Homeschool And Beyond
      a la carte science classes at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
  
    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 receiptTickets 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 attending 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. “Sit ins” will no longer be allowed in the classroom unless they are too old or too young for the assigned age range for the class. Also, remember these are not ‘drop off’ classes except for students 16 and older (per museum rules), 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


          7   Wednesday, September 6th – 11am to Noon

           8   Tuesday, September 19th – 11am to Noon

           6   Tuesday, September 26th – 1pm to 2pm

               Wednesday, September 20th – 11am to Noon



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


            5 Wednesday, September 6th – 1pm to 2pm

            6  Tuesday, September 19th – 1pm to 2pm

            8  Tuesday, September 26th – 11am to Noon

            8  Wednesday, September 27th – 11am to Noon



Theropods (Beast Foot Dinosaurs) in Jurassic James’ World

Theropods are the predatory dinosaurs! Today anyone can easily see the difference between a tiger, a bear and a dingo -- but for some reason many people think all meat-eating dinosaurs look alike! This class will focus not only on the carnivorous dinosaurs and what features make them different from one another as well as why we see certain dinosaurs on certain continents.

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


            4   Thursday, September 14th – 1pm to 2pm

            8 Wednesday, September 27th – 1pm to 2pm



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


           11 Thursday, September 14th – 11am to Noon  (Almost Sold Out)

           11 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


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

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


Paleontology and Fossils

James Washington’s World for Older Students

Gain a deeper understanding of fossil assemblages on a macro scale with an overview of Geologic Time Scale and the Principles of Stratigraphy. After a brief review of how the major groups of fossils are classified in the Paleo study guide, students will be broken into teams with bags of presorted fossils to identify the samples and present their findings. We will finish with a tour to reinforce understanding of the topics covered.

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



             4     Friday, September 29th – 10am to Noon

             1    Thursday, October 5th – 10am to Noon


Mindstorms Robotics 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.  (5 class series - $135 per student - 12 student minimum)

           

          5    Mindstorm Series (5 class series)

                    Mondays (Sept. 18 & 25, Oct. 2, 16 & 23) from 1pm to 2:30pm

   
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, October 17th – 1pm to 2pm

        11      Tuesday, October 10th -  1pm to 2pm

        01    Wednesday, October 18th – 11am to Noon

                Wednesday, October 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


         5     Tuesday, October 10th – 11am to Noon

         3     Tuesday, October 17th – 11am to Noon

         1     Wednesday, October 18th – 1pm to 2pm

                Wednesday, October 11th – 1pm to 2pm



Sauropods (Lizard Foot Dinosaurs) in Jurassic James’ World

Giants in all their forms. The Sauropods (Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus) were the largest animals to ever walk the Earth! Yet they are the least known scientifically among the dinosaurs groups. One reason is their bones are so large and hard to excavate. This class will explain the easily identifiable features used to classify the different “long necked” dinosaurs as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of being so large.

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


                Wednesday, October 11th – 11am to Noon

         3      Tuesday, October 3rd – 11am to Noon (new date)

          4     Thursday, October 19th – 11am to Noon



Paleontology and Fossils

James Washington’s World for Older Students

Gain a deeper understanding of fossil assemblages on a macro scale with an overview of Geologic Time Scale and the Principles of Stratigraphy. After a brief review of how the major groups of fossils are classified in the Paleo study guide, students will be broken into teams with bags of presorted fossils to identify the samples and present their findings. We will finish with a tour to reinforce understanding of the topics covered.

2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


                Thursday, October 5th – 10am to Noon



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



         3     Tuesday, October 3rd – 1pm to 2pm

         4     Thursday, October 19th – 1pm to 2pm

         4    Wednesday, October 25th – 11am to Noon



Heart with Blood Flow Dissection Lab for Older Students

Two hour extended heart dissection for older students. Learn about heart function, anatomy and blood flow in this extended Heart Dissection Lab for older students. No prerequisites.

