Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center of Mobile,AL

Homeschool Programs

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Homeschool programs are back! The Gulf Coast Exploreum has exciting homeschool classes available for families looking to supplement their science curriculum. Explore physics, biology, engineering and more! Our classes are tailored for a variety of ages and provide educational programming, hands-on experiments, and time to socialize with other young scientists. Best of all, there are no explosions in your home! Join us for hands-on, age-appropriate science lessons to foster curiosity and discovery in support of what your kids are learning at home. (Parent or guardian admission is included in student admission price)

 

UPDATE: The PreK-1st Grade and 2nd-4th Grade Classes are full for the entire Fall Semester! Parents are welcome to add their child’s name to a wait list. However, there is still plenty of availability in the 5th-7th Grade and 8th-12th Grade Classes.

 

Download (See schedule below): Class Descriptions (PDF)

Download (Registration Form): Exploreum Home School Classes Fall 2017 (PDF)

 

 

August 25th – Zoology I

 

PreK4-1st Grade – Learn about the different types of animals that make up the animal kingdom. Projects will explore the differences between Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, and Birds.

 

2nd-4th Grade – Animal Classification! Students will learn about Biological Classification! This is how scientists categorize and organize all of life. Students will explore how similar or different living organisms are to each other. They will also discover the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates and see real animal skulls.

 

5th– 7th Grade – Delve into the world of herpetology with the help of the Exploreum’s reptilian residents! Student will learn about what makes reptiles so special compared the other members of the animal kingdom including – their amazing adaptations, their location and habitat ranges, and even their patterns.

 

8th-12th Grade – Animal Cells and Tissues Lab: Our first homeschool class dives into the fascinating world of Histology. Students will learn about the many different types of tissues that can be found in humans, animals, and plants. We will learn the proper classifications and how to identify different types of epithelial tissues, compare and contrast the different types of connective tissues, and learn about the three different types of muscles.

 

 

September 8th – Zoology II

 

PreK4-1st Grade – Learn about where animals live in the wild and how they adapt to their surroundings. Projects will explore the different environments that provide animals with their homes.

 

2nd-4th Grade – Animal Adaptations! Students will learn about how animals adapt to their habitats. It may be physical adaptations or behavioral adaptations! Students will uncover the facts solving the mystery behind Owls, Stick Bugs, Chameleons, and more! They will also play an animal guessing game of “whose feather is this?”

 

5th– 7th Grade – During this lesson, students will examine the remarkable adaptation of animals. Students will discuss the grouping, feeding, and hibernation behaviors of animals and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these actions. How exactly do these animals benefit from being so strange?

 

8th-12th Grade – Taxonomy Lab- Who is in my family?: Living in the modern age can make it incredibly hard to appreciate the amount of biodiversity of life on Earth. However, technology has provided new and creative ways to classify, and categorize animals based on their shared physical and genetic traits. In this lab, students will learn how to interpret a dichotomous key, as well as develop their very own digital 3-Dimensional dichotomous “Web”.

 

 

September 22nd– Astronomy I

 

PreK4-1st Grade – Learn about the different Planets in our solar system and what makes them unique. Projects will explore the types of planets and moons that make up our space neighborhood.

 

2nd-4th Grade – The Universe! Students will learn about the giant Universe we live in! The universe contains everything that exists including the Earth, planets, stars, space, and galaxies. Students will focus on the Galaxies and Stars to learn about how they are formed! They will also explore and make galaxy slime.

 

5th– 7th Grade – Study the stars and their lifecycles! During this lesson, students will look at different stars throughout our galaxy and examine how each stage changes how the star acts and how it changes the surrounding landscape of outer space. From the great red giants to the tiny dwarf stars, come and investigate how solar systems are born!

 

8th-12th Grade – Science and Exploration of the Universe: Space exploration has always seemed fictional, but how much is really fact and fairytale? In this lab we will explore a universe of black holes, dark matter, and quasars; a universe full of extremely high energies, high densities, high pressures, and extremely intense magnetic fields, which allow us to test our understanding of the laws of physics.

