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September Homeschool Descriptions

Enrichment Programs:

Art and the Cosmic Connection (Ages 8-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Discover science through art. Learn about the solar system with art in mind. Explore the geology of planetary objects and create art inspired by planetary images.

Beyond Building (Ages 9-11)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Investigate engineering beyond bridges and towers. Try building with waves by engineering sound and light, and break into the basics of code with computer engineering. Your final task will be to design a blueprint for a movie theater that incorporates your new skills.

Biology in a Bottle (Ages 9-11)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Explore the biological world found in our bio bottles. Identify things that are living and non-living, group types of plants and animals, and discover forms of life you’ve never seen before. Develop a model for how it all works together.

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.

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.

Crazy Chemistry (Ages 3-5)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Explore what happens when you mix things together to make something new. Color changes, fizzes, bubbles, and foam will get your mind moving. Warning: young scientists may get messy.

Deep Space Edition: Art & the Cosmic Connection (Ages 13-18)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 90 minutes (double session)
Create art inspired by deep space images across the electromagnetic spectrum. Split white light into the colors of the rainbow. Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and how using special telescopes and filters show us what we wouldn’t see otherwise. Find out how Hubble Space Telescope images have changed and improved.

DNA Discovery (Ages 8-11)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Analyze your own genetic traits and translate genetic codes to make a unique creature. Utilize laboratory procedures to extract real plant DNA and see it up close and in person.

Dry Ice: How Cool is That? (Ages 9-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Examine the special properties of carbon dioxide using dry ice. Check out how a fire extinguisher works, freeze some bubbles, and look at how this common substance impacts the world around us.

EcoHero (Ages 9-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Do you have what it takes to be an eco-hero? Explore a variety of ecosystems, learn about sustainable practices, and experiment with how these methods help keep systems in balance.

Fairy Tale Engineering (Ages 6-8)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
What if the clever princess with long hair built a rope ladder? Help us rewrite the stories of The Three Little Pigs, The Princess and the Pea, and Rapunzel by solving the characters’ problems with engineering.

Investigating Icy Worlds (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Investigate how scientists use remote-sensing satellites to learn about planets in the solar system using various wavelengths of light to analyze surface features.

Junior Biology in a Bottle (Ages 7-8)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Explore the biological world in our bio bottles. Identify things that are living and non-living, group types of plants and animals, and discover forms of life you’ve never seen before. Develop a model for how it all works together.

Make a Telescope (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 15 students
Length: 90 minutes (double session)
Make your own telescope to take home and do your own observations. Find out about the first telescope Galileo used to observe the sky and what discoveries he made. Discover the different types of telescopes and how they work, including the Hubble Space Telescope.

Moon Mysteries (Ages 8-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Puzzle out Moon myths and Moon truths and discover how the Moon affects Earth and your life. Make a Moon phase dial to take home.

Motorcraft (Ages 10-16)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
What is a motor and how do they work? Investigate the science behind motors and create your own motorized gadget to take home.

Noise Toys (Ages 6-8)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Learn how sound works, and discover when it can’t. Experiment with materials to create your own noise toys and make a stringed instrument you can tune yourself.

Our Star, the Sun (Ages 8-13)
Capacity: 25 people
Length: 40 minutes
Weather-permitting, see a safe view of the Sun and solar features of the day. Find out how solar features like sunspots and solar storms are related.

Pendulum Picasso (Ages 9-13)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Investigate the physics behind pendulums. Explore how different variables affect a pendulum’s swing and design a pendulum to create a unique masterpiece.

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.

Science of Fairy Tales (Ages 3-5)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Why was Miss Muffet afraid of a spider? How can a dish and spoon run? What makes a clock tick? Find out some fairy tale answers in this class.

Scope it Out (Ages 10-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
What makes a microscope different from a telescope? Why do some telescopes use mirrors instead of lenses? Experiment with refraction and reflection and discover how to use them to see both the very small and the very far.

Seeing the Sun (Ages 14-18)
Capacity: 25 people
Length: 40 minutes
Weather-permitting, see a safe view of the Sun and solar features of the day. Find out how solar features like sunspots and solar storms are related.

Sniff and Chew (Ages 3-5)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Have a sense-ational experience exploring two senses that work together: smell and taste. Match scents, make a smelly potpourri bag, and see if you can fool your tongue.

Solar System Laboratory (Ages 8-18)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 90 minutes (double session)
Recognize different types of map projections and see examples of solar system objects mapped. Create your own equirectangular map, which will be retained and scanned for digital display as a globe in a companion planetarium program the following week. (Companion program Solar System Laboratory Results is recommended)

Stats Lab (Ages 13-16)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Collect and analyze statistical data generated by toys and games. Calculate probabilities and compare predicted and observed outcomes.

