homeschool roomLet these hands-on classes for children ages 7 and older enhance your STEM curriculum studies.

$11 Members / $13 non-members per child per class. Advance registration required. You can register online, call 815-963-6769  or stop by our office during normal business hours. Registration closes 4:00 pm Friday the week before class. Payment must accompany registration. 

Registration begins August 22 for Members and August 24 for the Public.

Cancellation policy: Refunds are available through the close of registration, minus 10%. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.

If you are having trouble registering, please contact us at 815-963-6769.


Homeschool Classes Fall 2017

Ages: 7 & up

Class times: 10:30 am-Noon


Great Balls of Fire: Planets Near and Far - Click here to register!

Wednesday, September 27
Explore ice worlds like a space probe, put the planets in your pocket, and make a model that matches size and distance. Learn where to spot these bright objects in the night sky, and enjoy a journey through the cosmos in Discovery Center’s planetarium.


Great Balls of Fire: Sun and Stars - Click here to register!

Wednesday, October 11
Mimic what astronomers do to find the fingerprints of distant suns. Construct your own spectroscope, explore invisible light, and discover how we know what we know about stars as we map the sun and create a 3-D model of our own star.


Great Balls of Fire: Rocks in Space - Click here to register!

Wednesday, October 25
Modify trajectories as we model the forces that affect an asteroid field. Discover what puts the glow in a shooting star, and create your own craters. Hold a comet in you hand, then put one on a string and enjoy a live science demo just for you!


Nanoscale Science: Size Matters - Click here to register!

Wednesday, November 8
Instant color changes, fountains of foam, and sticky water are just the beginning! Witness amazing reactions that change speed when repeated on a smaller scale. Explore surface area, create an open jar that won’t leak when held upside-down, and manufacture a “mini-me” as we explore a world of science on the nanoscale.


Nanoscale Science: Itty Bitty = Big Difference - Click here to register!

Wednesday, November 29
Greeting cards that sing, pants that don’t stain, and paper that changes color are only a few of the technologies you’ve already encountered, thanks to science on the molecular level. Explore naturally-occurring nano-scale phenomenon, and gain understanding through macro models of why it works.


Science of a Simple Sort - Click here to register!

Wednesday, December 13
Make like Carl Linnaeus and get into the taxonomy of plants, animals... even aliens! Create categories and invent your own binomial nomenclature as you decide the importance of properties and what goes where. Then put your science skills to the test to correctly classify evergreens.


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