Homeschool And Beyond
      a la carte science classes at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
 

YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT is your PROOF OF PURCHASE so please save a copy of your receipt.  Tickets are not issued. Your name will be on the roster in each classroom.

Only purchase ticket(s) for your Student(s). Parents and non-participating siblings get entrance to the Permanent Exhibits areas of the museum for FREE on class day. Be sure to adjust quantity in your Paypal cart to reflect your total number of students for each class. Most 1 hour classes are $17.50 per student. Most 2 hour classes are $35.00 per student.


All children of the appropriate age in the class will need to purchase a class spot. Siblings who don’t want to purchase a class spot are welcome to wait in the hallway outside of class or explore the museum with an adult in your party. These are not ‘drop off’ classes except for students 16 and older, so one adult will need to remain in the class or in the adjoining hallway.


Please remember, your class purchase is not unlike a timed-entry ticket purchase for a movie, play or other 'event' and is nonrefundable and not eligible for date or time changes should your plans or schedule change.


September 2017        Click Class Date to Purchase



Young Wonders Wildlife Lab – Do you know which animal begins its life as a rock climbing kidney bean with no hind legs? What about the animal that starts it's life as a pinhead sized ninja star only to grow into a 2,000 pound powerhouse? Take this lab to find out!

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+ - $17.50 per student


                Wednesday, September 6th – 11am to Noon

                Tuesday, September 19th – 11am to Noon

                Tuesday, September 26th – 1pm to 2pm

                Wednesday, September 27th – 1pm to 2pm



Storm Science TechnoScience Lab - Explore weather and the tools we use to measure and predict it.

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+ - $17.50 per student



                Wednesday, September 6th – 1pm to 2pm

                Tuesday, September 19th – 1pm to 2pm

                Tuesday, September 26th – 11am to Noon

                Wednesday, September 27th – 11am to Noon




Jurassic James’ World - Details and dates will be available soon.

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+






Cosmopolitan Crawdads Dissection Lab - Crayfish are found throughout the world in freshwater streams. Take an inside look at this crawling crustacean through dissection. Includes preserved crayfish dissection.

1 hour class for Grades 5-12+ - $17.50 per student


                Thursday, September 14th – 11am to Noon

                Wednesday, September 20th – 1pm to 2pm



Golden Age of Piracy Time Lab for Older Students - During the Golden Age of Piracy, ca. 1650 to 1726, bands of pirates menaced merchants in the Caribbean, along the North American eastern seaboard, the West African coast, and the Indian Ocean. The characters from the Golden Age of Piracy and their exploits form the basis of the modern conception of pirates as depicted in popular culture.

2 hour class for Grades 6-12+ - $35 per student


                Friday, September 15th – 10:00-12:00

                Thursday, September 21st – 10:00-12:00



James Washington’s World for Older Students - Details and dates will be available soon.

2 hour class for Grades 6-12+





Mindstorms Project - This 5 week series of 1.5 hour classes is designed to be an introduction to robotics for students who have never programmed before. Students will work with a partner to learn the basics of programming using a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robot and the associated MINDSTORMS Edu program. Over the course of the five week series, students will learn how to create and execute a program using their robot and participate in challenges during class. No Prerequisites.The class is designed for students without any previous knowledge of robotics for kids from 6 years old to 10 years old. Older students are welcome to sign up, but may find the class not advanced enough.  Details and dates will be available soon.



   
After completing your Paypal Transaction, please email me your preferred contact email
address and the age/grade of your student(s). Paypal does not always give me your CURRENT
email address and that means I have no way to contact you if there are scheduling issues
or cancellations. Also, please check back to this page before class.   ~ Kim

After completing your Paypal Transaction, please email me your preferred contact email

address and the age/grade of your student(s). Paypal does not always give me your CURRENT

email address and that means I have no way to contact you if there are scheduling issues

or cancellations. Also, please check back to this page before class.   ~ Kim



Parents and non-participating siblings get entrance to the Permanent Exhibits areas of the museum for FREE on class day.


