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

Ages: 7 and older

Dates/Times: Choose from Thursdays at 10:00-11:30 am or 12:30-2:00 pm.

Cost: $12 Members / $14 non-members per child per class. Advance registration required. Payment must accompany registration. Registration closes at 3:00 pm on the Thursday before the week of class.

Register by clicking the links below, or call (815) 963-6769. 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.


Spring 2023


Fantastic Physics - Click to Register

January 12

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It's not a bird or a plane or a superhero…it's you! Learn how we use physics every day to give ourselves super powers!


The Great Cardboard Derby - Click to Register

January 26

On your mark, get set, GO! Grab some cardboard and get to building in this dash to the finish line! Design a cardboard racer and see if you have what it takes to win first place in this physics and engineering class.


Exoplanet Explorations - Click to Register

February 9

One small step for man, and one giant leap for students as we blast off to unexplored planets! Learn what an exoplanet is, how we hope to get there, and what it would be like to live on a different planet!


Colorful Chemistry - Click to Register

February 23

Join us for a stunning look at the beautiful colors of chemistry. Watch colors change like magic right before your eyes and mix chemicals to create your own colorful magic.


Eggdrop Challenge - Click to Register

March 9

What do you get when you cross an egg and a classic engineering challenge? This class! Design an “eggstremely” safe container for your egg and let it fly! Test your skills to see if you walk away with a perfect egg or a sticky mess.


Dissection Connection - Click to Register

April 6

Have you ever wondered what a shark liver looked like? Have you ever wanted to touch a brain? Do you want to know what's happening inside a starfish? Questioning minds are invited to join us as we examine animal specimens and inspect how they look on the inside.


Bugging Out  - Click to Register

April 20                 

Creepy, crawling, scittering, bugs. If the thought of bugs doesn’t make you shiver, this might be the class for you! Join us as we observe bugs in our ecosystem, examine the inside of bugs, and ponder how bugs might be used in the future.


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