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)


HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY LAB I 
Fridays, September 14-December 7 (no class Nov 23) 

10:00am-12:00pm
Ages 14+
Students learn laboratory techniques and perform hands-on chemistry experiments to supplement their high school chemistry curriculum. This is a lab-only course, and students are expected to know the academic material BEFORE attending each week’s lab (this is not a lecture course). A brief review of relevant material starts each lab, followed by a two-hour lab period which includes lab preparation, experimentation and clean-up. Students work semi-independently to conduct each lab, maintain a lab notebook and complete reports for each investigation. Course fees include all lab materials. This is the first semester of a full year course.   


  • Significant Figures and the Scientific Process - Understand the importance of significant figures, develop hypotheses, and evaluate and interpret scientific data. Friday, September 14, 10:00am-12:00pm

  • Matter, Mass and Density - This week, we measure the mass of different states of matter and relate this parameter to density. Friday, September 21, 10:00am-12:00pm​ 

  • Atomic Number, Mass and Isotopes - Learn how atomic number are related to atomic mass, and complete a scavenger hunt to calculate atomic mass based on isotope abundance. Friday, September 28, 10:00am-12:00pm​ 

  • Ions and Electronegativity - Observe the ionic trends on the periodic table by dissolving salts in polar solutions. Friday, October 5, 10:00am-12:00pm​

  • Protons and pH - Examine the chemical formula of various compounds to predict pH, determine the actual pH with litmus paper and pH indicators, and measure the pH of household products. Friday, October 12, 10:00am-12:00pm​​

  • Acid and Base Reactions - Mix acids with bases and predict the products. Combine acids with metals and carbonates to produce gases and perform classic tests for common gases with a burning splint. Friday, October 19, 10:00am-12:00pm​​

  • Inflate Balloons with Stoichiometry - Put the mathematics of stoichiometry to the test to establish the limiting reagent, calculate theoretical yield and use the inflated balloon to determine actual yield and analyze sources of error. Friday, October 26, 10:00am-12:00pm​​ 

  • Single Replacement Reactions - Swap one metal out for another and use solubility rules to predict the formation of a precipitate. Friday, November 2, 10:00am-12:00pm​​

  • Specific Heat and Calorimetry - Use initial and final solution temperature to calculate the specific heat of various systems, and graph progress with a heating curve. Friday, November 9, 10:00am-12:00pm 

  • Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions - Conduct a series of reactions to determine whether chemical reactions release or absorb energy. Friday, November 16, 10:00am-12:00pm  

  • Ideal Gas Law - In this lab, students investigate relationships among pressure, volume and temperature of a gas. Friday, November 30, 10:00am-12:00pm 

  • Polymers - Evaluate IUPAC naming of the essential components of slime, and use calculate the relationship among moles, Avogadro’s number and final mass. Friday, December 7, 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Alyson Colin, MSc

Location: STEM Lab (suite 21)

$330/course or $30/lab
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HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY LAB I

Fridays, September 14-December 7 (no class Nov 23) 

12:30pm-2:30pm

Ages 14+
Students study biological systems and processes at molecular, cellular and macrobiological levels through hands-on laboratory investigations. This is a lab-only course, and students are expected to know the academic material BEFORE attending each week’s lab (this is not a lecture course). A brief review of relevant material starts each lab, followed by a 1.5-hour lab period which includes lab preparation, experimentation and clean-up. Students work semi-independently to conduct each lab, maintain a lab notebook and complete reports for each investigation. Course fees include all lab materials. This is the first semester of a full year course.  


  • Macromolecules and Organelles - Study macromolecules, the building blocks of life, and explore organelle identification, structure and function by creating a representational model of a cell. Friday, September 14, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Animal and Plant Cells - Review microscopy techniques and biological illustration as we examine animal and plant cells under microscope to describe their structural differences and organelle distribution and function. Friday, September 21, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Diffusion and Osmosis - Conduct experiments with chicken eggs, potatoes and dialysis tubing to evaluate the processes of diffusion and osmosis, and the importance of passive transport to cell structure and function. Friday, September 28, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Kingdoms of Life - Examine the kingdoms of life and compare the differences between ribosome size, organelle makeup and overall complexity. Friday, October 5, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Understanding DNA - Explore the power found in the genome by practice matching base pairs, detecting mutations and extracting DNA from strawberries. Friday, October 12, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Genetics and Punnett Squares - Study Mendel’s pea plant experiments and then apply that knowledge to understand the heredity of single-gene traits. Friday, October 19, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • DNA to RNA to Protein - Learn the process of transcription and translation by taking DNA fragments to mRNA to codons and to, finally, amino acids. Friday, October 26, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Flower Dissection and Pollen Germination - In this lab, we dissect flowers to identify their internal structure and examine pollen under a microscope to detect the differences in the reproductive stages. Friday, November 2, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Mollusca Dissections - Examine the internal and external anatomy of a two diverse members of the phylum Mollusca to determine how these features align with their evolutionary development.  Friday, November 9, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Earthworm Dissection - Explore the anatomy of a segmented earthworm, and evaluate its complexity by connecting the anatomy with function.  Friday, November 16, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Grasshopper Dissection - Examine the exoskeleton and internal organs of this insect, measure anatomical structures and make connections between organ size and appearance with function and purpose.   Friday, November 30, 12:30pm-2:30pm

  • Fish Dissection - Study the anatomy and physiology of bony fish to describe fin placement and function, and explore how the respiratory system is appropriate for a life underwater.  Friday, December 7, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Alyson Colin, MSc

Location: STEM Lab (suite 21)

$330/course or $30/lab

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​homeschool courses - high school (ages 14+)

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