We offer both full day homeschool workshops as well as a series of 1.5h classes for homeschool students. Scroll down to learn more!
Homeschool Science Classes
New format! This program targets specific prescribed learning outcomes in science for each grade which should qualify the work happening here at the NS3 for credit. You may use your allotment fees by clicking offline payment at checkout and filling out your appropriate DL vendor forms and informing us where to invoice.
November Series for Grades 4,5,6
The three week series will cover a variety of science topics targeted especially at the curriculum for this age range.
Renewable Resources: Get the rundown on natural resources! Our first lesson will have learners investigate the many ways energy can be transferred, differences between renewable and non-renewable sources, and sustainable practices around BC resources. Hands on activities include creating your own water wheel and responding to a mock oil spill. PLOs: Energy can be transformed (Grade 4), machines are devices that transfer energy and the rate at which energy is transferred (Grade 5), and mixtures can be separated using a difference in component properties (Grade 6).
Messin’ with Mixtures: Let’s mix it up! Join us in learning about the properties of solutions and mixtures. Discover the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous. Become an environmental scientist testing and separating a ‘soil’ (trail mix) sample to determine the percent of contaminants, and other various hands on solution and mixture experiments. PLOs: Matter has mass and takes up space (Grade 4), solutions are homogeneous (Grade 5), and everyday materials are often mixtures (Grade 6).
Newton’s Laws: Get on the next level with Newton! Learners explore Newton’s three laws of motion with hands on activities. Build an inertia tower, investigate acceleration with egg bungees, and explore equal and opposite reactions with Newton cars. By the end, learners will have a good understanding of the relationship between force and motion. PLOs: Energy can be transferred (Grade 4), machines are devices that transfer force and energy (Grader 5), force and effects of simple machines (Grade 5), and Newton’s three laws of motion describe the relationship between force and motion (Grade 6).
Dates: November 21, 28 and December 5 from 12:30-2:00pm at NS3’s Science Studio. Cost: $45
February Series for Grades 1,2,3
This three week series will cover a variety of science topics targeted specifically at the curriculum for this age range.
Geology: Dig deep into the basics of geology in this earth-shaking class. Learn how scientists classify rocks, why earthquakes happen, and how fossils are formed. PLOs: Observable patterns occur in local landscape (Grade 1), forces influence the motion of an object (Grade 2), wind, water, ice change the shape of the land (Grade 3).
Adaptations: By Darwin’s beard! Animals adapt to survive in different environments. Discover different behaviors that animals have through hands on activities, including creating your own critter and using different tools to mimic bird beaks. PLOs: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment (Grade 1), Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment (Grade 2), Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems (Grade 3).
Thermal Energy: Explore the different ways that heat can be transferred. Discover the fastest way to melt ice, learn about convection, and use infrared thermometers to see temperature changes. PLOs: light and sound can be produced and their properties can be changed (Grade 1), materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes (Grade 2), thermal energy can be produced and transferred (Grade 3).
Dates: February 6, 13 and 20 from 12:30-2:00pm in NS3’s Science Studio. Cost: $45.
March Series for Grades 4,5,6
Living Things and Their Environments: In the March home learners series, each class will focus on one aspect of the theme living things and their environments.
Organizing Organisms: In order to learn about animals, you must know how to classify them! This session will look into how scientist categorize animals based on how they look, behave, and interact with different environments. Build a tree of life mobile, learn about different specialized organs animals use to sense their environment, and practice your camouflage skills. PLOs: All living things sense and respond to their environment (Grade 4), Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment (Grade 5).
Marine Madness: The ocean has many ecosystem to explore, with a diverse range of animals adapted for life in the water. Dissect a fish to discover what organ systems they use to survive, and see how the tides affect creature that live on the beach. PLOs: The motions of Earth and the moon cause observable patterns that affect living and non-living systems (Grade 4), basic structures and functions of body systems such as digestive, musculo-skeletal, respiratory, and circulatory (Grade 5), multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment (Grade 6).
Forest Frenzy: Forest ecosystems are a great place to learn about how plants interact with the environment and other animals. Follow a food chain to see how energy travels, learn about the unique garry oak ecosystem that can be found here on Vancouver Island, and see how invasive species are adapted to thrive in new environments. PLOs: Sensing and responding in other animals and plants (Grade 4), multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment (Grade 5), the basic structure and functions of body systems such as plant reproductive systems (Grade 6).
Dates: February 27, March 6, and 13 from 12:30-2:00pm in NS3’s Science Studio. Cost: $45.
Homeschool Full Day Workshops
November: Stop Motion Animation
Discover the many facets of stop motion animation from storyboards, set building and filming. Complete your own stop motion animation video by end of day!
December: Engineering Extravaganza
Put on your hard hat and get ready to build! This day will be packed with challenging feats of engineering to test your creative side.
January: Shark Takeover
Become a shark scientist for a day! Explore more about shark senses and how researchers learn about these amazing creatures.
February: Rockin’ Rocks
At NS3 we know how much geology rocks. Learn about different types of rocks and how to identify them, use Oreos to understand tectonic plates, and build an earthquake proof building.