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.


Looking at Lenses - Click here to register!

March 6
Clear curved substances do amazing things to light! We’ll combine diffusion with refraction to create a prismatic effect, explore convex and concave lenses, and turn the world upside-down and backward!


Crystal Chemistry - Click here to register!

March 20
Explore the way molecules assemble as you compare different forms of carbon, examine crystal structures found in nature, and witness what emerges from super-cooled or super-saturated solutions. Then assemble the materials needed to grow your own geode at home!


Severe Storm Warning - Click here to register!

April 24
Interactions of air, water, and heat result in all the weather there is. Investigate the way storms travel, decipher a weather map, model a tornado, and create a cloud as we delve into the hows and whys of severe storms.


2-Dye-4 - Click here to register!

May 8
Grab a pestle and mortar and get ready to pulverize everything from bug bodies to plant parts. Then dissolve these bits to see how they stain! Find out what distinguishes dyes from indicators, and test some unusual substances for their pH value.


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