homeschool roomLet these hands-on classes enhance your STEM curriculum studies.

Children ages 7 and up

Time: Wednesday, 10:30 am-Noon

Fees: $11 Members / $13 Non-members per child per class.

Advance registration required. Register online, call 815-963-6769, or stop by our office during normal business hours. Registration closes 3:00 p.m. Thursday the week before class. Payment must accompany registration. 

Cancellation policy: Refunds are available through the close of registration, minus 10%. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.

If you are having trouble registering, please contact us at 815-963-6769.


Snow Much Fun  -  Click here to register!

January 15
It’s not just chill that determines whether the weather is rain or snow! Figure out how gravity helps determine size and shape of snowflakes. Monkey with water and dry ice to find out about freezing. Then create a wintry mix and determine the best recipe for “fake snow”!


Engineer This!  -  Click here to register!

February 19
Take part in brain-bending engineering challenges as you measure, test, make adjustments, and test again! Boost the oomph for racecar’s record run, figure the launch angle for a fling rocket’s farthest fly, tweak the tension on a toy, and more! Take home all the toys you make for additional engineering adventures!


Elements of Electricity  -  Click here to register!

March 18
Examine energy sources and uncover the connection between spinning things and electricity! Have a static-induced hair-raising experience, wire a light-up circuit you can take home, explore lightning, turn crazy stuff into batteries, and pass the power to your friends!


Weird Shapes  -  Click here to register!

April 15
Can you roll something if it isn’t round? What happens when you shrink a sphere? Explore some wacky shapes and create several of your own as you stretch your creative ingenuity muscles and make predictions of what will happen when shapes get weird.


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