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 - it is not required that a student participate in more than one workshop. Each month, all levels cover the same general topic with instruction, activities, and content geared towards each level.
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 10, 2013: Systems
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 14, 2013: 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?
December 12, 2013: Cryosphere
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.
January 9, 2014: Atmosphere
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).
February 13, 2014 (Weather Make-up Date: Feb 27): Lithosphere
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 13, 2014: 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?
April 10, 2014: Biomass
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 8, 2014: 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.