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January Homeschool Descriptions

Enrichment Programs:

Advanced Bubbleology (Ages 10-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Bubbles are a lot of fun, but they’re also serious science! Explore optics, chemistry, and math through experiments with bubbles and soap films.

Asteroid Impacts (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 30 minutes
Craters from asteroid impacts mark our planet and others around the solar system. Locate and observe some of these craters on the Science on a Sphere globe and find out what scientists are doing to avoid future impacts on Earth.

Attractive Predictions (Ages 9-13)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Make predictions about the behavior of magnets and mysterious materials. Perform experiments to test your predictions. How will you explain a surprising result?

Balance Busters (Ages 8-10)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Explore how your muscles, eyes, and ears work together to keep your body balanced – by seeing what happens when they don’t!

Brilliant Biomes (Ages 6-8)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Explore the various ecosystems that make up the planet. Learn how different plants and animals adapt to different living conditions.

Bug Bytes (Ages 5-7)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Join a virtual bug hunt while you discover pollinators, decomposers, and arachnids. Learn what characteristics make a bug an insect, explore the stages of metamorphosis, and observe live specimens.

Carbon in Motion (Ages 8-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Carbon is an essential building block to life on Earth. So how can more carbon in our atmosphere be a bad thing? Explore the many forms of carbon, how it moves through Earth’s systems, and how carbon can become trapped in the atmosphere.

Chromatography (Ages 12-16)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Practice three different ways to separate mixtures using chromatography, a classic chemistry technique. Analyze chemical properties of different substances in a visual format.

Circuits (Ages 8-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Investigate conductors, insulators, and what is needed to complete a circuit. Compare different types of circuits and enjoy a hands-on circuit-building experience.

Coding Decoded (Ages 6-8)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
The world is full of different languages but did you know that electronics have their own languages? Learn the basics of coding with hands-on activities and games.

Cracking Crystals (Ages 12-16)
Capacity: 12 students
Length: 45 minutes
Prepare slides and observe the formation and growth of crystals through a microscope. Model different crystal structures and compare their geometries.

Earth vs. Mars (Ages 8-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Play a match game to discover how Earth and Mars are different, but also similar in many ways.
Find out what you would need to pack for a trip to Mars and how long it would take to travel to the Red Planet.

Explore the Force (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
We can’t see gravity, but we can know its influence. It keeps us down to Earth, pulls things into black holes, and helped to form galaxies, stars, and planets. Experiment with gravity and discover how it shapes the universe.

Hands on Hands (Ages 10-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Discover how tendons and muscles interact to reanimate a real chicken foot. Apply what you learn to move your fingers as you investigate a working model of a human hand.

I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff (Ages 3-5)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Literacy and science combine as we explore a classic fairy tale. Build a house with different materials and see if it can stand up to the Big Bad Wolf.

Industrial Design (Ages 8-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
A good package makes you wonder what’s inside while protecting the contents from the bumps and shakes that come with being shipped from here to there. Use math, design, and art to engineer an imaginative and innovative container that highlights the qualities of the cargo within.

It’s Cool in Your School (Ages 12-16)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Learn about the science of cryogenics using liquid nitrogen. Witness the relationship between pressure, volume, and temperature and explore how materials react to extreme cold.

Jitter Critters (Ages 9-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Motorized mayhem! Learn about basic circuit components while you design and build your own take-home circuit critter.

Modeling Microscopes (Ages 14-18)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
SEM and TEM, and AFM, oh my! Explore the world of microscopes beyond light through lenses. Understand several types of non-optical microscopes by using models to generate images of small or hidden objects.

Motorcraft (Ages 10-16)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 90 minutes (double session)
What is a motor and how do they work? Investigate the science behind motors and create your own motorized gadget to take home.

Night Under the Stars (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 25 people
Length: 60 minutes
View the wonders of the night sky, including this season’s planet Uranus and the Orion Nebula. (This program is dependent on clear weather.)

Operation Illumination (Ages 10-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Investigate the wonders of light. Mix colors, experiment with shadows, and explore reflection, refraction, and absorption. Learn how some things can glow in the dark.

Our Star, the Sun (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 25 students
Length: 45 minutes
Find out how sunspots and solar storms are related. Weather permitting, get a safe view of the Sun and solar features of the day.

Perplexing Perspectives (Ages 10-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Discover anamorphosis, the art and science of distorted images. Explore the optics of cylindrical mirrors, experiment with spatial relationships using coordinate geometry, and design your own optical illusion.

Simple Machines (Ages 3-5)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Simple machines make work easier, and lighten the load. Play with pulleys, investigate inclined planes, and learn about levers, in this experiential physics class.

Spaced Out (Ages 8-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
How far is it to the nearest planets? How long would it take to travel to Mars, or even as far as Pluto? Make your own scale model of the solar system and discover how big the solar system is.

