014: Mercury & Venus
The theme in this workshop is the science of the inner planets: their geology, atmosphere, rotations, orbits and apparent phases. [Optional show: Family of the Sun: The Inner Planets]
January 8, 2015: Mars
This workshop focuses on what we've learned to date about the planet humans are most likely to visit in the near future, including past, present and future missions to explore the Red Planet. [Optional show: Family of the Sun: The Red Planet]
February 12, 2015 Jupiter & Saturn
We'll explore the two largest of our solar system's gas giants, their climates, composition, their rotation and orbits, their ring systems and some of their many moons including ones with features similar to Earth's, and the effects the giant planets have on their moons. [Optional show: Extreme Planets]
March 12, 2015: Uranus & Neptune
March's workshop explores our solar system's most distant gas giants, including the first planet discovered by using a telescope (Uranus) and the first to be discovered using mathematics (Neptune). We'll look at their location far from the Sun, their composition, weather, rotation, orbits, ring systems and some of their unusual moons. [Optional show: Amazing Telescope]
April 9, 2015: Asteroids and Comets
In this workshop, we'll explore the nature, location, differences and similarities between our wild denizens of the solar system, asteroids and comets. We'll look at NASA and international missions focused on comets and asteroids, and take a look at their effects when passing or striking Earth and its neighbors. [Optional show: Impact Earth]
May 14, 2015: Mechanics of the Solar System
How did the solar system form? What makes the planets stay in orbit? Have they always been in the same orbit? Where did the moons come from, and what keeps them revolving around their planets? [Optional show: Tonightâ€™s Sky]
June 11, 2015: Beyond Neptune: Dwarf Planets, the Kuiper Belt, and the Oort Cloud
The solar system extends well beyond Neptune, our most distant planet. How far out does our solar system extend? How are we learning more about this region of space? We'll take a look at what we know about Pluto, other dwarf planets we've discovered beyond Pluto's orbit, and the other denizens of the far reaches of our solar system. [Optional show: Ice Worlds]
Homeschool parents! You can further your education too with our educator workshops.