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

Ages: 7 and older

Dates/Times: Choose a date/time that works best for you! You can also choose between in-person or virtual classes!

 In-person –Tuesday or Thursday 10-11:30 am; Wednesday 1:30-3:00 pm

Virtual – Friday 1:30-3:00 pm; Participants in virtual classes will need to arrange for pick-up or drop-off of their class materials. 

Cost: $11 Members / $13 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). Exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely covering their nose and mouth. Temperatures of all participants will be checked prior to entry into classroom. 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.

Spring 2021:


Botanical Engineers - Click to Register

April showers bring May flowers, but what are some of the other awesome and impressive things plants can make and do? Learn about plant biology, botanical biochemicals, and astounding feats of plant engineering!

Session 1: Tuesday, April 20; 10-11:30 am - In person

Session 2: Wednesday, April 21; 1:30-3:00 pm - In person

Session 3: Thursday, April 22; 10-11:30 am - In person


May the Fourth Be With You - Click to Register

Investigate the secret strengths of three, four, and many-sided shapes. Fuse the disciplines of engineering and geometry as you create and test shapes to see which are strongest and can bear the weight of the force!

Session 1: Tuesday, May 4; 10-11:30 am - In person

Session 2: Wednesday, May 5; 1:30-3:00 pm - In person

Session 3: Thursday, May 6; 10-11:30 am - In person


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