Soap Bubble Math (Ages 7-10)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Design a question to determine measurable information about soap bubbles. Gather and share data to solve mathematical problems.

Spongy Science (Ages 3-5)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Why do sponges grow when you put water on them, and how does that relate to plants getting water? Learn about the science of absorption while doing fun experiments about nature.

Super Sun (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 30 minutes
Focus on solar activity and current images from spacecraft watching the Sun. Explore the Sun’s features, including sunspots displayed on a six foot suspended globe.

Toys in Space (Ages 8-13)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Fly, roll, or spin – explore the complexity of simple actions and reactions. Using toys, experiment with how they work under the influence of gravity on Earth and predict how they would respond to microgravity in space. Think like an astronaut and dream up new ways to test, play with, and use toys in space.

Water Bead Exploration (Ages 9-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Explore the amazing qualities of water beads and innovate new uses through exploration with a variety of tools and materials. See how they behave in different liquids, chop them up to construct towers of light, and build your very own water bead microscope to take home. How many uses for these miraculous, squishy little orbs can you discover?

What’s in the Water (Ages 5-7)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Observe organisms in different types of water. Experiment and find out how water organisms obtain oxygen. Learn what makes water polluted and how you can clean it.

Who Dunnit? (Ages 9-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Learn how forensic scientists use blood and DNA evidence to help solve mysteries. Analyze samples to determine blood types, decipher a DNA fingerprint, and use the clues to catch the culprit!

Ziploc Chemistry (Ages 8-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Conduct chemistry in a plastic bag to learn the difference between an endothermic and exothermic reaction. Follow the scientific method and design your own experiment to identify the mystery chemicals.

Planetarium:

2018 Sky Highlights (Ages 8-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
Start planning for this year’s sky events. Find out when and where to see planets at their best and look for eye-catching pairings of the Moon with bright stars and planets.

Beyond Your Backyard Sky (Ages 9-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
A backyard exploration of the night sky sets the stage of your trip through space from the solar system through the Milky Way galaxy.

Eyes vs. Scopes (Ages 9-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
Your eyes are limited in how much and how far they can see. Expand your eye’s view of the sky and see how different it looks through a telescope. Explore images from the Hubble Space Telescope and others to reveal the hidden universe.

Meet the Solar System (Ages 4-7)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
This introduction to our family of the Sun features crayon likenesses of the Sun, Moon, planets and more. In this friendly first encounter of our solar system’s primary members, you’ll practice object names and learn what makes them special.

Mystifying Moon (Ages 6-9)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
Why is the Moon sometimes in the night sky and sometimes visible during the day? Why does the Moon look different through the month? After demystifying the Moon’s changing shape and position in the sky you will put a creative spin on surveying its surface features.

Shapes in the Night Sky (Ages 5-8)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
Look to the stars and search for shapes that form favorite constellations – then imagine your own. Dream up a story for your personal constellation.

Solar Superstorms (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
See stunning views of the inner workings of the Sun and dive into its seething interior. Understand how life and technologies are vulnerable to the power of the Sun. Time is allotted for solar Q&A and up-to-date views, events and missions.

IMAX Shows:

Beavers (Ages 4 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 35 minutes
It’s a timeless tale of action and adventure following the life and rich aquatic habitat of one of nature’s greatest engineers set against the broad canvas of the majestic Canadian Rockies. Trek through the Canadian Rockies with a family of beavers as they fell trees, construct their lodge, evade the forest’s predators, and transform their environment.

Deep Sea (Ages 8 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 40 minutes
The balance of Earth’s ecosystems is continually changing and is most apparent in the fascinating world beneath the sea. Swim with some of our planet’s unique, dangerous, and colorful creatures. Explore the tenuous balance between predator, prey, and symbiotic relationships between creatures and the sea.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World (Ages 8 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 40 minutes
From the world’s tallest building to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, this film celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

Flight of the Butterflies (Ages 8 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 45 minutes
Follow the migration of the monarch butterfly from Mexico to Canada and a determined scientist’s decades-long search to find their hidden overwintering sites. Watch their amazing transformation from pupa to adult monarch. See hundreds of millions of migrating monarchs in the remote mountains of central Mexico.

Forces of Nature (Ages 8 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 40 minutes
Witness the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes, and severe storms as you follow scientists on their quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. Watch first hand as volcanoes erupt, earthquakes tremble, and tornadoes lash the sky, and explore the origins and effects of these fascinating natural forces. A National Geographic production.

Journey to Space (Ages 8 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 40 minutes
Examine the challenges of sending humans into deep space, including a roundtrip voyage to Mars brought to life on the IMAX screen. Learn about the important role of the International Space Station. Discover how NASA’s shuttle program has led to an exciting new era of space exploration.