2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


         3     Friday, October 6th – 10am to Noon

         7    Tuesday, October 24th – 10am to Noon 



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+


          1    Thursday, October 12th – 10am to Noon

           2   Friday, October 20th – 10am to Noon



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+


          1         Tuesday, October31st – 11am to Noon



Electricity TechnoScience Lab 

Explore current, voltage and resistance as you build circuits.

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


             1     Tuesday, October, 31st – 1pm to 2pm



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

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



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+


           1       Tuesday, October31st – 11am to Noon

            2       Wednesday, November 15th – 1pm to 2pm



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+


             1     Wednesday, November 1st  – 11am to Noon

              3   Thursday, November 9th – 1pm to 2pm

                  Tuesday, November 14th  – 11am to Noon


Electricity TechnoScience Lab 

Explore current, voltage and resistance as you build circuits.

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


           1     Tuesday, October, 31st – 1pm to 2pm

             7     Wednesday, November 15th  – 11am to Noon

                  Tuesday, November 14th – 1pm to 2pm



Ornithropoda (Bird Foot Dinosaurs) in Jurassic James’ World

From the tiny and swift Otheinosaurus – to the Iguanodon (the second dinosaur ever named) – to the “ducked billed” multi-crested Hadrosuaurs, this class will go over dinosaur communication, parenting and migration. Did you know 40% of all dinosaurs discovered are Hadrosaurs? What made them so successful? Find out in this class!

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


             3    Wednesday, November 1st – 1pm to 2pm

              5   Thursday, November 9th  – 11am to Noon



Decoding Minerals, Rocks & Resources of the Americas

James Washington’s World for Older Students

Take a look at the Mayan, Aztec, tribes of the Amazon, Plain’s tribes, Southwest and Northeast Native Americans with a focus on the specific geologic conditions that gave humanity the building materials to create the mega structures, mythologies and wealth of the Americas before the arrival of the old world inhabitants.  

2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


             5    Friday, November 3rd – 10am to Noon

            0     Thursday, 16th – November 10am to Noon



Blood Basics, Detection & Collection

Forensics Lab for Older Students

Come discover the basics of blood. How much blood is in your body and what is the composition of this life-giving fluid? Experiment with how blood-typing works, perform a presumptive blood test, and investigate how to find hidden blood using chemicals.

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


            4      Wednesday, November 8th – 10am to Noon

            5      Tuesday, November 14th – 10am to Noon



Jurassic James’ Washington’s World Field Trip

Details coming soon about an ‘off-site’ field trip with Jurassic James to explore a local Houston site.


                   Thursday, November 30th – TBD....



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

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



December 2017            Click Class Date to Purchase



                     

Jurassic James’ Washington’s World Field Trip

Details coming soon about an ‘off-site’ field trip with Jurassic James to explore a local Houston site.


                    Friday, December 8th  – TBD




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+


          1      Tuesday, December 5th – 1pm to 2pm

           1      Wednesday, December 13th – 11am to Noon



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+


           3      Wednesday, December 6th – 1pm to 2pm

            0      Tuesday, December 12th –  11am to Noon



Cool Chemistry TechnoScience Lab

Check out chemical changes and find out what makes them happen.

1 hour class for Grades 1-8+


            2      Tuesday, December 5th – 11am to Noon

             3     Wednesday, December 6th – 11am to Noon

            1     Tuesday, December 12th – 1pm to 2pm

            3     Wednesday, December 13th – 1pm to 2pm



Advanced Dissection Diffusion with Lung Dissection 

Two hour extended sheep lung dissection for older students. Students will learn the difference between Diffusion and Osmosis, learn about lung tissue anatomy and dissect a sheep lung.

2 hour class for Grades 6-12+


             3    Friday, December 1st – 10am to Noon

              6   Tuesday, December 5th – 10am to Noon


Mythical Creatures Time Lab for Older Students

The human imagination combined with the natural world have inspired the creation of a legion of mythical creatures that populate human history. Inspired by living animals and even fossils, we can catch a glimpse of the natural world in many of these magical creatures. Explore amazing creatures from the Kraken to dragons and beyond on a fantastical journey into history.

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


            6      Tuesday, December 12th – 10am to Noon

            1      Friday, December 15th – 10am to Noon



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.