October 2017        Click Class Date to Purchase



Golden age of Piracy Time Lab  – Discover an era in which being a pirate could be a fulltime job. Pirates and privateers were able to amass massive fortunes terrorizing the high seas.

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+ - $17.50 per student


                Tuesday, 3rd – 11am to Noon

                Tuesday, 10th -  1pm to 2pm

                Wednesday, 18th – 11am to Noon

                Wednesday, 25th – 1pm to 2pm



Renewable Energy Earth Science Lab  – Discover the many forms of renewable energy at our fingertips. In this class, students will learn about forms of alternative energy and discuss which are better suited to where we live!

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+ - $17.50 per student


                Tuesday, 10th – 11am to Noon

                Wednesday, 11th – 1pm to 2pm

                Tuesday, 17th – 11am to Noon

                Wednesday, 18th – 1pm to 2pm




Jurassic James’ World - Details and dates will be available soon.

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+






Aw, Rats… Dissection Lab  - Beavers, capybara and agoutis, oh my? More fascinating than fearsome, learn about the Rodent Family from the outside in. Includes rat dissection.

1 hour class for Grades 5-12+ - $17.50 per student



                Tuesday, 3rd – 1pm to 2pm

                Thursday, 19th – 1pm to 2pm

                Wednesday, 25th – 11am to Noon




Advanced Dissection Heart with Blood Flow - Details and dates will be available soon. 

2 hour class for Grades 6-12+







Advanced Pond Wildlife - Learn about water quality as you study the delicate balance of life in this rich habitat. Details and dates will be available soon.

2 hour class for Grades 6-12+



Parents and non-participating siblings get entrance to the Permanent Exhibits areas of the museum for FREE on class day.



Details and dates for November 2017 and beyond will be available soon.

November 2017            Click Class Date to Purchase


The Romanovs Time Lab - Explore the history of the Romanov family who were murdered on July 17th 1918. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


All in the Family Wildlife Lab – If you haven't HERD much about animal family groups then SCHOOL yourself with a class PACKed full of information!  1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Electricity TechnoScience Lab  - Explore current, voltage and resistance as you build circuits. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Jurassic James’ World - Details to follow 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


James Washington’s World for Older Students - Details to follow 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


Jurassic James’ Washington’s World Field Trip - Details to follow about an ‘off-site’ field trip with Jurassic James to explore a local Houston site.


Details and dates for November 2017 and beyond will be available soon.

December 2017            Click Class Date to Purchase


Jurassic James’ Washington’s World Field Trip - Details to follow about an ‘off-site’ field trip with Jurassic James to explore a local Houston site.


Underground Railroad Time Lab  - Discover the secret network organized by people to help men, women, and children, escape slavery to freedom. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Signs of Intelligent Life Wildlife Lab  – If you give a mouse a rake he'll give HIMSELF a cookie! Discover the creative methods researchers have used to understand animal intelligence. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Cool Chemistry TechnoScience Lab  - Check out chemical changes and find out what makes them happen. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Advanced Dissection Diffusion with Lung Dissection 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


Underground Railroad Time Lab for Older Students - Explore a network of meeting places, secret routes, passageways and safe houses used by slaves in the U.S. to escape slave holding states to northern states and Canada. Established in the early 1800s and aided by people involved in the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad helped thousands of slaves escape. 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


January 2018            Click Class Date to Purchase


Scientific Farming Time Lab  – Science and innovation made farming more productive and better for the environment, find out how! 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Soap Science TechnoScience Lab - Investigate bubbles, emulsification, and soap films. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Jurassic James’ World - Details to follow 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Spiny Yet Spineless Dissection Lab  - Enter the underwater world of an interesting echinoderm, the sea urchin, as you study these prickly wonders of the ocean. Includes sea urchin dissection. 1 hour class for Grades 5-12+


Advanced Alternative Energy Earth Science Lab for Older Students - Discover what makes a resource renewable! In this lab, we will discuss different types of alternative energy and explore how these resources are harnessed. We will study environmental factors that affect these resources and take a brief tour through the New and Expanded Wiess Energy Hall. 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


