Our homeschool courses are designed by scientists and educators to supplement homeschool science curricula through fun, hands-on science experiments and activities. Students can register as a course or as individual workshops. A minimum of 6 participants is required for each class. There is a 10% sibling discount for siblings registering for the same class.


FALL COURSE SCHEDULE - September 10 - December 10, 2018 (12 weeks, no classes October 8, or November 19-23)



FAMILY FIELD SCIENCE

Tuesdays, September 11-December 4 (no class November 20)
11:00am-12:15pm

Ages 6-10 - A parent or other adult is required to attend and participate in each workshop.

Our introduction to field ecology is fun for kids and parents alike. In addition to learning the identification of local plants and animals, basic field surveys are used to characterize the wooded habitats of Big Creek Park, and non-living factors, including water quality and soil types are analyzed and characterized. Be prepared to walk on wooded trails and be outside each class. Class will meet rain or shine.


  • Leaf Shape Study - Plants exhibit a great diversity in leaf shape. Learn the words used to describe the shape of leaves, collect leaves to press and preserve, and start a nature notebook with leaf tracings and rubbings. Tuesday, September 11, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Tree Identification - Trees can be identified by leaf shape, bark characteristics, fruits and seeds and tree shape. Learn how to identify some trees that are common to our local area. Tuesday, September 18, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Measuring Trees - This week, we learn a standard method of measuring tree size, and collect and record data on trees to see which species are the biggest in Big Creek Park. Tuesday, September 25, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Decomposers - Learn about nutrient cycling within ecosystems as we investigate dead logs and decomposing leaves to find the organisms that help break down organic material. Tuesday, October 2, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Search for Vertebrates - We do not always see them, but they are around. We look for and document evidence of vertebrates, including tracks and nests, listen for birds and learn about which critters come out at night. Tuesday, October 9, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Entomology - Insects are the largest group within the Animal Kingdom. This week, we search through different microenvironments and record the various insect species we can find and identify. Tuesday, October 16, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Litter Critters - Leaf litter is a great environment for many organisms, from insects and worms to fungi and seedlings. During this workshop, we explore the leaf litter and record the biodiversity within this community. Tuesday, October 23, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Autumn Woods Survey - We document changes in the woods as summer turns to fall, discuss why leaves change color in autumn, and estimate how many trees are in Big Creek Park using a tree-counting method. Tuesday, October 30, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • What is in the Water? - This week, we collect water samples to see what macro- and microorganisms live in our local waterways. We may find snails, insect larvae, crustaceans, microscopic worms and more. Tuesday, November 6, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Water Chemistry - Learn about water chemistry as we study the chemical composition of the streams and ponds of Big Creek Park. We record characteristics such as temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen and learn why each is important. Tuesday, November 13, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Mosses and Lichens - Even though they are green, they are not true plants. We learn about mosses, their anatomy, life cycle, and habitats, as well as investigate lichens and learn they are actually a symbiosis between fungi and algae. Tuesday, November 27, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Dirt and Rocks - Soils are the physical foundation for the woodland ecosystem. This week we classify and study soil and rock types, learn about water retention and investigate soil as a habitat for invertebrates. Tuesday, December 4, 11:00am-12:15pm

Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Back parking lot at Big Creek Park (1600 Old Alabama Rd, Roswell). There are bathroom facilities at this park entrance.

Students can register as a course or as individual workshops.
$220/course/family or $20/drop-in workshop/family
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SCIENCE LAB BASICS

Thursdays, September 13-December 6th  (no class November 22)
9:30am–10:45am

Ages 6-8

Students learn about working in a science lab, including proper measurement methods, use of scientific tools and equipment (balances, microscopes and glassware), and safety procedures while conducting scientific techniques and experiments.


  • Metric System, Distance & Shark Length - Use metric units of distance to accurately measure lengths and distances of objects, and create a scaled model of the smallest, largest and most common sharks. Thursday, September 13, 9:30am–10:45am

  • Beakers, Liquids & Volume - In this water-play lab, learn the appropriate tools to measure liquid volume, and how to measure the volume of an object. Thursday, September 20, 9:30am–10:45am

  • Mass, Density & Buoyancy - In addition to using balances to measure mass, learn the relationship between mass, density and buoyancy to understand why things sink or float. Thursday, September 27, 9:30am–10:45am

  • Acids & Bases with Flowers - Learn about the pH system, test the acidity of household liquids, and  watch how color changes can tell you that a chemical reaction is occurring in an experiment with flower petals. Thursday, October 4,  9:30am–10:45am

