Homeschool “HIP” Days

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Sessions are held the first Wednesday of each month and run 35-45 minutes.

Grade Levels: Lower Elementary: 11 a.m., Upper Elementary: noon, Middle/High School: 1 p.m.

Program Capacity: 25 students and up to 10 adults.

Rates: Member: $5/Non-member: $10. To register, call 313.577.8400, Option 5, weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

2015 – 2016 Homeschool HIP Days

October: Chemical Change vs. Physical Change
Young scientists will use their observation skills and conduct experiments to determine whether a substance has undergone a chemical or physical change and discover whether or not a substance can undergo both a physical and chemical change.

November: Toy Factory
Spinning top, slinky, yo-yo! Investigate how these classic toys use basic science principles to excite and entertain both children and adults. Make your own classic toy to take home.

December: Nano me!
Explore the world of nanotechnology and discover how the smallest changes to a substance can enhance its usage by making it stronger and more durable. Investigate how nature uses nanotechnology for survival.

January: Science behind the Magic
Take this great opportunity to see what goes on behind-the-scenes at MiSci. Enjoy a tour of the museum with one of our educators and experience the Michigan Science Center in a whole new way.

February: 1s and 0s
Learn how these simple numbers are used to make a robot follow your commands. Program one of our finch robots to move forward or backward, turn right or left, change colors and make various noises. Make a bracelet with your initials in code to take home.

March: Brain Power
Scalpel, tweezers, microscope! The brain is an amazing part of the body that controls the majority of its functions. Dissect a sheep brain and learn about the different parts of the brain and which functions it controls. Note: Pre-registration and $10 lab fee required per student.

April: Sun + Energy =?
Learn how a plant absorbs the Sun’s rays and converts them to energy and sugar that it stores for fuel. Discover how visible light is made of various colors and how plants only use certain colors in the photosynthesis process. Conduct a chromatography experiment with leaves.

May: Force vs. Friction
Put on your Isaac Newton thinking cap as you test the laws of motion. Does the mass of an object affect how far it can be moved? If the Earth is spinning, why don’t we fly off? Which meets with more force, a foot against a soccer ball or a soccer ball against a foot? Discover the answers to these questions.