Homeschool Program

 

The Museum of Life and Science offers a variety of 10-week classes for homeschooled elementary, middle and high school students. Each class meets once a week for two or 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 and carefully promote an environment of discovery using first hand experience as our primary teacher.

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Helpful Tips to Get You Started

  • All classes start the week of September 11 and end the week of November 13, 2017.
  • Registration will open June 6, 2017 at 9am.
  • Questions? Visit our FAQ Page.

WONDERING WHICH CLASS TO CHOOSE?

Register for the class appropriate to the grade your student will enter in Fall 2017. We recommend the following ages for each grade. Exceptions must be approved by the program coordinator and the class teacher and can be requested by emailing homeschool@ncmls.org.

Grade Age on September 1, 2017
K-2nd 5-7
3rd-5th 8-10
6th-8th 11-13
9th-11th 14-16

 

Program Options

All classes start the week of September 11 and end the week of November 13, 2017

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Class Descriptions

 

Grades K-2

The Earth in the Universe—Trimester I
Dates: Tuesday, 9/12 - 11/14/2017
Time: 9:15 - 11:15 am
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

This is an interactive, hands-on introduction to the universe, beginning with an in depth study of the planet Earth. Over three 10-week sessions, students will explore and discuss the features and patterns of the Earth, moon and sun systems. Experiments, class discussion, and a variety of resources will enable the students to take on the role of scientists, using specific procedures and recording results to immerse themselves in physical science. Using the Museum’s unique outdoor campus, students will explore and discuss Earth’s history and physical properties, such as, land and water forms, various types of rocks and minerals, and plate tectonics. As students learn about the various land and water forms, they will work with maps and globes to both identify the specific continents and oceans found on our planet and find their own place in the universe. Topics of student learning will include astronomy, geography, geology and chemistry.


Amazing Animals
Dates: Thursday, 9/14 - 11/16/2017
Times: 9:15 - 11:15 am
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

This hands-on, exploratory class will give students the chance to investigate the amazing animal kingdom with a variety of science activities, games, labs, and crafts. Students will also enjoy weekly adventures into the Museum and grounds to learn from the many animals on-site, including bears, red wolves, lemurs, reptiles, small mammals and insects. They will observe and learn about general characteristics and specific examples from the two main animal groups: the vertebrates and the invertebrates. Over the ten weeks students will become junior zoologists as they discover similarities and differences between the many groups of animals, explore the idea of inherited traits, and gain a natural understanding of the basics of taxonomy. The class will also get a chance to meet an animal keeper and learn about animal care at the Museum.


Nature Explorers - Full, Use the Waitlist Here
Dates: Wednesday, 9/13 – 11/15/2017
Times: 9:15 - 12:15pm
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, 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.


STEM FUNdamentals with LEGO®
Dates: Wednesday, 9/13 - 11/15/2017
Time: 9:15 - 11:15 am
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

Power on 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 snowmobiles, towers, catapults, and battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level

Grades 3-5

The Earth in the Universe—Trimester I
Dates: Tuesday, 9/12 - 11/14/2017
Time: 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

This is an interactive, hands-on introduction to the universe, beginning with an in depth study of the planet Earth. Over three 10-week sessions, students will explore and discuss the features and patterns of the Earth, moon and sun systems. Experiments, class discussion, and a variety of resources will enable the students to take on the role of scientists, using specific procedures and recording results to immerse themselves in physical science. Using the Museum’s unique outdoor campus, students will explore and discuss Earth’s history and physical properties, such as, land and water forms, various types of rocks and minerals, and plate tectonics. As students learn about the various land and water forms, they will work with maps and globes to both identify the specific continents and oceans found on our planet and find their own place in the universe. Topics of student learning will include astronomy, geography, geology and chemistry.


Amazing Animals
Dates: Thursday, 9/14 - 11/16/2017
Times: 12:15 - 2:15 pm
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

This hands-on, exploratory class will give students the chance to investigate the amazing animal kingdom with a variety of science activities, games, labs, and crafts. Students will also enjoy weekly adventures into the Museum and grounds to learn from the many animals on-site, including bears, red wolves, lemurs, reptiles, small mammals and insects. They will observe and learn about general characteristics and specific examples from the two main animal groups: the vertebrates and the invertebrates. Over the ten weeks students will become junior zoologists as they discover similarities and differences between the many groups of animals, explore the idea of inherited traits, and gain a natural understanding of the basics of taxonomy. The class will also get a chance to meet an animal keeper and learn about animal care at the Museum.


Nature Explorers
Dates: Wednesday, 9/13 – 11/15/2017
Times: 9:15 - 12:15pm
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, 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.


