Homeschool Science Discovery Program
We have found that children learn best through experiences that inspire them to ask questions, use their senses, and discover for themselves what makes their world work. We offer a project based, high quality, and self-driven science program designed specifically for homeschooled children ages 5–13 years old.
Program Dates: October 2, 2019 – April 29, 2020 (No class 11/27, 12/25, 1/1, 4/8)
CuriOdyssey educators collaboratively with students, providing content expertise, teaching how to use science tools and materials, and creating a physically and emotionally safe place for students to follow their own creativity and interests to do amazing things.
Each homeschooler comes to the program with varying levels of knowledge, experience, and skills in science and engineering. Through individual and small group work, students attain science and engineering practices and concepts at a pace that matches their learning abilities. We will tailor the amount of structure and direction provided by the educators to the needs of the learner.
The homeschool program takes place on Wednesdays, with each class lasting three hours. The program runs from October through April. Having students over the course of a school year allows students a deeper exploration of the topic, ample time to create and work on their project(s), and develop an appropriate means to express what they learned and discovered.
Phase 1: Exploration
A more structured look at the theme where inquiry and experimentation is conducted, a deeper understanding of concepts established, and science and engineering skills are practiced and developed.
Phase 2: Experimentation
After a robust exploration of thematic content, students launch into their own projects and/or experiments. This can be in the form of building something, a research project, or experiment centered on whatever it was about the topic which caught their curiosity. CuriOdyssey educators support and work with homeschoolers to develop a project, create a work plan, provide science and engineering expertise, collaborate with others, persevere through challenges, and develop the skills needed to complete their project.
Phase 3: Expression
Towards the end of the program, students share their conclusions, lessons learned, and personal discoveries with others. This phase allows students to express themselves in a variety of ways, improve communication skills and foster important social-emotional skills.
2019/20 Content Topic
S.T.E.A.M. Experiences with Cardboard
What brings you pizza, is strong enough to park a car on, and is worth $100 per ton? This wonder material is cardboard! Corrugated cardboard specifically. What secret life does cardboard live before it gets to us or after we recycle it? Building with cardboard presents many opportunities, is easily accessible and available and can be explored and utilized across the sciences. Students will delve into, experiment on, and/or create with cardboard to discover its properties, uses, benefits and impacts on our lives and environment. Along the way, they also learn science and engineering processes, practical use of hand tools, and whatever physics, biology, or other skills needed to get creative with cardboard.
Program Dates: October 3, 2019 – April 29, 2020 (No class 11/27, 12/25, 1/1, 4/8)
Program Days/Times: Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm
Program Fee: CuriOdyssey Members: $1699/student; Non-members: $1899/student
The program fee will be billed in two equal installments of $849.50 for members, $949.50 for non-members. The first installment will be due at the time of registration, the second on or before January 15, 2020.
Registration for returning Homeschool families will be 8/5/19 – 8/26/19 and general registration will open on 8/29/19. If the program is full, students can be placed on a waitlist.
To register, download the Program Registration Form. Mac users please open this file with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Space is limited and registrations are on a first-come first-served basis. Please remember that if some or all of the program fees are being provided by Ocean Grove, you must first contact them and get a Purchase Order (PO) number, write the number on the CuriOdyssey registration form and submit it to CuriOdyssey.