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​​​​​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.


SPRING COURSE SCHEDULE - January 28 - May 3, 2019 (12 weeks, no classes February 15-22, March 11, April 1-5 )

ARCHEOLOGY
Mondays, Jan 28 – Apr 29 (no class Feb 18, Mar 11 or Apr 1; 11 weeks)
9:30am-10:45am
Ages 8-10
Students learn about the study of human history, practice scientific methods used to find and examine man-made artifacts, and use archeological evidence to interpret information about different cultures from the past.

  • Surface Collection and Excavation – Monday, January 28

  • Site Mapping and Surveys – Monday, February 4

  • Stratigraphy – Monday, February 11

  • Pictographs and Petroglyphs – Monday, February 25

  • Prehistoric Habitats – Monday, March 4

  • Archaic Tools – Monday, March 18

  • Shipwrecks – Monday, March 25

  • Expeditions of Landscapes – Monday, April 8

  • Archeological Ceramics – Monday, April 15

  • Symbolism and Myths – Monday, April 22

  • Ecology and Environmental Influences – Monday, April 29

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

Students can register as a course or as individual workshops.
$200 full course/$20 drop-in class
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SPA SCIENCE
Mondays, Jan 28 – Apr 29 (no class Feb 18, Mar 11 or Apr 1; 11 weeks)
11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 8-10

Learn how scientists to develop and test new lines of skin care products, perfumes, bath products, and soaps. In this course, students learn the chemistry and biology behind several spa essentials, and create many products of their own.

  • Salt Scrubs, Exfoliators and our Skin - Monday, January 28

  • Soap-Making Chemistry - Monday, February 4

  • Homemade Emollients (Moisturizers) - Monday, February 11

  • Bath Bomb Chemistry - Monday, February 25

  • Bath Oil Protocol Development - Monday, March 4

  • The Science of Scents - Monday, March 18

  • Lip Balm Experiments - Monday, March 25

  • Aromatherapy Silly Putty - Monday, April 8

  • Natural Facial Masks - Monday, April 15

  • Antioxidant Skin Care - Monday, April 22

  • Aromatherapy Playdough - Monday, April 29

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

Students can register as a course or as individual workshops.

$200 full course/$20 drop-in class
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TINKERCAD BASICS
Tuesdays, Jan 29 – Apr 30 (no class Feb 19, Apr 2; 12 weeks) 
10:30am-12:00pm
Ages 8-12
Learn the art of 3D modeling with Tinkercad! Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkered. Students take home their designed models once they are printed on an offsite 3D printer.
Course is limited to 12 participants. Registration for this course closes on January 15, 2019.
Instructor: Claudia McClelland from Claudia's Creative Corner
Location: STEM Lab (suite 21)
$380

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CLAYMATION
Tuesdays, Jan 29 – Apr 30 (no class Feb 19, Apr 2; 12 weeks) 
12:30pm-2:00pm
Ages 8-12
Build teamwork and problem solving skills through the art and technology of claymation. Students create a character, write the story, design and build the sets, animate the action, edit the video with voices, music and sound effects. Students must bring a laptop to class. Course fees include all materials and video software access. Course is limited to 12 participants. Registration for this course closes on January 15, 2019.
Instructor: Claudia McClelland from Claudia's Creative Corner
Location: STEM Lab (suite 21)
$310
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ECOLOGY LAB
Wednesdays, Jan 30 – May 1 (no class Feb 20, Apr 3; 12 weeks)
9:30am-10:45am
Ages 8-10

This course provides an introduction to ecology and ecological methods, including the study of terrestrial and aquatic habitats and organisms.

  • Ecology and Biodiversity – Wednesday, January 30 - Our introduction to ecology. Learn how ecologists study communities, and measure the diversity of species in an ecosystem.

  • Dirt and Rocks - Wednesday, February 6 - 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. 

  • Vertebrate Clues - Wednesday, February 13 - We do not always see them, but they are around. This week we focus on evidence of vertebrates, including tracks and nests, and dissect owl pellets to see what they have eaten. 

  • Mosses and Lichens - Wednesday, February 27 - 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.

  • Decomposers - Wednesday, March 6 - Learn about nutrient cycling within ecosystems as we investigate dead logs and decomposing leaves to find the organisms that help break down organic material. 

