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Spring 2016

The American Museum of Science and Energy invites families to participate in AMSE Homeschool Programs, programs designed specifically with home schoolers’ needs in mind. AMSE educators will lead student through interactive programs on a number of exciting topics.

Programs for Grades K – 2 ($7 non-members/ $5 members)

  • Programs for Grades K – 2 take place at 10:30 am and last approximately one hour.
  • Classes are age appropriate and our K – 2 programs are not intended for children under the age of 5 years by Sept. 30, 2014.

1/8/2016 – Spaced Out!

Discover how the earth, sun, and moon cause day and night, years, tides, and eclipses. Also, prepare to be astounded by the relative sizes and distances of our planets!

1/22/2016 – Strange New Planet

This STEAM class incorporates math skills as well as creativity to study our Solar System and to observe a fictitious planet and plan missions to the planet. The two-hour class will design a lander and rover to take an “eggstronaut” to the planet.

2/5/2016 – My Body and Me

Students will learn about the different body systems and how to take care of them. Hands-on activities include a life-size intestine, X-Ray photos, listening to body sounds using a stethoscope, and an anatomy puzzle.

2/19/2016 – You Are What You Eat

Students will learn about the digestive system with a 26-foot long intestine! The Food and Exercise Pyramid, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients will be discussed. Students will see how much fat and sugar is contained in many foods. Good food choices will be discussed and students will get to make their own choices with artificial foods

3/4/2016 – Chemistry and Polymers

Through hands-on modeling techniques, students will learn about matter, atoms, elements, mixtures, and compounds.  Students will learn about the properties of polymers and participate in hands-on activities with natural and synthetic polymers. Students will also have the opportunity to create a polymer or two.

3/18/2016 – Electricity

Students do activities that teach concepts relating to static electricity and direct current. The static electricity sections works best during cold months when heaters are running.

4/1/2016 – Geology Rocks!

Students will learn about the layers of the earth, their composition, depth, temperatures, and their relation to minerals. Activities include testing 9 kinds of minerals & observing 15 kinds of rocks.

4/15/2016 – Fun with Fossils

Learn about fossils and historical geology, identifying fossils in limestone hand specimens, and making a fossil mold. In addition to these activities, the 2-hour program includes wet sifting of fossil-laden clay from a local site.

4/29/2016 – Our Microscopic World

An introduction to the importance of microorganisms. A projection microscope and a stereoscope are used, along with student microscopes to provide students with a close-up view of various microscopic organisms.

5/13/2016 – Butterfly Bonanza! (FB)

Students will learn about butterfly anatomy, life cycle, habitats, and monarch migration. Microscopic examination, migration plotting, and a butterfly survival game are among the activities features in this program. Held at Freels Bend cabin.

 

Programs for Grades 3 – 6 ($12 non-members/ $9 members)

  • Programs for Grades 3 – 6 take place at 12:30 pm and last approximately two hours.

1/8/2016 – Spaced Out!

Discover how the earth, sun, and moon cause day and night, years, tides, and eclipses. Also, prepare to be astounded by the relative sizes and distances of our planets!

1/22/2016 – Strange New Planet

This STEAM class incorporates math skills as well as creativity to study our Solar System and to observe a fictitious planet and plan missions to the planet. The two-hour class will design a lander and rover to take an “eggstronaut” to the planet.

2/5/2016 – My Body and Me

Students will learn about the different body systems and how to take care of them. Hands-on activities include a life-size intestine, X-Ray photos, listening to body sounds using a stethoscope, and an anatomy puzzle.

2/19/2016 – You Are What You Eat

Students will learn about the digestive system with a 26-foot long intestine! The Food and Exercise Pyramid, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients will be discussed. Students will see how much fat and sugar is contained in many foods. Good food choices will be discussed and students will get to make their own choices with artificial foods

3/4/2016 – Chemistry and Polymers

Through hands-on modeling techniques, students will learn about matter, atoms, elements, mixtures, and compounds.  Students will learn about the properties of polymers and participate in hands-on activities with natural and synthetic polymers. Students will also have the opportunity to create a polymer or two.

3/18/2016 – Electricity

Students do activities that teach concepts relating to static electricity and direct current. The static electricity sections works best during cold months when heaters are running.

4/1/2016 – Geology Rocks!

Students will learn about the layers of the earth, their composition, depth, temperatures, and their relation to minerals. Activities include testing 9 kinds of minerals & observing 15 kinds of rocks.

4/15/2016 – Fun with Fossils

Learn about fossils and historical geology, identifying fossils in limestone hand specimens, and making a fossil mold. In addition to these activities, the 2-hour program includes wet sifting of fossil-laden clay from a local site.

4/29/2016 – Our Microscopic World

An introduction to the importance of microorganisms. A projection microscope and a stereoscope are used, along with student microscopes to provide students with a close-up view of various microscopic organisms.

5/13/2016 – Butterfly Bonanza! (FB)

Students will learn about butterfly anatomy, life cycle, habitats, and monarch migration. Microscopic examination, migration plotting, and a butterfly survival game are among the activities features in this program. Held at Freels Bend cabin.

 


AMSE Homeschool Programs Information

  • Advance reservations of one week required. No last minute reservation will be accepted.
  • Registrations are not confirmed until receipt of payment.
  • Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card. There is a $10 minimum for credit card purchases.
  • All classes take place at AMSE except classes classes denoted by (FB) which take place at Freels Bend Cabin(directions below).
  • No refunds will be given to participants not attending on their scheduled date unless reservations are cancelled at least one week in advance.
  • AMSE reserves the right to cancel a program in the event that a minimum capacity is not reached. In this event 100% of registration fees will be refunded.
  • Program fees include fee for program and admission for one student and one adult into the American Museum of Science and Energy if the program is held at the museum. Any siblings accompanying the student and parent will have to pay regular admission into the museum.

Directions to Freels Bend Cabin

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From Knoxville

From I-140 take the Oak Ridge exit onto Pellissippi Parkway. Pellissippi Parkway will become Oak Ridge Highway. Cross the Solway Bridge ( Clinch River ). Take the Bethel Valley Road exit. At the traffic light turn left onto Pump House Road. Veer right at the gate (which will be open) and follow the road along the lake (1.1 miles). To the left you will see a gravel road with a rusty, yellow bar gate. Wait for someone to unlock the gate. If you miss the gate, you will run into Clark Center Park in about a mile.

From Oak Ridge

From Illinois turn onto Scarboro Road. Cross Bethel Valley Road. Scarboro Road becomes Pump House Road. Veer right at the gate (which will be open) and follow the road along the lake (1.1 miles). To the left you will see a gravel road with a yellow bar gate. Wait for someone to unlock the gate. If you miss the gate, you will run into Clark Center Park in about a mile.

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