2017-2018 Science Class Descriptions

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Science Labs are private classes held around OMSI, taught by OMSI Science Educators, and assisted by Oregon Homeschool Science Parent Volunteers.  Classes are 18 students and cover a variety of topics as described below.   Course materials  tends to be on the higher end of National Science Standards as our students have been exposed to more science than many typical school students of their same age.  Courses do overlap grades so that parents have many choices based on their student’s ability.

OMSI and OHSC  have created a sequence of courses that build and repeat classes, starting at kindergarten and working towards MS challenge.  The sequence design allows students to experience six branches of science throughout the grade levels; Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth, Astronomy, and STEM.  We include some repeat of classes between levels to develop depth in key skill and concept areas.

Science  is about repetition, searching for the variables, replication, and new discovery.  We hope you find a series of classes that support your homeschooling curriculum.

Science Classes

Discovery K (and young 1st graders):  My Body, My Five Senses, Edible Nutrition, Fabulous Fossils, Welcome to the Solar System, Cardboard Rocket, Navigating by the Stars, Wild Weather, Our Sky, and Mission to the Moon, Be A Naturalist, Bugs & Butterflies, Pollinators, The Dirt on Worms, Simple Machines, Keva, Bridges, Physics of Sound, Physics Phenomena, and Messy Painting. (Mornings)

Beginning 1st/2nd (and young 3rd graders):

  • Earth — Fabulous Fossils, Made of Earth, Salmon Science, Solar System,  Astrogeology
  • Astronomy– Perfect Little Planet, Stars, Wild Weather, The Planets, Place in Space
  • Chemistry — Mix it Up (5 weeks)
  • Physics — Structures: Velcro Buildings, Keva Planks, Straw Bridges, Potato Chip Mailer, Submarine Tour

Intermediate 3rd/4th: 

  • Earth — Tools of Paleontology, Volcanoes, Made of Earth, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes
  • Astronomy — 2 Pieces of Glass, Space and Back, Astrobiology, Lunar Exploration, PNW Skies, Our Place in Space, Starry Night Live, Secrets of the Sun
  • Life Science — (Year A) Microscopes: Optics and Lenses, Slide Exploration, Cells, Making Slides, Pond Water; (Year B) Animal Behavior, Metabolism, Stimulus and Response, Fitness
  • Physics — Electricity & Magnetism 1, Electricity & Magetism 2, Physics of Sound, Phenomena 2, Newton’s 3rd Law

Advanced 5th/6th/7th: 

  • Astronomy — Navigation by stars, Exploring New Horizons, Black Holes, Infinity Express, Extreme Planets, Ice Worlds, Sun Struck, Your Galactic Address, Back to the Moon (Year A/B cycle)
  • Chemistry — Mix it UP (5 weeks)
  • Life Science — (Year A) Growing Microbes, DNA, Building Blocks, If the Genes Fit, Adaption Clip Birds; (Year B) Birds Can Fly, Squid Dissection, Cow Eye Dissection, Frog Dissection Part 1, Frog Dissection Part 2
  • Earth Science — Density, Go with the Flow, Climate and Carbon, Wind Power, Astrogeology, Sub Sonar Tour

Science Exploration (Beginning 1st-3rd, Advanced 4th-5th):  Science Exploration Classes are multi-aged grouping that young scientists participate together.  Both levels are presented the same material, with different challenges or presentations based on developmental ability and ages.  This allows the same topic to be covered by everyone in an elementary-aged family, so that they you can go home and expand upon the lessons together. (Afternoons)

Middle School Challenge (7th/8th): 10 weeks of Introduction to Chemistry and 12 Weeks of Introduction to Biology.  Students need to be able to read & write (please contact if we need to work with a learning disability), be independent, be able to work in groups of students they do not know, take notes and write a basic lab report.   If students are not familiar with lab reports, please check in and we will try to fit you into an Advanced Science biology/chemistry class. (Mornings and Afternoon)

TEAMS (Technology.Engineering.Architecture.Math.Science)

TEAMS  Intermediate Engineering (3rd — 5th):  Fall — LEGO Engineering and Architecture.  Spring — STEM labs in engineering, physics, identity, crime lab, portable planetarium. (Mornings)

TEAMS Advanced Design (5th — 8th):  Fall — engineering, physics, energy, sustainability, design, nano, portable planetarium.  Spring —  Design and Technology curriculum. (Mornings)

TEAMS Engineering & Design Combo (5-8th grade):  Fall — Engineering, Spring Design & Technology (Afternoons)

Food Science (5-8th grade):

Food Science is a branch of study that affects us all in very personal ways.  People rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to learn about where food comes from, what it contains, and the importance of making healthy choices.  This class covers the basics of what food is, how and why we eat, how food is grown, and how it affects our bodies.  This series ends with a research project deconstructing a fad diet.

Class titles: what is food, building blocks, additives, ecosystems, soil science, agriculture technology, grafting, fermentation/pickling, microbiome, diet deconstruction.


High School Science Seminar (8th-12th grade)

Lemelson-MIT JVInvenTeams curriculum: where students develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through invention-based design activities and challenges.


OHSC program has  been designed to cover topics at an interest and ability level as well as match National Science Standards as much as possible, without compromising the passion and depth that homeschoolers like to cover topics.  OHSC classes are not designed to be a completely comprehensive science curriculum from Kindergarten through eight grade.  Families are encouraged to use these courses to compliment their homeschooling curriculum.

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