About OHSC

Oregon Homeschool Science Club

Oregon Homeschool Science Club (OHSC) offers classes and events from Kindergarten through high school.  Science levels overlap by grades to give flexibility to parents wanting to challenge their child, or to accommodate students warming up to science or traditional classroom structure.

Science classes are on Tuesdays; 10 am, 11:15, 1:00,  or 2:15 pm.  Classes run on a fall/spring schedule, 12 weeks each term.  Some students opt to take two classes, for example at 10 am and an 11:15 class.  There is a two class limit.

Science Events

Check out the the events on the right drop down bar.  Events include Opening Science Assemblies, Final Empirical Films, October 2017 OMSI Coastal Discovery Outdoor School, April 2017 Amtrak to Pacific Science Center trip, and June 2017 Smithsonian Washington D.C. trip.  Be sure to RSVP your participation.

Science Classes

IMG_0415 2Discovery K/1st — Classes tend to be very hands on exploration with class topics rotating every two weeks.   Topics tend to cover bugs, nutrition, structures, electricity, engineering, magnifying glasses, human body, weather, volcanoes, sound waves, magnets and electricity, simple machines, and simple chemistry experiments.
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Beginner 2nd/3rd — These science classes will explore Earth Science, Life Science, Astronomy, Paleontology, and alternating years of Chemistry/Physics.  Classes are a mixture of hands on and more short presentation with lots of group discussion.  Light reading and writing skills, and no homework.

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Intermediate 3rd/4th and Advanced 5th — 7th —  These classes are similar in topic, but the content and objectives deepen with the older students.   Students will rotate through Physics, Chemistry, Earth, Astronomy, and Life Science labs.  There is some overlap between Intermediate and Advanced, in areas that need repetition for mastery and comprehension.

Middle School Chemist• Middle School Challenge  7th/8th grade — This class focuses on 8th grade state standards in Biology and Chemistry.  Classes will work in a real chemistry lab to solve challenges, or operate various high powered microscopes in lab research.   Students meet for two hours each week, have some engaging take home assignments, are expected to work as teams and independently, and contribute to group discussion and presentations.  There is no text book, however students are expected to be able to take notes or keep a science journal.

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.    2016-2017 Electronic Textiles; 2017-2018 Shoe Sole Design.

T.E.A.M.S.  Technology.Engineering.Architecture.Math.Science.

DSC_0986TEAMS Intermediate (3rd-5th grades) and Advanced (5th–8th grades) classes are Team building challenging activities.  Each year courses are selected from the options of Lego Engineering, IMAGINEERING, Lego Robotics, Nano Technology, Submarine exploration, and other fun classes that students have requested.  See the schedule in June for selections that are being offered.  Each year is a different selection.

Food Science 

2016-2017 What is Food

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.

2017-2018 Food and Culture   Taking the first section is recommended, but not required. In Food and Culture, we will explore the social science side of food, including how far our meal often journeys from the field to our plate, and how both giant agribusiness and local farms affect our diet and health. Students will delve into some food justice issues and local and worldwide food traditions. The course ends with a capstone project on navigating the world of healthy choices in cafeterias, grocery stores, restaurants, advertising, and more

 

OHSSC in Biology
OHSSC in Biology

Class Size  

Classes range in size from 14 to 18 students, plus auditing parents and siblings.  True to homeschooling tradition, the siblings are hopping up and down at the side, ready with answers or questions of their own.  Since OMSI instructors see our kids on a regular basis and develop a relationship with each class, the instructors have the ability (and our encouragement) to go deeper with each lesson.  Our kids love to be in science classes and leave with answers and the desire for more questions.

Dissection! Hands on for all ages of homeschooling scientists.
Dissection! Hands on for all ages of homeschooling scientists.

 

Throughout the year many new families ask to join.  It is always hard to say that classes are full at 18 students, but when the new families join, they always appreciate the not-too-small, not-too-large groups.

 

 

 

Tuition

1) Families need to purchase an OMSI museum pass.  OMSI offers a homeschool membership by presenting your membership name tag at the OMSI membership desk during our Science Tuesdays or at the opening science assembly.

Homeschooling Lego Robotics
Homeschooling Lego Robotics

 

2) Non-refundable registration fee of $25.  Registered families are invited to join the Opening Science Assemblies, End of Term Empirical Films, and to register for any special events offered through the email announcements.

All ages of scientists . . . Even parent and child teams are in the lab.
All ages of scientists . . . Even parent and child teams are in the lab.

 

 

3)  Fall/Full Year Tuition is due August 1st.  Tuition is refundable up to August 15th.  Un-refundable tuition goes to course development and assemblies.

 

Spring only tuition is due December 1st and is refundable up to December 10th.