Programs & Events

Science Thursdays Homeschool Evening

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Family Program
Aug. 29, 2013 | Thursday, 6:30pm
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Thursday, August 29, 2013, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Students must be preregistered online. Their parents and siblings are invited take advantage of other activities available at Science Thursdays at the Museum.
Location: Nature Research Center
$10 per class. Please note fee is not refundable.

Homeschool students ages 11 to 18 (middle and high school) are invited to participate in a Nature Research Center class while their parents and siblings take advantage of Science Thursdays at the Museum.

Register for Homeschool Evening Classes

As part of Science Thursdays at the Museum, visit the Naturalist Center (Nature Research Center, 2nd floor) where “Geology Rocks!”  Information and activities on geology and staff to answer questions will be available.

Exploration Cart educators will be talking about Spiders and Weather that evening at the Nature Research Center.

Special Homeschool Discounts

Experience the Museum’s  3D movies, for the reduced group rate of $3.00 per person.

Join us for the world premiere of Dinosaurs in Motion, where visitors engage with — and learn from — 14 magnificent life-size metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils. Special Homeschool ticket price ($6) all day. Last entry at 7pm.  (Box Office, Main Building, 1st floor)

Enjoy a 10% discount in either Museum store until 7pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office the day of the event.



Ages: 11 to 18
6:30 to 8:00pm
Location: Nature Research Center – TBA – 4th Floor
Using specimens from bird and mammal collections analyze the similarities and differences in anatomy, form and function between these animal groups and how they are affected by environmental change. Develop your own hypotheses to account for observed patterns and we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations.


Ages: 11 to 18
6:30 to 8:00pm
Location: Nature Research Center - Natural World Investigate Lab - 2nd Floor
Experiment with density and buoyancy as we recreate some of the experiments the Greek scientist Archimedes performed thousands of years ago.  Learn how objects heavier than water, like a cruise ship, (or you) can float in water.  Using precision scales and other lab equipment we will measure displacement, determine the density of various metals, create a density column and learn how heat and cold affect the buoyancy of liquids and gases.


Ages: 11 to 18
6:30 to 8:00pm
Location: Nature Research Center - Visual World Investigate Lab – 3rd Floor
Have you ever wondered how a computer program works? Do you want to make your own computer games and websites? Get an introduction into the exciting world of computer programming with Computer Programming for Beginners. This course is designed to introduce basic programming skills to anyone interested in programming using the free and easy to use development environment, Microsoft Small Basic. Participants will learn how to translate English language into a computer programming language and create simple graphics. The concepts learned in this course are fundamental and applicable to exploring programming outside of the lab. Discover your inner hacker and sign up today!


Ages: 11 to 18
6:30 to 8:00pm
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab – 3rd Floor
An epidemic is spreading and you need to solve the mystery of who started it by backtracking through a series of interactions, recording results from lab testing, and determining from graphs just how quickly the “infection” spread and where it might have originated. The effectiveness of different hand-washing methods will be evaluated in order to make “prevention recommendations” based on results. Ethical questions will be raised about how to balance protecting society from an unknown and deadly disease, managing people’s fears, and protecting the rights of infected individuals who may be treated poorly by others.