​​​​​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)


Mondays, September 10-December 10 (no class Oct 8 or Nov 19)

Ages 8-10

In this course, we explore the periodic table to learn about atomic number, molecular mass, chemical abbreviations and properties of many of our elements. Each week we conduct a variety of experiments related to specific elements and chemistry techniques that pop, fizz, and change colors, and fun each day learning about the chemistry of the universe.

  • Hydrogen - This week, we observe the flammability of hydrogen. Use that knowledge to analyze the hydrogen hypothesis of the Hindenburg disaster. Monday, September 10, 9:30am-10:45am​

  • Helium - How plausible is it to lift an entire house with balloons alone? Come find out in this class and understand why helium floats. Monday, September 17, 9:30am-10:45am​

  • Magnetism: Iron, Cobalt and Nickel - Today, we experiment with magnets. Use ferrofluid to observe magnetic fields, learn why not all metals are magnetic, and make magnetic slime! Monday, September 24, 9:30am-10:45am​

  • Single Replacement Reactions: Zinc, Tin, and Iron - Make a tin hedgehog and conduct a metal contest to see which elements will win in a single replacement reaction race. Monday, October 1, 9:30am-10:45am​

  • Carbon and Oxygen - Carbon dioxide and oxygen are important for life, but they react differently when exposed to a flame. In this class, we use these gases in several different chemical reactions. Monday, October 15, 9:30am-10:45am​​

  • Fluorescence and Chemiluminescence - Students investigate energy levels and reaction rates, learn about electrons by exploring fluorescence, and conduct an experiment with chemiluminescence. Monday, October 22, 9:30am-10:45am​​

  • Electrons and Electricity - Explore the power of electrons by experimenting with electricity. Students learn about conductors, insulators, and static electricity, and test electrical currents by designing circuits. Monday, October 29, 9:30am-10:45am​​

  • Protons and pH - Students learn how proton concentration determines pH, test acidity using litmus paper and pH indicators, and measure the pH of household products. Monday, November 5, 9:30am-10:45am​​

  • Acid and Base Reactions - Students use indicators to test for acids and bases, combine acids with metals and carbonates to produce gases, and perform a classic test for hydrogen gas using a burning splint. Monday, November 12, 9:30am-10:45am​​

  • Color Chromatography - How many colors are used to create a brown marker? Answer that question in this class by practicing the frequently used technique of chromatography. Monday, November 26, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Iodine and Gallium - From iodine clocks to gallium spoons, this week we learn how chemistry can turn everyday objects into magic tricks. Monday, December 3, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Boron and Non-Newtonian Fluids - Sodium tetraborate is the compound responsible for making slime. The week, we study the chemistry of slime and the properties of non-Newtonian fluids. Monday, December 10, 9:30am-10:45am

Instructor: Alyson Colin, MSc
Location: Science Center (suite 5)

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


Mondays, September 10-December 10 (no class Oct 8 or Nov 19)

Ages 8-10

How does a rollercoaster work? Can you launch an egg without it breaking? Why does water not spill out of a bucket when you swing it around? Students explore the mysteries of movement through the laws of physics. Learn about gravity, Newton’s laws of motion, types of energy, centrifugal force and more through hands-on experiments.

  • Gravity - Understand more about gravity and opposing forces through hands-on experiments, investigate gravitational forces on different planets, and learn how defy gravity using magnets. Monday, September 10, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Projectile Motion - Can your egg survive the launch? Design and construct a catapult, protect a fragile egg from impact, and review why gravity brings objects back to Earth. Monday, September 17, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Newton’s First Law of Motion - Test Newton’s First Law by seeing how long items will stay at rest or stay in motion. Uncover the friction disclaimer through experimentation and deductive reasoning. Monday, September 24, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Newton’s Second Law of Motion - Investigate how mass affects acceleration as we engineer model cars and race against one another. Monday, October 1, 11:00am-12:15pm 

  • Newton’s Third Law of Motion Today is opposite day as we spin buckets of water without spilling, drop items down and watch others bounce back up to experiments with equal and opp. Monday, October 15, 11:00am-12:15pm  

  • Understanding Work and Energy - Is that movement work, energy, both or neither? Come learn the difference and be prepared to pick heavy things up and put them back down. Monday, October 22, 11:00am-12:15pm 

  • Power​ - How powerful are you and the appliances in your life? Come find out how work and time relate to power. Monday, October 29, 11:00am-12:15pm 

  • The Thrills of Kinetic Energy Design rollercoasters that work and don’t work to better understand the important role that potential energy plays and how momentum is different from kinetic energy. Monday, November 5, 11:00am-12:15pm 

  • Balance Experience the physics of balance in motion as students experiment with balance challenges with board games, dance moves, and yoga poses. Monday, November 12, 11:00am-12:15pm 

  • Simple Machines: Part 1 - Investigate three common simple machines, and put them to use to understand how a screw, inclined plane and wedge can make work easier. Monday, November 26, 11:00am-12:15pm 

  • Simple Machines: Part 2​ Use levers, wheels and pulleys to secure, move and lift objects that would be too heavy to lift without the benefit of simple machines. Monday, December 3, 11:00am-12:15pm 

  • Rube Goldberg Day - Be an engineer and design, build and troubleshoot a multicomponent machine able to accomplish a seemingly simple task. Monday, December 10, 11:00am-12:15pm 

Instructor: Alyson Colin, MSc
Location: Science Center (suite 5)

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


Tuesdays, September 11-December 4 (no class November 20)
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



Wednesdays, September 12-December 5 (no class Nov 21)

Ages 8-10

Learn and explore the forces that change the face of Earth. Investigate slow and rapid processes of change, experiment with physical forces and  model the effects of these processes have on influencing landscapes.