STEM FUNdamentals with LEGO®
Dates: Wednesday, 9/13 - 11/15/2017
Time: 9:15 - 11:15 am
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

Power on 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 snowmobiles, towers, catapults, and battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level

Grades 6-8

Genetics and Conservation - Full, Use the Waitlist Here
Dates: Tuesday, 9/12 - 11/14/2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Price: Members: $300, non-members: $330

Discover the world of genetics through a case study of the endangered red wolf. The Museum is home to a breeding pair of red wolves that are a part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), a collection of zoos and nature centers around the United States that are committed to conservation. SSP facilities make breeding and non-breeding recommendations to ensure genetic diversity of endangered species and work on projects that involve education, veterinary care, and field research. Using the red wolf case study, our class will explore genetics topics including inheritance, variation, DNA, meiosis and mitosis, heredity, Punnett Squares, genotypes and phenotypes, dominant and recessive traits, and genetic diseases. In addition to the red wolves, we will also explore variation and heredity in a variety of other organisms at the Museum, including vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and microorganisms. We will use hands-on, inquiry-based labs and activities in the classroom and around the Museum to inspire curiosity and engagement in the field of genetics.

An optional 30-minute supervised lunch period (12:00pm-12:30pm) is available for $30 for the course. Students must bring a lunch from home.


Environmental Science: Ellerbe Creek Study—Semester I
Tuesday, 9/12 - 11/14/2017
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Price: Members: $300, non-members: $330

This middle school environmental science class will be an intensive hands-on study of Ellerbe Creek. Each class will begin in the lab with an introduction of concepts and controlled experimentation, followed by a field portion for observing and collecting data and specimens at the creek. In the first semester of class, students will build an understanding of the stream ecosystem by investigating the physical, chemical and biological forces shaping the creek. The second semester will expand on these hydrologic skills to construct an understanding of how river systems function, from headwater streams such as Ellerbe Creek to the mighty rivers that flow into the ocean. This will include field work in the Museum wetland to examine its role in stream health and ecology. We will compare our findings with data gathered from streams throughout our river basin as we discuss current theories of river processes.

An optional 30-minute supervised lunch period (12:00pm-12:30pm) is available for $30 for the course. Students must bring a lunch from home.

Semester II
Dates: Tuesday 3/13—5/22/2018
Time: 12:30—3:30pm
Price: Members: $300, non-members: $330
Registration starts after the Fall 2017 semester.


Project: TinkerTech After School Club
Dates: Tuesday, 9/12-11/14/2017
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Price: Members: $200, non-members: $220

Project: TinkerTech has arrived! This project-based club for middle school students takes place during the 2017/2018 school year. Each ten-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. Themes are determined by the interests and levels of our participants for a truly unique experience. Participants in this learner-driven program will utilize the engineering design process to develop problem solving (and finding!) skills as they tackle projects with the assistance of our educators. Create a heart valve. Program micro-computers. Practice prototyping and develop iterative design skills. No matter the project, each session will be packed full of opportunities to explore science and know wonder.

Note: This club is open to both homeschooled and non-homeschooled students, and registration will open July 14, 2017.

Register for Project: Tinkertech Here!


Project: TinkerTech Study Session (Optional)
Dates: Tuesday, 9/12-11/14/2017
Time: 2:45 - 3:30 pm
Price: $30

Project: TinkerTech will also offer an additional study period for interested students. This is a facilitated early drop-off class. The price of the study session covers all ten weeks.

Note: This club is open to both homeschooled and non-homeschooled students, and registration will open July 14, 2017.

Grades 9-11

High School Biology—Semester I
Dates: Thursday, 9/14 - 11/16/2017
Time: 1:30 - 4:30pm
Price per semester: Members: $350, non-members: $385

This challenging two-semester high school honors level course will provide a conceptual framework for modern biology based on science as process. Students will gain personal experience in scientific inquiry and an understanding of the unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology. Students will encounter a significant amount of new information and vocabulary in this fast paced course. Content will be organized around themes of molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. The course will include inquiry-based labs required for AP Biology. Class time will be devoted to labs and discussion, and students are required to cover reading, video lectures, and associated assignments outside of class time. Students will submit written lab reports as well as one research paper.

Semester II
Dates: Thursday 2/1—4/12/2018
Time: 1:30—4:30pm
Price: Members $350, non-members: $385
Registration starts after the Fall 2017 semester.

In addition to the two 10-week semesters, we will offer two mini-sessions on special topics:

  • Four weeks of a unique enrichment opportunity to participate in an in-depth study of genetics and conservation biology based around the Museum’s own mating pair of endangered red wolves!
    Dates: Thursdays 1/4-1/25/2018
    Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
    Price: Members: $120, non-members: $135
  • Exam preparation and review to help students get ready for the AP Biology Exam on May 14.
    Dates: Thursdays 4/19-5/10/2018
    Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
    Price: Members: $120, non-members: $135

 

 

Prices and Booking

Two Hour Class Prices
Members: $200 per 10-week session
Non-members: $220 per 10-week session

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
Members: $350 per 10-week session
Non-members: $385 per 10-week session

Registration Dates
Registration opens in early June June 6, 2017 at 9am
Registration closes September 6, 2017, at 3:00pm

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Changes and Cancellations
The Museum can grant refunds and perform session changes only when received by Sunday, August 20, 2017. Each session change or refund comes with a $30.00 processing fee per class. After August 20, 2017 we are not able to process any changes or refunds.

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