 

 

October 6th– Astronomy II

 

PreK4-1st Grade – Learn about the other celestial objects that inhabit or visit our solar system. Projects will explore comets, asteroids, meteors, and the sun.

 

2nd-4th Grade – Space Junk! Students will learn about all the random objects that make up Space. Of course, this means asteroids, meteorites, and even comets. Student will discover where they come from and what they are made out of. They will also understand how we are protected from these object and explore the craters they leave on other planets!

 

5th– 7th Grade – Nebulas can be some of the most beautiful features of our galaxy with their strange shapes and vibrant colors. In this lesson, students will learn about just what exactly a nebula is, how they are created, and take a look at some of the most famous in the galaxy. Students will also create their own miniature nebula to take home with them!

 

8th-12th Grade – Galaxies and Beyond: In an ever expanding universe, the Milky Way is just one of billions of galaxies. We are going on an adventure in the final frontier to learn more about the different types of galaxies, gravitational expansion, and galaxy interactions.

 

 

October 20th– Engineering I

 

PreK4-1st Grade – Learn about simple machines and what makes them so special. Projects will explore how machines make everyday life much easier by lessening our work load.

 

2nd-4th Grade – Car Power! Students will learn about different ways to power cars. Alternative energy such as solar power and biofuels can help us be more environmentally friendly. Students will explore converting plants into biofuels and play with magnetic cars! They will also build solar cars.

 

5th– 7th Grade – How sturdy are your structures? The best engineers know solid construction can mean the difference between collapse and lasting forever. Students will test their own skills by creating their own structures and testing their strength against shaking foundations! After seeing whichstructures survive the extreme conditions, we will be comparing and contrasting the different construction techniques.

 

8th-12th Grade – Circuits in Series: Students will investigate the current flow and voltages in series and parallel circuits. We will then investigate Ohm’s law and how we can use it to calculate equivalent resistance of series and parallel circuits. You’ll be “shocked” at how much you learn!

 

 

November 3rd– Engineering II

 

PreK4-1st Grade – Learn about how to create simple bridges that will stand up to the stress of heavy traffic. Projects will explore the materials used to make bridges and which are the strongest and most reliable.

 

2nd-4th Grade – Boat Power! Students will learn about why boats float and what makes them move. Understanding buoyancy, water displacement and boat hulls will answer it all! Students will discover different types of boat and even make their very own.

 

5th– 7th Grade – How can we use engineering? Students will use and study the power of hydraulics to discover how we can use engineering to perform a variety of tasks, focusing on lifting different objects. This buildable activity will allow students to get hands-on with engineering their own lifts to see just what their creations can achieve.

 

8th-12th Grade – Zipline Forces: In this lab we will be studying forces by engineering our very own mini zip-lines. Students will use basic trigonometric functions to learn about velocity, acceleration, acceleration due to gravity, and kinetic friction. Using this knowledge, students will then compete to make their zip-lines as fast as possible, without breaking fragile cargo.

 

 

November 17th– Meteorology

 

PreK4-1st Grade – Learn all about the weather systems that affect the Gulf Coast Region. Projects will explore how weather changes the way we go throughout our days here in Mobile.

 

2nd-4th Grade – Dangerous Weather! Students will learn about weather that can be a little scary but very interesting. Thunderstorms, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes are no fun but full of science! Students will explore thunder, lightning and wind! They will also create tornado bottles!

 

5th– 7th Grade – What causes hurricanes? During this lesson, students will study extreme weather and look at the atmospheric conditions that case this weather to form and how experts have been studying each of these powerful forms of weather. Students will examine thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornados in this jam-packed meteorology lesson!

 

8th-12th Grade – Weather “Fronts”: The amount of water present in the air, whether it is in the solid, liquid, or gaseous state, plays an important role in the weather experienced on Earth. The amount of water in the atmosphere varies considerably from place to place and, therefore, can have a profound impact on how different locations experience changes in weather. Students will investigate this relationship, learn how to measure relative humidity, and observe the affects of weather changes on mini-biomes.

 

All classes are approximately 60 minutes in length and will begin at 2pm. Please call our Education Department at 251.208.6818 for more information.