2500 Old Alabama Rd., Suite 5
Roswell, GA 30076    
770 641-9336

​homeschool courses - Elementary (ages 6-8)

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​​​​​​​Our homeschool courses and workshops are designed by scientists and educators to supplement homeschool science curricula through fun, hands-on science experiments and activities. A minimum of 6 participants is required for each course.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to several requests by parents and students, we have made the decision to more strictly adhere to the minimum age for each course. Students must be the minimum age indicated for a course in order to enroll. Hopefully we have enough options for each age group to satisfy your child's science interests. 


FEBRUARY CLASSES - ELEMENTARY (AGES 6-8) 
Science of Space: Terrestrial Planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars - Monday, February 12, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

Explore their relative size and distance from the sun, compare how long their days and years are, model each planet, and learn what causes planets to be different colors. 
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Water in Our World: Hydrophobicity - Monday, February 12, 12:15 pm–1:30 pm
Ages 6-8

How does magic sand work? How do cells hold their shape? Students answer these questions, experiment with water droplets, test hydrophobic materials, and make magic sand as they study the hydrophobic effect.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Unique Snowflakes - Tuesday, February 13, 10:00am–11:15am
Ages 6-8

Ever wonder why every snowflake is unique, and has six points? Learn how the properties of water molecules and our atmosphere create these beautiful formations.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Bilateral Symmetry - Wednesday, February 14, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
Some cute little flatworms are free-living, while others are gross and parasitic. Explore the symmetrical shape of these soft-bodied creatures.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Science of Space: Gas Giants - Jupiter and Saturn - Monday, February 26, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

Study why these planets have rings (yes, Jupiter has rings), and why they are called Gas Giants, investigate the importance of the gases hydrogen and helium, and model the storms of Jupiter. 
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Water in Our World: pH and Color - Monday, February 26, 12:15 pm–1:30 pm
Ages 6-8

Students create color-changing experiments as they explore the pH scale, test whether liquids are acids and bases and test how some fruits and veggies can be used as pH indicators.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Clouds - Tuesday, February 27, 10:00am–11:15am
Ages 6-8

Although they look like giant cotton balls, clouds are made of water and dust. Students explore cloud types and their associated heights, and create a pressurized environment capable of generating a cloud.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Squirmy Worms - Wednesday, February 28, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
Earthworms are important detritivores that play an important role in keeping soils healthy. Take a look at their “tube within a tube” body plan, and learn how many hearts they have.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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MARCH CLASSES - ELEMENTARY (AGES 6-8)
Science of Space: Ice Giants and Dwarf Planets - Uranus and Neptune (and Pluto) - Monday, March 5, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

Students learn why Uranus and Neptune are blue, understand why Pluto is technically a dwarf planet, and model their relative size and distance from the sun. 
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Water in Our World: Salt Water - Monday, March 5, 12:15 pm–1:30 pm
Ages 6-8

From the ocean to energy drinks, in this workshop we explore the effects of salt concentration on conductivity, test the density of salt water versus freshwater, and learn how to measure the salinity of water with hydrometers.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Wind - Tuesday, March 6, 10:00am–11:15am
Ages 6-8

Students use math to understand the power of the wind, and put definitions like miles per hour, wind chill, and pressure into perspective through hands-on experiments.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Bivalves and Snails - Wednesday, March 7, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
They are slimy and gooey, but are really cool creatures. Learn how big some clams can get, and how some snails kill fish.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Thunder and Lightning - Tuesday, March 13, 10:00am–11:15am
Ages 6-8

Students investigate sound and light energy as they learn what causes thunder, explore how ions, electrons and water conduct electricity, and create their own mini sparks.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Masters of Disguise - Wednesday, March 14, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
Squid and octopus can camouflage themselves and communicate with each other by changing their chromatophores. See what else makes these animals so smart.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Science of Space: Moons - Monday, March 19, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

Earth has “The Moon,” but how many moons do other planets have? Learn and model how moon craters are formed, why astronaut footprints from 1969 are still present on the moon’s surface, and why we see the moon in different phases.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Water in Our World: Capillary Action - Monday, March 19, 12:15 pm–1:30 pm
Ages 6-8

Why does water bend in a graduated cylinder? Students experiment with the power of surface tension, understand how some bugs can literally walk on water, and discover the difference between cohesion and adhesion.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Acid Rain - Tuesday, March 20, 10:00 am – 11:15 am 
Ages 6-8

