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

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)



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
REGISTER



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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