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Homeschool Classes

 

The Museum of Life and Science offers a variety of classes for homeschooled elementary, middle and high school students. Each class meets once a week for two to three hours.

Through these classes, we foster curiosity in the world around us and the use of science as a tool for exploring that world. Our educators utilize the Museum’s 84-acres of indoor and outdoor learning environments as a platform for inquiry-based and project-oriented activities. They carefully promote an environment of discovery using first-hand experience as our primary teacher. Click here to read our Mission Statement.

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Helpful Tips to Get You Started

  • Fall homeschool classes are now open for enrollment. 
    • Elementary classes run eight weeks, beginning January 9. Students can learn about STEM by building with LEGO®
    • The high school class runs four weeks, starting January 16. Teens will study the efforts being made to save the critically endangered red wolves from extinction. 

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WONDERING WHICH CLASS TO CHOOSE?

Register for the class appropriate to the grade your student entered in Fall 2019. We recommend the following ages for each grade. Exceptions must be approved by the program director and the class teacher and can be requested by emailing homeschool@ncmls.org.

Grade Age on September 1, 2019
K-2nd 5-7
3rd-5th 8-10
6th-8th 11-13
9th-11th 14-16

 

FALL 2019 Classes

Download the 2019 Fall Class Schedule Here

 

Class Descriptions

Grades K-2

Nature Explorers (ages 5-8)
Dates: Wednesdays, March 6 — May 15, no class on March 27 (Inclement weather days: May 22 and 29)
Time: 12:45 pm — 3:45 pm
Price: Members: $300, non-members: $330

In this completely outdoor, inquiry directed adventure, students will deepen their understandings of the natural world while building their relationships with the land, the forest and each other. While exploring the natural environment adjoining the Museum of Life and Science, including Ellerbe Creek, we will build on those student discoveries that elicit curiosity and interest and will pursue these areas with further observation, discussion, research and project work. These emergent topics of natural learning may include forest ecosystems, wildlife, botany, geology, mapping, and engineering, with themes such as cycles of life, adaptations, habitats, foraging, weather patterns, and shelters. Please visit our Nature Explorers webpage to learn more about the specific and challenging character of this class.

Instructor: Jennifer Wiggen

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Grades 3-5

Biology: Amazing Animal Senses
Dates: Tuesdays, March 5 — May 14, no class on March 26 (Inclement weather days: May 21 and 28)
Time: 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

Have you ever thought about how a butterfly sees the world? Or what a wolf can smell that you cannot? Join us on a comparative animal adventure as we explore the sights, smells, sounds and more of the sensory world of animals. With visits to the museum and grounds, animal visitors to the classroom, and fun crafts and games we will compare our senses to those of the animal kingdom. 

This class will function both as an extension of the Fall 2018 Our Amazing Human Bodies class or as a stand-alone class for new students.  

Instructor: Michelle Merrill

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Nature Explorers (ages 7-10)
Dates: Wednesdays, March 6 — May 15, no class on March 27 (Inclement weather days: May 22 and 29)
Time: 9:15 am — 12:15 pm
Price: Members: $300, non-members: $330

In this completely outdoor, inquiry directed adventure, students will deepen their understandings of the natural world while building their relationships with the land, the forest and each other. While exploring the natural environment adjoining the Museum of Life and Science, including Ellerbe Creek, we will build on those student discoveries that elicit curiosity and interest and will pursue these areas with further observation, discussion, research and project work. These emergent topics of natural learning may include forest ecosystems, wildlife, botany, geology, mapping, and engineering, with themes such as cycles of life, adaptations, habitats, foraging, weather patterns, and shelters. Please visit our Nature Explorers webpage to learn more about the specific and challenging character of this class.

Instructor: Betsy Kempter

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Drawing on Nature: Art in the Woods (ages 6-9)
Dates: Thursdays, March 7 — May 16, no class on March 28 (Inclement weather days: May 23 and 30)
Time: 12:15 pm — 2:15 pm
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

In this class students will study and explore everything from the life cycles of a butterfly, parts of a seed, tree and flower to the life cycle and parts of birds! We will spend time outdoors observing these subjects, in the classrooms creating art, as well as utilizing the experts and exhibits at the museum to enhance the subject matter! We are looking forward to seeing you this spring!

Instructor: Jennifer Wiggen and Jeny Brill

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Grades 6-8

Biology: Introduction to Botany
Dates: Tuesdays, March 5 — May 14, no class on March 26 (Inclement weather days: May 21 and 28)
Time: 9:15 am — 12:15 pm
Price: Members: $300, non-members: $330

This introductory inquiry course will focus on the structure and function of plants, classification of plants using dichotomous keys for plant identification, investigation of  how plants form the basis of ecosystems, specialized plant adaptations, and current plant topics that affect our society. Through labs, interactive activities, and exploration of museum grounds, students will apply scientific methods and gain useful skills to explore the concepts that make plants so successful and so critical to every living creature. Students should dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. This course is geared for 6-8th graders who have not yet taken a high school biology course.  A three-ring binder with lined paper and three dividers is suggested, as well as a field guide.