Scientific Farming Time Lab for Older Students - From diversifying crops to advances in farm machinery, much has happened to improve the way we produce food. Early advances in farming were shared by word of mouth. As new ideas were tried and applied to growing crops and livestock, they were shared and passed to the next generation as parents taught their children. Neighboring tribes exchanged ideas with one another and with new settlers. 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+

Mindstorms Project - This 5 week class is designed to be an introduction to robotics for students who have never programmed before. Students will work with a partner to learn the basics of programming using a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robot and the associated MINDSTORMS Edu program. Over the course of the five week series, students will learn how to create and execute a program using their robot and participate in challenges during class. No Prerequisites.The class is designed for students without any previous knowledge of robotics. 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


February 2018            Click Class Date to Purchase


Lost Colony of Roanoke Time Lab  – Explore what clues we have to what happened to the settlers who disappeared from this early colony. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Get a Grip Wildlife Lab  – Animals use everything from claws, hair, wrinkles and even microscopic spoons to get a grip. Uncover how they hang on in this lab. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Fossil Fuels Earth Science Lab  – Dig into fossil fuels! Explore fossil fuel formation, and discuss the characteristics of these nonrenewable resources. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Jurassic James’ World - Details to follow 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Advanced Dissection Fetal Pig 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


James Washington’s World for Older Students - Details to follow 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


Knights Time Lab for Older Students - - Just below the nobility on the medieval social ladder were the knights who served as the mounted soldiers in the Lord's army. Most knights lived and slept in the manor of their lord. A knight was higher than a common foot soldier and often was granted his own fief along with a title of minor nobility such as sir. Come discover the difficult path to knighthood. 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+



March 2018            Click Class Date to Purchase


The Zulu Kingdom Time Lab – Discover this South African kingdom who gained fame during and after the Anglo-Zulu War. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Australian Wildlife Wildlife Lab  – It's home to flying foxes, venomous wonders and the only two egg laying mammals in the world! Australia is a unique and fascinating biodiversity hotspot.  1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


The Eyes Have It Dissection Lab  - Blind spots, color blindness or myopia a problem? Come find out why as you take a peek at the eye and see how it functions. Includes eyeball dissection. 1 hour class for Grades 5-12+


Heraldry Time Lab for Older Students - Heraldry is the practice of devising, granting, displaying, describing, and recording coats of arms and heraldic badges. The origins of heraldry stretch back into ancient times. Warriors often decorated their shields with patterns and mythological motifs. Army units of the Roman Empire were identified by the distinctive markings on their shields. These were not heraldic in the medieval sense, as they were associated with military units, not individuals or families. Come design your own heraldic signature! 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+

Advanced Techno Lab - Details to follow Roller Coasters? Bridge Building? 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


April 2018            Click Class Date to Purchase


Understanding Ungulates Wildlife Lab – The hooves have it in this lab all about hoof stock! 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Petroleum Production Earth Science Lab – Journey through the processes that transform petroleum into its many products. Dis- cover everyday items that come from this fossil fuel. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Bridges TechnoScience Lab– Build models and investigate forces to determine what makes a sturdy structure. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Jurassic James’ Washington’s World Field Trip - Details to follow about an ‘off-site’ field trip with Jurassic James to explore a local Houston site.


Advanced Earth Lab of some sort? 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


Advanced Kat Lab

Topic TBD 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+



May 2018            Click Class Date to Purchase


Going, Going, Hopefully Not Gone! Wildlife Lab  - Discover a world of rare and wonderful creatures as you learn about endangered species. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Discover Maps! Earth Science Lab  – Learn about latitude, longitude and cartography in this class all about maps! 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Motion and Machines TechnoScience Lab - Make work easier as you explore gears, levers and other simple and compound machines. 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Jurassic James’ World - Details to follow 1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


Advanced Kat Time Lab 2 hour class for Grades 6-12+