Home School Programs - Kentucky Science Center

Home School Programs

Home School Programs

Kentucky Science Center’s Home School STEM programs offer hands-on educational experiences combining critical thinking and problem-solving skills with key science and math concepts. Sessions are divided into two grade levels: K-5th and 6th-12th. Each session includes a topical exhibit challenge, journaling, and a take-home “recipe” to encourage families to learn together. Seats are limited; advanced registration encouraged.

Grades K–12 • One adult FREE
  • Duration
    90 Minutes
  • Member Students
    $8
  • Non-Member Students
    $12
  • Additional Adults
    $5

Kindergarten to Grade 5:

Transformation of Matter

November 6, 2017 • 1-3 PM

As we keep adding to landfills, scientists are testing new types of materials that are biodegradable. Students will test biodegradable and non-biodegradable materials to determine their characteristics, and then conduct investigations and make observations in order to determine whether or not mixing substances will result in a biodegradable material.

Our Universe

December 4, 2017 • 1-3 PM

That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for your students as they step into the boots of an astronaut to learn about the universe. How do astronauts on the ISS investigate nearby planets and asteroids? What will it take to get a satellite into orbit?

Shapes and Stuff Class

February 5, 2018 • 1-3 PM

Turn shopping into a learning experience that sets important foundational skills in all curriculum areas, from math and science to language and reading. Using carefully designed shopping lists, young “shoppers” will explore concepts such as same and different, sorting, categorizing, counting, comparing, and organizing.

Organisms and Ecosystems

March 5, 2018 • 1-3 PM

What happens when a playground is built in a park? Keeping in mind the movement of matter between animals and their environment, develop a model explaining how a playground could have minimal human impact on an ecosystem. Students will need to clearly argue their solution, using evidence from investigations.

Engineering Design

April 16, 2018 • 1-3 PM

Generate ideas for the next design of the future. Inspired by Dream Big, a film all about how the ideas of today could be the next life-saving and world altering marvels of tomorrow; students will brainstorm ideas, create and test designs, and test their marvels with guests on the floor.

Whose DNA?

May 7, 2018 • 1-3 PM

Step into a forensics lab to analyze DNA from a hypothetical crime scene. Learn how forensic analysts solve mysteries, by using micro-pipetting skills to run DNA samples using gel electrophoresis.

Grades 6 to 12:

Transformation of Matter

November 9, 2017 • 1-3 PM

As we keep adding to landfills, scientists are testing new types of materials that are biodegradable. Students will test biodegradable and non-biodegradable materials to determine their characteristics, and then make conduct investigations and make observations in order to determine whether or not mixing substances will result in a biodegradable material.

Our Universe

December 7, 2017 • 1-3 PM

Step into a forensics lab to analyze DNA from a hypothetical crime scene. Learn how forensic analysts solve mysteries, by using micro-pipetting skills to run DNA samples using gel electrophoresis.

Name That Part: Human Body

January 11, 2018 • 1-3 PM

Discover the link between anatomy and physiology. Compare real-world advances of technology in the biomedical field to the organs your students explore.

Shapes and Stuff Class

February 8, 2018 • 1-3 PM

Where do we find shapes in our world and how are shapes used in the design of our cities? Using science and engineering practices, students will imagine, create, design, and build a city using only the shapes found in the Science Center.

Organisms and Ecosystems

March 8, 2018 • 1-3 PM

Observe and investigate, gathering relevant data, in order to design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities within a park environment. Based on evidence, construct an explanation for how human impact may also affect an ecosystem’s biodiversity and can lead to changes of adaptations within that population.

Engineering Design

April 19, 2018 • 1-3 PM

Generate ideas for the next design of the future. Inspired by Dream Big, a film all about how the ideas of today could be the next life-saving and world altering marvels of tomorrow; students will brainstorm ideas, create and test designs, and test their marvels with guests on the floor.

Whose DNA?

May 10, 2018 • 1-3 PM

Step into a forensics lab to analyze DNA from a hypothetical crime scene. Learn how forensic analysts solve mysteries, by using micro-pipetting skills to run DNA samples using gel electrophoresis.