  • Erosion, Deposition, and Geography – Experiment with the processes of erosion and deposition from runoff, streams and rivers, and see how they influence landforms to change the Earth’s surface. Wednesday, September 12, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Chemical and Physical Weathering - Learn differences between chemical and physical weathering, and test their effects on different rocks and minerals. Wednesday, September 19, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Lithosphere and Plate Tectonics - There is a lot going on beneath Earth’s surface. Create a model of Earth to explore the forces deep inside our planet’s mantle and core. Wednesday, September 26, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes - Explore how tectonic plate movement is related to volcanic activity, and test your ability to construct earthquake-proof buildings. Wednesday, October 3, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Tsunamis and Their Destruction - In Japanese, a tsunami is a “harbour wave” causing catastrophic effects. Learn the origin, science and effects of these tidal waves. Wednesday, October 10, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Floods, Landslides and Mudslides - Using sand tables, students model heavy rains, flooding and how landslides and mudslides occur. Wednesday, October 17, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Sinkholes - Some sinkholes are big enough to swallow automobiles and buildings. Witness how erosion and deposition can cause sinkholes from ground water. Wednesday, October 24, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Thunder and Lightning Storms - Learn some shocking facts about lightning in all of its forms and experiment with static electricity to see its influence during thunderstorms. Wednesday, October 31, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Tornadoes in our Atmosphere - Tornadoes are among the most destructive forms of weather on Earth. Learn how tornadoes are categorized, and what conditions are necessary for their formation. - Wednesday, November 7, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons – This week, students learn how a tropical depression can escalate to a categorized storm, and experiment with the impacts these storms can have on a coastline. Wednesday, November 14, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Avalanches and Glaciers - Glaciers carve out landscapes over long periods of time, while avalanches are natural hazards that move quickly. Experiment with mass movement of gigantic boulders and tiny sediments. Wednesday, November 28, 9:30am-10:45am

  • Anthropogenic Influences - See the effects of direct and indirect human impacts on our world’s ecosystems, and use our 3D EnviroScape to model impacts of pollution on our watershed. Wednesday, December 5, 9:30am-10:45am

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

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


Wednesdays, September 12-December 5 (no class Nov 21)

Ages 8-10

Students study systems of the body and how bodies work through microscopic analysis, modeling of organ systems, and observation of real (not human!) organs (sheep brain, pig kidney etc). As we work our way through the processes of the digestive, endocrine, cardiovascular and nervous systems, we explore the function and blood supply of various organs, while observing their structure through dissection.

  • Brain Chemistry - Students examine the different lobes of the brain to understand structure and function, and learn about neurons, the science of neurotransmitters and essential ions. Wednesday, September 12, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Vision - This week, we explore vision by dissecting an eye to learn the anatomy, determine the number and function of rods and cones in the human eye, and investigate vision and color recognition. Wednesday, September 19, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • The Sense of Sound and Touch - Create a model of the eardrum and learn about the three smallest bones in the human body, and analyze how nerves correlates to the perception of touch. Wednesday, September 26, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Smell and Taste - Students discover how taste and smell differ in receptor abundance and function, and investigate taste buds during a tongue dissection. Wednesday, October 3, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Digestive System - Travel from the esophagus to stomach and learn how food is digested, examine the contents and lining of the stomach and discuss the enzymes used to breakdown food. Wednesday, October 10, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Small and Large Intestines - Calculate the relationship between intestine length and body height, review how food moves through the digestive system, and learn where nutrients and liquids are absorbed. Wednesday, October 17, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Kidneys and Their Power to Clean​ - Students dissect a kidney as we discuss its structure and function, learn the biological importance of hydration, and investigate how blood is cleaned by these organs. Wednesday, October 24, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • The Beating Heart - Analyze the structure and function of the cardiac muscle through heart dissection, and identify ventricles, atria, arteries and veins to understand how blood moves through the body. Wednesday, October 31, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Muscle and Bones - Explore smooth and skeletal muscles through microscopy and dissection, and determine bone strength by calculating the mass needed to break a chicken bone. Wednesday, November 7, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Blood Analysis - Learn what blood is made of, how blood type is determined by antigens, and what it means to be a universal donor. Students view prepared blood slides and conduct a blood typing experiment. Wednesday, November 14, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Frog Dissection: External Anatomy - To understand how body systems work together, students study the external anatomy of a grass frog, including parts of the nervous and integumentary systems. Wednesday, November 28, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Frog Dissection: Internal Anatomy - Students dissect a frog to investigate internal organs, how they function as a system, and how body systems work together, and make comparisons to organ systems of other vertebrates. Wednesday, December 5, 11:00am-12:15pm

Instructor: Alyson Colin, MSc
Location: Science Center (suite 5)

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

​homeschool courses - Elementary (ages 8-10)


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