  • Water Testing - Wednesday, March 13 - Learn about water chemistry as we study the chemical composition of samples from local streams and ponds. We record characteristics such as pH and nitrates, and learn why each is important. 

  • What is in the Water? - Wednesday, March 20 - This week, we look at water samples to see what macro- and microorganisms live in our local waterways. We may find snails, insect larvae, crustaceans, microscopic worms and more. 

  • Litter Critters - Wednesday, March 27 - 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. 

  • Entomology - Wednesday, April 10 - Insects are the largest group within the Animal Kingdom. This week, we study different groups of insects, where they live and their role in the ecosystem. 

  • Leaf Shape Study - Wednesday, April 17 - 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. 

  • Tree Identification - Wednesday, April 24 - 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. 

  • Measuring Trees - Wednesday, May 1 -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 and most abundant.

Instructor: Tonya Shearer, PhD

Location: Science Center (suite 5) 

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

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OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Wednesdays, Jan 30 – May 1 (no class Feb 20, Apr 3; 12 weeks)
11:00am-12:15pm
Ages 8-10
In this course, students take an in-depth look at our immune system through hands-on science activities. They study cells and organs through microscopy and dissection, experiment with bacterial growth conditions, study gross and awesome parasites, learn what happens when our immune system isn’t working so well, and more.

  • Natural Defenses – Wednesday, January 30

  • Our Immune System – Wednesday, February 6

  • Antibodies and Antigens – Wednesday, February 13

  • Germs – Wednesday, February 27

  • Good and Bad Bacteria – Wednesday, March 6

  • Antibiotics – Wednesday, March 13

  • Viruses vs Bacteria vs Fungi – Wednesday, March 20

  • Parasites – Wednesday, March 27

  • Poison and Venom – Wednesday, April 10

  • Herd Immunity – Wednesday, April 17

  • Epidemiology – Wednesday, April 24

  • Immune System Mistakes – Wednesday, May 1

Instructor: Karen Berry, MSc
Location: Science Center (suite 5)

Students can register as a course or as individual workshops.
$220 full course/$20 drop-in class
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SCIENCE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Fridays, Feb 1 – Mat 3 (no class Feb 15, Mar 8,  Apr 5 or Apr 26; 10 weeks)
10:00am-12:00pm
Ages 8-12
Learn about the science of Photography by using fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry to learn how we capture light. Students create their own studio sets, utilize darkroom techniques, and work with editing software.

  • Properties of Light - Friday, February 1 – Practice lighting techniques on a photography set and deconstruct a camera. Students should bring a USB.

  • Aperture Priority - Friday, February 8 – Learn about apertures by doing a depth of field activity.Students should bring their own DSLR camera, manual point and shoot camera, or smartphone with manual camera capability.

  • Shutter Priority - Friday, February 22 - Experiment with shutter speed by capturing fast moving objects. Students should bring their own DSLR camera, manual point and shoot camera, or smartphone with manual camera capability.

  • Film Noir - Friday, March 1 - Play with light and shadow in black and white storytelling photography. Students should bring a USB.

  • Wavelengths of Color - Friday, March 15 - Use color gels on your own photo set and learn about CMYK and RGB color models. Students should bring a USB.

  • Alternative Photography - Friday, March 22 - Develop cyanotype prints using nature print paper, and learn about other alternative photography methods.

  • Instagram versus Photoshop - Friday, March 29 - Re-create popular preset filters using basic editing techniques, hue, saturation, temperature, lens effects, and more. Students should bring their personal laptops or tablets or share with other students.

  • Light Trails - Friday, April 12 – Experiment with long exposure and speed of light to draw pictures using light. Students should bring a USB.

  • Developing Film: Color Photography (Part 1) - Friday, April 19 - Take color photos and develop a contact sheet. Discussing the chemistry of film and darkroom etiquette.

  • Developing Film: Bring Negatives to Life (Part 2) - Friday, May 3 - Use a scanner and photoshop to develop a negatives, and learn about the chemistry of developing a photo. Students should bring their personal laptops or tablets or share with other students.

Instructor: Candra Umunna, BSc
Location: Science Center (suite 5)
$225 full course/$25 drop-in class

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