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Homeschool Workshops

New Homeschool Workshops now available!

Sessions are held the first Wednesday of each month* October – June and run 1.5 hours.

Ages 6-9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages 10-12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

*January’s session will be held the third Wednesday of the month due to the holidays and our annual maintenance week.

Additional Information

Members*: $12 per session
*To participate in this program, you must be a member.

Not a member? Purchase a membership to participate in Homeschool Workshops. Plus, receive all of our other member benefits. Learn more about our memberships here.

  • Program Capacity: 25 students. Pre-registration is required. See below for links
  • Parents may promptly sign children in and out for lab sessions but must remain in the museum for the duration of the program.
  • It is suggested that students participate in all 3 workshops in a session.

2018 - 2019 Homeschool Workshops

ANIMAL CLASSIFICATION - NOVEMBER 7, 2018

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  • Ages 6 – 9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 10 – 12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Patterns – Life Science: As new species are being discovered, there is a whole process that is used to classify them. One tool that scientists can use is a dichotomous key. In this workshop, we learn how to construct a dichotomous key and use it to classify organisms based on observable traits.

STATES OF MATTER - APRIL 3, 2019

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  • Ages 6 – 9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 10 – 12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity – Physical Science: Atoms are the fundamental particles that create matter. To change from different states of matter, we typically change the amount of energy applied to the system. In this workshop, we will look at how energy and matter go hand in hand.

MICHIGAN GEOLOGY - DECEMBER 5, 2018

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  • Ages 6 – 9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 10 – 12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Patterns – Earth and Space Science: Did you know that Michigan was once covered by a shallow sea, and glaciers to the north helped to shape the Lower Peninsula? We will learn that by studying geology, we can learn about how the Earth’s surface was shaped in the past and determine what it might look like in the future as we enjoy some edible hands-on activities along the way.

CELL STRUCTURE - MAY 1, 2019

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  • Ages 6 – 9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 10 – 12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity – Life Science: All living things are composed of cells, but what are cells made of? Students will learn cell anatomy, the structure and function of the organelles as they build their understanding through the construction of an edible model cell.

CIRCUITS - JANUARY 16, 2019

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  • Ages 6 – 9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 10 – 12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Cause and Effect – Physical Science: In this class we will design and build simple series and parallel circuits using components such as wires, batteries, and bulbs leading students to an understanding of fundamental electronics concepts.

OUR PLACE IN SPACE - JUNE 5, 2019

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  • Ages 6 – 9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 10 – 12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity – Earth and Space Science: The solar system consists of planets and other bodies that orbit the Sun in predictable paths. Students will investigate the appearance, general composition, relative position and size, and motion of objects in the solar system, including planets, planetary satellites, comets, and asteroids with a concentration on observable changes in the appearance of the phases of the moon.

DNA & GENETICS - FEBRUARY 6, 2019

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  • Ages 6 – 9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 10 – 12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Cause and Effect – Life Science: For more than four thousand years humans have been tinkering with genetics and one hundred and fifty years ago Gregor Mendel finally explained Inheritance. Flowers and fruits are associated with reproduction and we will use them as guides as we explore genetics.

WEATHER & EARTH SYSTEMS - MARCH 6, 2019

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  • Ages 6 – 9: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Ages 10 – 12: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Cause and Effect – Earth and Space Science: Weather can impact the day-to-day operations of humans, but human activity can also affect the weather and environment. In this workshop, we will look at the impacts of Earth process on humans and investigate solutions to reduce our impact on weather systems.

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