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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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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

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Class Descriptions

Grades K-2

Nature Explorers
Dates: Tuesdays, 9/3 – 11/12, no class on October 8 (Inclement weather days: October 8 and November 19)
Time: 12:45 pm — 3:45 pm
Price: Members: $300, non-members: $330

In this completely outdoor, child-directed adventure, students will deepen their understanding of the natural world while building their connection with the creek, the forest and each other. While exploring the natural environment adjoining the Museum of Life and Science, including Ellerbe Creek, we will build on student discoveries that elicit curiosity and interest through observation, discussion, 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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Project: Imagine 
Dates: Wednesdays, 9/4 – 11/13, no class on October 9 (Inclement weather days: October 9 and November 20)
Time: 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Do you have an elementary school maker at home? Does your child enjoy building and creating? If so, there is a class for that! Project: Imagine is a project-based homeschool class for K - 2nd grade students. Each 10-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. This session will focus on challenges surrounding architecture.

Imagineers will utilize the engineering design process to develop problem-solving (and finding!) skills as they tackle projects with the assistance of our educators. The science behind architecture lets imagineers construct and create while exploring how we build the world around us. Each session will be packed full of opportunities to explore science and spark their imaginations.

Instructor: Peregrine Bratschi

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Chemistry in Our World 1
Dates: Thursdays, 9/5 – 10/3 (Inclement weather day: October 10) 
Time: 9:15 am -11:15 am

Chemistry in Our World 2

Dates: Thursdays, 10/17 - 11/14 (Inclement weather day: November 21) 
Time: 9:15 am -11:15 am

We will explore age-appropriate chemistry concepts such as states of matter, polymers, acids and bases, solutions, density, and chemical reactions by looking at chemistry in daily life. Our exploration will include slime and goo, bubbles, crystals, cooking, boats, chemistry crafts, magical motion, and more. Each class will focus on a different chemistry concept in relation to something that we experience in daily life. Each five-week class session can stand on its own, or take both for a more complete chemistry experience. 

Instructor: Susan Stines

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Grades 3-5

Nature Explorers
Dates: Tuesdays, September 3 — November 12, no class on October 8 (Inclement weather days: October 8 and November 19)
Time: 9:15 am — 12:15 pm
Price: Members: $300, non-members: $330

In this completely outdoor, child-directed adventure, students will deepen their understanding of the natural world while building their connection with the creek, the forest and each other. While exploring the natural environment adjoining the Museum of Life and Science, including Ellerbe Creek, we will build on student discoveries that elicit curiosity and interest through observation, discussion, 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: Peregrine Bratschi

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Project: Invent
Dates: Wednesdays, September 4 — November 13, no class on October 9 (Inclement weather days: October 9 and November 20)
Time: 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

Do you have an elementary school maker at home? Does your child enjoy building and creating? If so, there is a class for that! Project: Invent is a project-based homeschool class for 3rd-grade - 5th-grade students. Each 10-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. This session will focus on challenges surrounding architecture.

Inventors will utilize the engineering design process to develop problem-solving (and finding!) skills as they tackle projects with the assistance of our educators. The science behind architecture lets inventors construct and create while exploring how we build the world around us. Each session will be packed full of opportunities to explore science and spark their imaginations.

Instructor: Peregrine Bratschi

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Chemistry in Our World 1
Dates: Tuesdays, September 5 — October 3 (Inclement weather day: October 10)
Time: 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

Chemistry in Our World 2
Dates: Tuesdays, October 17 — November 14 (Inclement weather day: November 21)
Time: 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

We will explore age-appropriate chemistry concepts such as states of matter, polymers, acids and bases, solutions, density, and chemical reactions by looking at chemistry in daily life. Our exploration will include slime and goo, bubbles, crystals, cooking, boats, chemistry crafts, magical motion, and more. Each class will focus on a different chemistry concept in relation to something that we experience in daily life. Each five-week class session can stand on its own, or take both for a more complete chemistry experience. 

Instructor: Susan Stines

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Grades 6-8

Exploring Chemistry 1:  Investigations of Matter
Dates: Tuesdays, September 3 — October 1 (Inclement weather day: October 8)
Time: 9:15 am — 12:15 pm
Price: Members: $150, non-members: $165

Through experiments, modeling, and demonstrations students will explore the parts that make up the whole of our universe through investigating solids, liquids, and gases and their behavior under a variety of conditions. By gaining an understanding that matter is composed of atoms and molecules that can react with each other and are in constant motion, students will begin to understand much more of the world around them, and be able to apply that knowledge to the interactions they notice every day.

Instructor: Susan Stines

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Exploring Chemistry 2: Chemical Reactions
Dates: Tuesdays, October 15 — November 12 (Inclement weather day: November 19)
Time: 9:15 am — 12:15 pm
Price: Members: $150, non-members: $165

Students will more deeply explore the structure of the atom, gaining an understanding of energy levels in atoms and what that means for their characteristics, bonding, and their location in the periodic table. Once the trends of the periodic table are understood, students will engage in chemical experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that increase the understanding of chemical equations, acids and bases, and what affects chemical reactions.

Instructor: Susan Stines

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Project: Innovate
Dates: Tuesdays, September 3 — November 12, no class on October 8 (Inclement weather days: October 8 and November 19)
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 is a class for that! Project: Innovate is a project-based homeschool class for middle school students. Each 10-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. This session will focus on fabrication while incorporating the interests and skill-levels of our participants for a truly unique experience. 

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 explore how things are made. We’ll focus on the tools and methods used in 3D printing, laser cutting, and other manufacturing processes. 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.

 

Pricing 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

 

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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