  • Surface Tension & Scared Milk - How can some insects walk on water? Why does water form droplets? Study surface tension with water experiments and make rainbows in milk. Thursday, October 11, 9:30am–10:45am 

  • Gases & Bubbling Volcano Experiment - Learn how some solids turn into gas with dry ice demonstrations, and create a bubbling volcano with the science you have learned. Thursday, October 18, 9:30am–10:45am

  • Non-Newtonian Fluids & Slime - Is it a solid or liquid? It is both! Learn about non-newtonian fluids, the science of slime and how slime has the properties of both a solid and a liquid. Thursday, October 25, 9:30am–10:45am

  • Magnetism & Ferrofluids - Explore magnets and their power, experiment with ferrofluids and learn why astronauts developed this material for space flight. Thursday, November 1, 9:30am–10:45am

  • Microscopes & Cells - Learn the proper use of microscopes and how to prepare slides, compare plant and animal cells, and search for microscopic organisms living in our fish tanks. Thursday, November 8, 9:30am–10:45am

  • Superabsorbant Polymers & the Diaper Experiment - Experiment with superabsorbant polymers, find out why they work and see how they are used in our everyday lives. Thursday, November 15, 9:30am–10:45am 

  • Fluorescence & the Mountain Dew Myth - Learn about visible and uv light, why some materials fluoresce and experiment to see if Mountain Dew really glows in the dark. Thursday,  November 29, 9:30am–10:45am

  • DNA, Genes & Strawberries - Investigate DNA sequences, what genes actually are, and extract DNA from a polyploid organism (strawberries!). Thursday, December 6, 9:30am–10:45am

Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)

Students can register as a course or as individual workshops.
$220/course or $20/drop-in workshop
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ROCK ON GEOLOGY

Thursdays, September 13-December 6th (no class November 22)
11:00am–12:15pm

Ages 6-8
Students become geologists and paleontologists as we study the structure of Earth and its forces, investigate the physical and chemical properties of rocks and minerals and examine geologic history through the fossil record.


  • Earth's Geological History - Learn about Earth's formation, and how plate tectonics has changed the appearance of Earth's surface over geologic time. Thursday, September 13, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Earth's Forces - See how Earth's forces have sculpted our landscape by experimenting with the processes of erosion, deposition and weathering. Thursday, September 20, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Mineralogy - This week, we learn the difference between rocks and minerals, study and test the physical properties of minerals, and how they are classified. Thursday, September 27, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Crystallography - Minerals are formed through a crystallization process forming beautiful crystals and gems. We investigate the chemistry of crystallization and experiment by making our own. Thursday, October 4, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Mining Minerals - Minerals crystallize under specific environmental conditions. Learn how deposits of certain minerals are formed, where they are located throughout the world and how they are mined. Thursday, October 11, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Petrology: Sedimentary Rocks - Students are introduced to petrology, the science of how rocks are formed and their composition. We explore sedimentary rocks this week through investigation of our rock collection and experimentation. Thursday, October 18, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Petrology: Igneous Rocks - Explore our igneous rock collection and learn how they were formed by cooling of magma. Students create a model of igneous rock and study their characteristics to classify their own rock collection. Thursday, October 25, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Petrology: Metamorphic Rocks - Learn how existing rocks metamorphose into a new rock type through heat and pressure. We create a model of metamorphic rocks and compare them to sedimentary and igneous rock types. Thursday, November 1, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Conglomerate Rocks - Some rocks are a mixture of rock types. Learn how conglomerates are formed, identify their characteristics and create a model of a conglomerate rock. Thursday, November 8, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Stratigraphy - Students learn about the rock layers of Earth's crust, their composition, characteristics and processes affecting them, as well as how we can learn about history on our planet by studying these layers. Thursday, November 15, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Paleontology - In this workshop, we investigate fossils, the creatures they were formed from, the process of fossilization and more. Thursday, November 29, 11:00am–12:15pm

  • Geochemistry - In addition to reviewing the chemical composition of the Earth's rocks and minerals, we research what is known about the chemical makeup of meteorites and other planets in our solar system. Thursday, December 6, 11:00am–12:15pm

Instructor: Meredith Walters, MSc, EdS 
Location: Discover Science Center (suite 5)

Students can register as a course or as individual workshops.
$220/course or $20/drop-in workshop
REGISTER

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​homeschool courses - Elementary (ages 6-8)

2500 Old Alabama Rd.
Suite 5 - Science Center    
Suite 21 - STEM Lab 
Roswell, GA 30076    
770 641-9336