Powerhouse Science Center invites homeschool families/ groups to experience our STEM-based workshops.  This is a unique opportunity for homeschool students to focus on developing techniques and skills required to gain a better understanding of scientific concepts.  Students work with hands-on activities to realize how science, engineering, technology and society are interconnected.

ROBOTS

Wednesday, November 8

How do engineers get a robot to perform tasks?  Working with the Cubelets modular robots, we will design and test robots to solve puzzles and complete tasks.  Students then learn basic block programming and use it to complete advanced challenges.

ELECTRICITY

Wednesday, December 13

Have fun working with devices that convert energy from one form to another, while understanding the definition of energy and the Law of Conservation of Energy.  Students work with electrical circuits to complete a series of challenges.

ENGINEERING DESIGN

Wednesday, January 10

Our design challenge will involve preparing for a trip to Mars during which it is essential that supplies are reused and recycled as much as possible.  The students will be tasked with designing and testing a system that will allow us to recycle and reuse as much waste water as possible during our trip.  Students will brainstorm how water from urine, oral hygiene, hand washing, and water condensed from humidity can be recycled or reused.  Our goal is to take this waste water and produce water that can be used during our journey for drinking and cooking.

PHYSICS

Wednesday, February 14

Investigate the properties of light and its effects on objects made with different materials. Students participate in hands-on exploration of simple machines and their applications in everyday life. Students are treated to dramatic demonstrations of Newton’s First Law.

CELL BIOLOGY

Wednesday, March 14

Students conduct an investigation to prove that all living things are made of cells. They extract cells and observe them under a microscope. They compare and contrast prepared slides to human cheek cells and examine differences between a typical plant and animal (human) cell.

CHEMISTRY

Wednesday, April 11

Students perform a series of experiments and observe fascinating changes chemicals undergo. Students will understand the basics of physical and chemical changes and are amazed to see how some of these changes can be reversed.

LEGO MINDSTORMS

Wednesday, May 9

What makes a robot a robot? Students will learn the essential characteristics of a robot and perform basic programming to complete robotic challenges!

AGES | 7-12

WHEN | Second Wednesday of each month, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

WHERE |  Powerhouse Science Center

COST |  $18 members | $20 non-members

Call to book your workshop today! 

916.808.3942