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

Ages: 7 and older

Dates/Times: Tuesday or Thursday from 10:00 am - 11:30 am or Thursday from 12:30-2:00 pm.

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

COVID-19 Protocols: In accordance with state and local health guidelines, all students and staff will be required to wear face coverings (over nose and mouth). At this time, we are limiting the number of people in the room for Homeschool classes, parents/guardians are requested to wait outside and not accompany their child into the classroom. Please call 815-963-6769 if accommodations are required.


Fall 2021

Mission to the Moon - Click to Register

November 16 or 18
We've got space on the brain! So does NASA, who plans to return to the moon in the next few years. Join us as we explore the Lunar surface, find the perfect location for our lunar rover, and complete our lunar mission. Learn about NASA's Artemis mission and the new tech that they will be bringing to the moon.

Discovery Center Detectives - Click to Register

November 30 or December 2
It's a Discovery Center “WhoDunIt”! Join us as we practice methods to track footprints, lift fingerprints off of glasses, and search for clues in this Discovery Center style mystery.


Kooky Coding - Click to Register

December 14 or 16
Welcome all future programmers! Join us for an introduction to the world of coding! See your work come to life by coding robots with drag and drop coding. Learn where you can program your own games or animations at home and get a taste of some coding challenges.


Winter / Spring 2022

Muscles: Make ‘Em Move - Click to Register

January 25 or 27

Muscles, we’ve all got them, we all use them, but how do they work? Learn how your muscles operate, create a muscle model, and experience the shocking science of how electricity helps move our muscles.


Microscope Madness - Click to Register

February 8 or 10

Explore the world of microscopic organisms in this up close class! Learn how to use a microscope, take a close up look at bugs, plants, bacteria, and human tissues! Discover a world just beyond the naked eye.


Take Flight - Click to Register

February 22 or 24

3...2...1… BLAST OFF! Launch into the physics of flight as we learn how to make world record airplanes, engineer our own “aerogami” launchers, and tweak our planes to complete the ultimate paper plane challenge!


Mission to Mars - Click to Register

March 8 or 10

What will it take to live on the Red Planet? Join NASA as they plan to send the first humans to Mars and design a habitat that can keep astronauts safe from the dangers of our rocky, cold and desolate neighbor.


Weird and Wacky Water - Click to Register

April 5 or 7

Water, water everywhere…who knew it is so cool? Why don't all fish freeze in the winter? Why does water stick to windows? How do some bugs glide across the surface of water? Learn about the amazing properties of water that help keep our world working! 


Chem-mystery - Click to Register

April 19 or 21

Transform into a science super sleuth and decipher how some crazy chemistry conundrums work! Engage in hands-on experiments and test your theories to explore some brain bending science mysteries.


Artificial Intelligence: Electric Brains- Click to Register

May 3 or 5

What is artificial intelligence? How does it work? How does it learn? How can we use it? Become an AI explorer as you learn some of the basics of artificial intelligence and about how computer logic works.


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