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. 

Registration begins December 18.

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 Winter/Spring 2018

Ages: 7 & up

Class times: 10:30 am-Noon


Parachute Drop

January 10

When Monsoon rains cause severe flooding in places like Thailand, and people are cut off from important supplies, engineers can help them. Be the engineer and design and test “aid drop packages” that, when dropped from a high place, not only protect what’s inside, but are easy to find once they reach the ground.

Bungee Jump

January 24

How long should a bungee cord be?—too short: boring; too long: ouch! Take an engineering design challenge and model a bungee jump using a Barbie® doll and rubber bands. The number of rubber bands, counts, so we’re also doing the math. (Disclaimer: No dolls will be injured in the course of this class.)

Candy, Chemistry, & Calculations

February 14

How many licks does it really take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? What puts the pop in pop rocks? Perform a number of sweet science experiments as we use chemistry to make gummy worms, investigate osmosis using gummy bears, and more!

Let them eat p

March 14

Discovery Center welcomes Professor Wise (a major math nerd from Rasmussen College) for this delicious Pi(e) Day extravaganza! Cleverly calculate a circumference, determine the diameter, and reduce to reach the radius as we mess with circles. Then get ready to measure and calculate the filling of a celebratory mini pie that you can take home!

CSI: Discovery Center

March 21

Hone your detective skills as you study the science of fingerprints, analyze DNA, and take apart chemicals to identify a sample in this enigmatic adventure. Crack a code and exercise your powers of observation and deduction to solve our pretend crime!

Dissection Lab: Probing into Owl Pellets

April 11

Owls puke what they don’t digest. What you can’t digest goes all the way through your system and comes out the “other end”. Compare and contrast the digestive designs of owls and us as you take apart real owl pellets and discover where they come from and what’s inside. Limited ick factor: perfect for experienced anatomists and dissection beginners.

Dive into Density

April 25

From Jupiter’s colored bands to submarines, we’re delving into density, viscosity & miscibility. Find out about floating and layer liquids and determine how density makes a dent in the way light bends. Use buoyancy to defeat gravity in a boat-building showdown. Then concoct a Shirley Temple to demonstrate a delicious application of floating fluids! YUM! 


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