Homeschool workshops are offered October through May on the second Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 3 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 2016/2017 season; however, if five or more students are interested in a Level 3 offering, with two weeks notice we can arrange a Level 3 session for each of these workshops.
Suggested grade levels
Level 1: Grades 1-4
Level 2: Grades 5-8
Level 3: Grades 9-12
- $15 per student.
- $10 for each additional student in the same family.
- Chaperones are free.
- Homeschool workshops do not include visiting the exhibits or a planetarium show. Workshop participants are invited to explore the museum from 12 to 1:30 PM the day of the workshop at a reduced admission rate.
- $5 per person to see a content-related planetarium show at the conclusion of each workshop (optional).
The 2016-17 home school program will explore Earth as a series of interwoven systems, each influencing the other. Students will explore Earth science, atmospheric science, hydrology and climate change, here and on other planets!
October 13, 2016: Earth and Solar System
In this session, take a broad look at the Earth’s place in space and then zoom in to explore what our own planet is made of. Attendees will learn what our planetary neighbors and other objects in our solar system have in common with Earth, but also gain an understanding on what makes our home planet so special.
Optional planetarium show: Family of the Sun
November 10, 2016: The Sun-Earth Connection
The Sun warms our planet and gives us light. However, the relationship between Earth and Sun is much more complex. In this session, learn all about our closest star, from the radiation it produces to how we harness its energy here on Earth.
Optional planetarium show: Sunstruck
December 8, 2016: Principles of Geology
Earth is made up of many different types of rocks. Learn how geologists characterize and classify these rocks and minerals, how different types of rocks form, and what rocks from outer space can tell us about Earth’s history.
Optional planetarium show: Impact Earth
January 12, 2017: Seeing Planet Earth (and Beyond)
Studying Earth, and its neighbors, has unique challenges. How do you measure the Earth’s temperature? What do astronomers use to determine what a star is made of? What is Venus’ atmosphere made of? Satellites and space crafts with specialized sensors have helped scientists answer these questions, and many more. In this session, learn about the science of remote sensing and how scientists “see” our planet from outer space.
Optional planetarium show: To Space and Back
February 9, 2017: The Water Cycle
In this session, explore water’s unique properties and how water cycles through our oceans and our atmosphere. Are we the only planet in the solar system with liquid water? Join us to find out!
Optional planetarium show: Ice Worlds
March 9, 2016: The Carbon Cycle
Carbon is all around us. It is present in living things, trapped in our soil, dissolved in our oceans and is an important component of our atmosphere. In this session, study how carbon is recycled, reused and stored in Earth’s systems and what impact carbon has on our climate.
Optional planetarium show: Dynamic Earth
April 13, 2017: Planetary Atmospheres
Our atmosphere has many functions. This thin layer of molecules provides air for us to breathe. It traps in the Sun’s heat to warm our planet and protects us from harmful radiation and space weather. In this session, explore the atmosphere’s varied functions and also learn how Earth’s atmosphere differs from others in our solar system.
Optional planetarium show: TBD
May 11, 2017: Earth and Earth-like Exoplanets
Our Sun is not the only star in our galaxy with orbiting planets. Thanks to powerful telescopes, scientists have been able to detect these exoplanets and begin asking questions, such as, "Is this planet like Earth?" and "Will there be life on other planets?". Learn how we discover exoplanets and how we determine if these far-off planets have anything in common with Earth.
Optional planetarium show: Extreme Planets
To register for our homeschool program, please contact Sherie Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.271.7827 x102.