Stretch and Squeeze (Ages 10-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Explore tension and compression and investigate how different materials react to being stretched and squeezed. Then create a work of tension art.

Sudsy Science (Ages 5-7)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Combine materials to make better a bubble solution. Experiment with various bubble wands, predict bubble shapes, and engineer your own bubble making tool.

Sun Wise (Ages 8-12)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
See what the sun looks like right now with real time images from NASA spacecraft. Use Earth and Sun models to explore the reasons for the seasons. Experiment with ultraviolet-sensitive beads that you can take home.

Synthetic Biology (Ages 14-18)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Survey ways that humans alter DNA for their own benefit. Discuss ethical issues related to engineered organisms and explore the intersection of technology and society.

Tricks of the Light (Ages 8-14)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
Available light impacts everything we see. Changing the light source can change the way things appear. Investigate the science of light and see if you will be tricked by the light.

What’s Crackin’ Kraken? (Ages 6-8)
Capacity: 20 students
Length: 45 minutes
What’s a nautilus and how is it related to an octopus? How is it that squid have no bones? Learn all about cephalopods and how we can use their skills to make new and exciting technology.

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!

Planetarium:

Beyond Our 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.

Black Holes:Journey into the Unknown (Ages 12-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 35 minutes
Consider a place where time stands still and where the unimaginable becomes reality. Welcome to the world of black holes.

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: 35 minutes
This introduction to the family of the Sun features crayon likenesses of the Sun, Moon, and planets. In this friendly first encounter of the solar system, you’ll practice planet names and learn what makes them special.

One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (Ages 2-7)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 35 minutes
Follow Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street.

Shapes in the Night Sky (Ages 5-8)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 40 minutes
Search for the shapes among the stars and constellations and rethink them into new star patterns. Dream up a story for your personal constellation.

Solar Superstorms (Ages 10-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 35 minutes
See stunning views of the inner workings of the Sun and dive into its seething interior. Get wrapped in the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that burst from the Sun’s surface in enormous flares and eruptions. Understand how modern technologies are vulnerable to the power of the Sun.

Solar System Laboratory Results (Ages 8-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
View student-created equirectangular maps translated into globes on the planetarium dome. Unique student works make up this one-time custom display of solar system objects. (Solar System Laboratory not required to attend this program).

Solar System Odyssey (Ages 8-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 35 minutes
Take a futuristic journey through the solar system on a mission to discover a new home to colonize.

To Space and Back (Ages 9-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 35 minutes
Understand your relationship with technology and how everyday you benefit from technology developed for space.

We Are Aliens (Ages 8-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 35 minutes
Explore how the understanding of life on Earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the universe.

What’s News in the Solar System (Ages 8-18)
Capacity: 140 people
Length: 45 minutes
Catch up om the latest missions across the solar system: the Cassini mission at Saturn comes to a close on Sept. 15, 2017; Juno is orbiting Jupiter; and Mars missions offer a steady stream of information.

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.

Everest (Ages 8 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 40 minutes
See the first IMAX footage brought back from Mt. Everest and follow an international team of climbers in an ascent of the world’s tallest mountain. Climbers cross creaking ice falls, quaking chasms, and up dangerous, towering cliffs through one of nature’s most dramatic landscapes. The film tells how Everest formed and continues to evolve and how high-altitude challenges a climber’s physical and mental abilities.

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.

Human Body (Ages 10 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 45 minutes
Witness the many hidden miracles that happen every day inside the male and female body. The Human Body features remarkable inner body photography to explore the biological processes that go on without our control and often without our notice.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar(Ages 6 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 45 minutes
Travel to the remote and lush land of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived millions of years ago here as castaways and have evolved into hundreds of various beautiful forms. Follow the adventure of these playful explorers, now highly endangered.

Journey Into Amazing Caves (Ages 8 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 40 minutes
Explore the mysterious world of the world’s most remote, unexplored caves. Follow two female cavers as they search for extreme living organisms in the ice caves of Greenland, the underwater caves of the Yucatan Peninsula, and the earth caves of the Little Grand Canyon. Features footage from unique and forbidding ice caves, underwater caves, and terrestrial caves.

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.

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (Ages 8 and up)
Capacity: 390 people
Length: 40 minutes
Follow the journey of Lewis, Clark, their guide Sacagawea, and their intrepid crew across land that would become the Western United States. Experience the danger and beauty of the unknown West on this journey that at the time was the equivalent of a trip to the Moon.