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Homeschool Discovery

Homeschool Discovery Days at the Air Zoo!

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Homeschool Discovery Days are the perfect addition to any homeschool curriculum. The Air Zoo’s homeschool programs are designed to fulfill both Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Michigan Science Standards with dynamic, hands-on lesson plans and interactive demonstrations! View our Homeschool Discovery guide.

General Information:

Ages: 5-14
Dates:
 First Tuesday of the month, according to schedule.
Times:
 Check-in 12:30pm; Class 1pm - 2pm
Fees:
 $13 per participating child (covers admission and program), $10 per participating member child
An adult must remain on site during the homeschool program.
Discounted admission can be purchased at the ticket counter upon arrival: $8 per adult and non-participating child (5-18). Members and children 4 and under are free.
Registration: 
Online registration deadline the Tuesday of the week prior to class. Registration is required for participation. Walk-ins on the day of the event will not be permitted to take a class.

Register online or contact the Air Zoo Events Department at events@airzoo.org or via phone at 269.350.2848.  

Financial Aid and Scholarship funds are available! If applying for Financial Aid/Scholarships, please submit your application prior to registering for a Homeschool Discovery Program. Click HERE to apply on line.


COVID Safety Policy:

•    We encourage all staff, volunteers, members, and guests, ages 2 and up, to wear masks.
•    CLASSROOM/CAMP MASK STATUS: Masks are not required at this time but are encouraged for those who feel comfortable wearing one.   
•    STARLAB™ MASK STATUS: Masks are required for all programming taking place in the Starlab™.


2022-2023 Programs

December 6, 2022 – Biology

December 6, 2022 |  1:00pm - 2:00pm – Biology

Registration Deadline: November 29th

Ages 5-7    Plant Take Apart: Students will dissect fruits and vegetables to learn how leaves, stems, roots and flowers all contribute to the survival of not just plants but all living species!  

Ages 8-11    The Eyes Have It: How does light move through the parts of the eye and get processed by the brain? Investigate the sense of sight in this cow eye dissection class that will make you see the light!  

Ages 12-14    The Eyes Have It: How does light move through the parts of the eye and get processed by the brain? Investigate the sense of sight in this cow eye dissection class that will make you see the light!

February 7, 2023 – Astronomy

February 7, 2023 |  1:00pm - 2:00pm – Astronomy

Registration Deadline: January 31st

Ages 5-7    Milky Way: The solar system is brought down to Earth as students learn about the planets! Young astronomers act out the movements of the sun, moon, and Earth to describe the patterns of night and day in this out-of-this-world program.  

Ages 8-11    Seeing Stars: Investigate the sun, stars, and the universe in our STARLAB planetarium! Check out the view from above to observe the patterns of the day and night skies before you come back down to Earth.

Ages 12-14    A View from Orbit: Let the planets and stars come to you in our STARLAB planetarium! Students will examine the reasons for the seasons, moon phases, and eclipses while watching the Sun-Earth-Moon system come to life. 

March 7, 2023 – Electricity

March 7, 2023 |  1:00pm - 2:00pm – Electricity

Registration Deadline: February 28th

Ages 5-7    Magnet Busters: Students experiment with natural magnets, man-made magnets, electromagnets, and a magnetic sensor to investigate and collect data on what types of materials a magnetic field will pass through.  

Ages 8-11    Hot Wired: Students learn the fundamentals of electricity while constructing multiple open and closed circuits, building electromagnets, and relaying messages on a real telegraph.  

Ages 12-14    High Voltage: Students learn the fundamentals of electricity while constructing multiple open and closed circuits, generating electric currents using magnets, and building electric motors. 

May 2, 2023 – Physics

May 2, 2023  |  1:00pm - 2:00pm – Physics

Registration Deadline: April 25th

Ages 5-7    Primary STEAM Engineering Challenge: Jump into the story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” Using the engineering design process, young engineers will work in teams to test and then re-engineer a bridge for the goats to cross.  

Ages 8-11    Intermediate STEAM Engineering Challenge: After learning what it takes to build a strong structure, young engineers will work in teams to design, build, test and redesign a tower to withstand a the forces of nature.  

Ages 12-14    Advanced STEAM Engineering Challenge: Budding engineers explore the history and influence of machines and participate in an innovative engineering design challenge. 

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