Students examine the particulates found in rain water under a microscope and create their own environments in a beaker, generate acid rain, and observe the effect pollution has on the pH of our water sources.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Crustaceans - Wednesday, March 21, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
Crabs, shrimp and lobster are crustaceans, but did you know there are terrestrial crustaceans as well? Roly polies, or pill bugs, you find in your yard are also crustaceans. Learn all about crustaceans in this workshop.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Science of Space: Asteroids, Meteors and Comets - Monday, March 26, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

Students study the differences between asteroids, meteors and comets, create a dry ice model of a comet, and learn about the asteroid belt in our solar system. 
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Water in Our World: Water in our Cells - Monday, March 26, 12:15 pm–1:30 pm
Ages 6-8

Students learn how and why water molecules move as we experiment with diffusion and osmosis, learn what happens when cells take in too much water, and investigate why plants wilt when they do not get enough. 
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: ROYGBIV - Tuesday, March 27, 10:00am–11:15am
Ages 6-8

Why do all rainbows have the same color pattern? Investigate how rainbows are created by the interaction of wavelengths of visible light and water molecules, and look at the light spectrum with prisms.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Insects - Wednesday, March 28, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
Insects are the most successful group of animals on Earth. Study their diverse body plans, ecological roles, and behaviors to learn how they have become so abundant.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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APRIL CLASSES - ELEMENTARY (AGES 6-8)

​Science of Space: Activity of the Sun - Monday, April 9, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

Explore how the center of our solar system affects life on Earth. Students learn about solar wind, solar flares and sun spots, investigate their activity over the past 24 hours, and demonstrate the presence uv rays from the sun, even though we can not see them. 
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Water in Our World: The Mpemba Effect - Monday, April 9, 12:15 pm–1:30 pm
Ages 6-8

How can warm water freeze faster than cold water? Explore this fascinating and perplexing observation by testing this principle and working to discover the scientific reasoning.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Forecasting the Weather - Tuesday, April 10, 10:00am–11:15am
Ages 6-8 

Like true meteorologist, students learn the symbols and terms associated with weather prediction, examine data from the atmosphere to predict future weather conditions, and practice communication skills as they present their weather forecast.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Bug Pollinators - Wednesday, April 11, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
Learn about the importance of insect pollinators in our ecosystem, their unique behaviors and social interactions.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Science of Space: Constellations - Monday, April 16, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

In this workshop, students study the patterns and history of constellations, how stars can be used for navigation, and how to locate constellations in the night sky. 
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Eye of the Storm - Tuesday, April 17, 10:00am–11:15am
Ages 6-8

Students combine wind and water to model a small-scale hurricane, measure wave height, create the eye of a hurricane, and see how hurricanes can flood entire cities.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Spiders and Scorpions – Wednesday, April 18, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
These creepy creatures are really neat. Explore the ecological role of arachnids, where they live, what they eat, and why they are good for our ecosystem. Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20

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Science of Space: TelescopesMonday, April 23, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

Learn how light is affected by lenses, investigate how telescopes work by building a refracting telescope, and depending on cloud cover, look for sun spots using our solar telescope. 
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Climate vs Weather - Tuesday, April 24, 10:00am–11:15pm
Ages 6-8

What is the difference between weather and climate? Students compare climates around the world, how oceanic and geographic features affect climate and why short-term weather conditions may not reflect climate patterns.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Water Bears - Wednesday, April 25, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
What has eight legs with little claws, lives in the water but can survive dehydration, has traveled to space, can survive temperatures of -328°F, and are less than a millimeter in length? Tardigrades!
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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Science of Space: Space Exploration - Monday, April 30, 10:45am-12:00pm
Ages 6-8

Students learn the physics involved in launching spacecraft into orbit, examine the important functions and findings of several spacecraft, and launch their own paper rockets into space using their knowledge of force and motion. 
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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MAY CLASSES - ELEMENTARY (AGES 6-8)​
How's the Weather?: Weather Instruments - Tuesday, May 1, 10:00am–11:15pm
Ages 6-8

How do meteorologists measure pressure, wind speed and direction, temperature and precipitation? Learn about, make and use instruments used to predict and measure weather conditions, and explore how high-tech weather balloons, radar and satellites help determine weather forecasts.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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Invertebrate Ecology and Biology: Parthenogeneic Creatures - Wednesday, May 2, 11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 6-10
These microscopic invertebrates are an important part of freshwater plankton, and have a very interesting life cycle. Learn how these aquatic creatures survive when the water dries up.
Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science STEM Lab (suite 21)
$20
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How's the Weather?: Fire and Water TornadoesTuesday, May 8, 10:00am–11:15am
Ages 6-8

Discover how air pressure and temperature come together to make create the perfect storm. These principles come to life as we model fire and water tornadoes.
Instructor: Alyson Colin, PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)
$20
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