Instructor: Susan Stines

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Project: Innovate — Engineering Design Studio – Coding 
Dates: Tuesdays, March 5 — May 14, no class on March 26 (Inclement weather days: May 21 and 28)
Time: 1:00 pm — 3:30 pm
Price: Members: $250, non-members: $275

Do you have a middle school maker at home? Does your child enjoy building and creating? If so, there’s a class for that! Project: Innovate is a project-based homeschool class for middle school students taking place in spring 2019. Each 10-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. This session will focus on coding while incorporating the interests and skill-levels of our participants for a truly unique experience. Participants from previous sessions of this class will be familiar with our skill development process while engaging in new content challenges!

Innovators will utilize the engineering design process to develop problem-solving (and finding!) skills as they tackle projects with the assistance of our educators. This session will incorporate programming, prototyping, and the development of iterative design skills. No matter the project, each class will be packed full of opportunities to explore science and spark their imaginations.

Instructor: Lauren Auchter

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Meet Our Teachers


Lauren Auchter

As a life-long maker, I have always had a love of creating and working with my hands. Before coming to the Museum, I spent years developing and leading hands-on learning at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and as a middle school science teacher. I’m excited to be able to combine my education experience and making skills in our engineering classes! Teaching new skills, working with a variety of tools, it’s always a unique experience!

Peregrine Bratschi

As a scientist and an educator, I get the best of both worlds: the joy of exploring, interrogating, and experimenting, as well as the joy of sharing what I learn! I graduated from UNC Charlotte with a degree in Anthropology, and shortly thereafter entered the world of museum education, where I have been teaching for two years. I teach many subjects-- from astronomy, to earth science, to engineering, to zoology-- and enjoy them all, though I have a particular passion for evolutionary biology. In my spare time I like to do experimental archaeology with lithics and other early human technologies. My goal in both writing and teaching curriculum is to cultivate skepticism and wonder as tools to better know ourselves, each other, and our world.

Susan Stines
I love to learn and share my love of learning, particularly in the outdoors.  I have lived in the Triangle area for the past 18 years with my husband and two nearly grown kids, exploring all the area has to offer. In past career lives I have been an environmental consultant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, taught natural childbirth, cleaned up after 100 different species of animals as a conservation educator and zookeeper, fought for clean water and air, and designed workshops on everything from environmental risk assessment to track and scat identification to inclusive play. I have spent countless hours as a Girl Scout leader and basketball coach for the past 13 years, and am a certified NC Environmental Educator.  On or in the water and anywhere with dogs and family are my happy places. I love to learn and hope to continue my collection of random certifications as a hobby. 

Jennifer Wiggen
I grew up on the coast, surrounded by sand dunes and the ocean. In middle school I participated in the Duke TIP program where I spent a summer with a geoscientist, studying marsh ecosystem on the North Carolina Coast. This program changed my life and before I knew it, I found myself at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington studying marine chemistry. This took me to North Carolina State University where I earned my PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry studying the Neuse River Estuary. From there I worked with Dr. David McConnell, a former geologist, in the Geoscience Learning Process Research group as a Postdoc. I developed  short videos-based resources (www.youtube.com/c/GeoScienceVideos) for Introductory Geoscience Courses and tested their impact on student learning and metacognitive judgments. I am responsible for the unique hand-drawn illustrations that are incorporated into each video. You can now find me teaching classes at the Museum of Life and Science as well as helping write and develop curriculum for their new exhibit Earth Moves.

 

Prices and Booking

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Payment in full is due five weeks prior to the first day of class.

 

5 Week Sessions

Two Hour Class Prices
Members: $100
Non-members: $110

Three Hour Class Prices
Members: $150
Non-members: $165

 

10 Week Sessions

Two Hour Class Prices
Members: $200 
Non-members: $220 

2.5 Hour Class Prices
Members: $250
Non-members: $275

Three Hour Class Prices
Members: $300
Non-members: $330

Lunch Care Add-On
Middle School: $30 per 10-week session, 45-minutes per week

Registration Dates
Registration for Fall 2019 classes is open.
Registration closes the weekend before classes begin.
If you have questions, please call 919.220.5429, x352 or email homeschool@lifeandscience.org
 

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Changes and Cancellations
The Museum can grant refunds and perform session changes only when received five weeks before the class begins. There is a $50 cancellation fee for each class and a $30 fee for session changes. 
 

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