homeschool roomLet these hands-on classes for children ages 7 and older enhance your STEM curriculum studies.

$11 Members / $13 non-members per child per class. Advance registration required. You can register online, call 815-963-6769  or stop by our office during normal business hours. Registration closes 4:00 pm Friday 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.


Homeschool Classes

Children ages 7 and up
Time: Wednesday, 10:30 am-Noon
Fees: $13 / $11 Members per child per class.

Registration Info:

Registration required. Register online at and click on the category: TotSpot (ages 2-6), Homeschool (ages 7-13), and Family Classes. Or call (815) 963-6769 or drop by the Discovery Center Museum office during normal business hours. Registration opens August 15 for Members and August 17 for the Public.


Basically Blood - Click here to register!

October 10, 2018

How many different tissue types make up the fluid we call blood? Match each unique cell to its function, experiment with how blood-typing works, and investigate the chemistry of what flows in your veins.


"Elemental" Chem-Mysteries Click here to register!

October 24, 2018

Chemistry-week fun abounds as you mix, pour, and explore the periodic table. Combine atoms to make molecules, and take molecules apart to make atoms! Test the gas in a beaker of foam, and create a molecular model to take home.


Lab Technician - Chem Lab - Click here to register!

November 14, 2018

Discover what chemists do as you carry out all the actions involved in separating substances too small to see! Make the measurements, transfer the gel, and perform the science processes of electrophoresis and DNA extraction!


Lab Technician - Biology Lab - Click here to register!

November 28, 2018

What do real biologists do? Find out! Perform all the tasks involved in viewing bacteria found... in your mouth! Collect and prepare a sample, grow a culture, use a microscope, and classify what you see!


Game On! - Click here to register!

December 12, 2018

Take on the role of a game designer and use science, mathematics, and creative thinking to develop your own captivating board game! Keep what you invent, and practice strategies to defeat your friends or win together!


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