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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

  • Registration for Winter 2019 classes is open.
  • Classes for all students start the week of January 7 and end the week of February 25.
  • Questions? Visit our FAQ Page.

WONDERING WHICH CLASS TO CHOOSE?

Register for the class appropriate to the grade your student entered in Fall 2018. 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, 2018
K-2nd 5-7
3rd-5th 8-10
6th-8th 11-13
9th-11th 14-16

 

Winter 2019 Classes

Download the 2019 Winter and Spring Class Schedule Here

Class Descriptions

Grades K-2

Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials
Dates: Wednesdays, January 9 — February 27 (Inclement weather days: March 6 and 13)
Time: 9:15 am — 11:15 am
Member Fee: $160; Non-Member Fee: $180

Give your imagination a boost with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Cities, Garbage Trucks, Catamarans, and Dinosaurs. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Grades 3-5

STEM challenge with LEGO® Materials
Dates: Wednesdays, January 9 — February 27 (Inclement weather days: March 6 and 13)
Time: 11:45 am — 1:45 pm
Member Fee: $160; Non-Member Fee: $180

Gear up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Forklifts, Houseboats, Mini Golf Courses, and the London Tower Bridge Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Grades 9-11

The Red Wolf Project
Dates: Wednesdays, January 16 — February 6 (Inclement weather days: February 13 and 20)
Time: 1:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Member Fee: $140; Non-Member Fee: $155

Students will immerse themselves in the biology of the critically endangered red wolves and the Museum of Life and Science’s role in saving this species. Students will examine population biology and the genetic challenges of conserving a tiny population. They will learn how programs for captive breeding and reintroduction to the wild work, as well as what scientists are learning from these efforts. Students will perform experiments in molecular biology, examine wolf behavior in captivity and participate in a species survival citizen science project. Students will meet scientists working with the red wolves and expand upon these lessons to address big questions in conservation biology. Students will receive brief out of class readings and additional optional homework assignments to deepen their understanding of topics covered in class.

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Spring 2019 Classes

Download the 2019 Winter and Spring Class Schedule Here

Class Descriptions

 

Grades K-2

Amazing Animal Senses
Dates: Tuesdays, March 5 — May 14, no class on March 26 (Inclement weather days: May 21 and 28)
Time: 9:30 am — 11:30 am
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.  

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. 

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Drawing on Nature: Art in the Woods
Dates: Thursdays, March 7 — May 16, no class on March 28 (Inclement weather days: May 23 and 30)
Time: 9:15 am — 11:15 am
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

This class is fully devoted to nurturing and developing the skills of transporting nature’s beauty to paper with pencils and paints. For example, if we go out to collect leaves we will discuss the different parts of the leaf and the process of photosynthesis. The class will include short hikes and activities that will involve collecting natural materials that will be used to aid in creating nature art. 

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Grades 3-5

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.  

Register for THIS Class!

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.

Register for THIS Class!

Drawing on Nature: Art in the Woods (ages 7-10)
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

This class is fully devoted to nurturing and developing the skills of transporting nature’s beauty to paper with pencils and paints. In addition, the scientific content of each class will focus on the material collected. For example, if we go out to collect leaves we will discuss the different parts of the leaf and the process of photosynthesis. The class will include short hikes and activities that will involve collecting natural materials that will be used to aid in creating nature art.

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Grades 6-8

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: $200, non-members: $220

This introductory course will focus on the structure and function of plants, using dichotomous keys for plant identification, and investigating how plants form the basis of ecosystems. We’ll explore local ecology, identify invasive species, and apply agriculture practices and forestry concepts through labs. Despite its January start date, students should dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves. This course is geared for 6-8thgraders who have not yet taken a high school biology course.  A field guide is recommended.  

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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.

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Grades 9-11

High School Environmental Science — Semester II
Dates: Thursdays, January 24 — April 4, no class on March 28 (Inclement weather days: February 26 and March 28)
Time: 1:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Price per semester: Members: $350, non-members: $385

Building on the foundations from the first semester, our second semester consists of the sociopolitical impacts of natural resource management. We’ll look at oceans, energy resource, biotechnology, climate change, and population dynamics. Students will have the opportunity to investigate issues in depth.

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High School Environmental Science — Topics on the AP Exam
Dates: Thursdays, April 11— May 2 
Time: 1:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Price: Members: $140, non-members: $155

Gearing up for the AP Environmental Science Exam. We’ll dig into online quizzes to target problem areas for clarification and apply our essay writing skills to the Free Response Questions.

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Prices and Booking

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

Two Hour Class Prices — 10 Week Session
Members: $200 
Non-members: $220 

Two Hour Class Prices — 8 Week Session
Members: $160 
Non-members: $180 

Three Hour Class Prices — Elementary and Middle School
Members: $300 per 10-week session
Non-members: $330 per 10-week session

Three Hour Class Prices — High School — 10 Week Session
Members: $350 per 10-week session
Non-members: $385 per 10-week session

Three Hour Class Prices — High School — 4 Week Session
Members: $140 per 4-week session
Non-members: $155 per 4-week session

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

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

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Changes and Cancellations
The Museum can grant refunds and perform session changes only when received three 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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