Home School Families & Co-ops

On site LSC Home School Days are back! LSC Home School Days are for families who wish to supplement their science curriculum with an engaging, inquiry-based exploration inspired by a diverse group of scientists and engineers.

Programs are structured so that families with multiple children of different ages can have a shared, age-appropriate educational experience. Learners will be grouped by age: Adventurers (ages 4-6), and Investigators (ages 7-9). Families are not required to stay within defined age groups; however, program content is built to align with grade-level performance expectations defined by the Next Generation Science Standards.

Adventurers (ages 4-6)
Program Length: 60 minutes (10:30 am - 11:30 am)
Non-Member Pricing: $35 per child and $10 per adult (includes general admission)
Member Pricing: $25 per child

Investigators (ages 7-9)
Program Length: 2.5 hours (10:30 am - 1:00 pm, with a lunch break from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Non-Member Pricing: $65 per child and $10 per adult (includes general admission)
Member Pricing: $50 per child

Please be advised that Liberty Science Center requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all visitors age 12 years and older. Click here to learn more.

Programs may be canceled if minimum registration requirements are not met. Notifications regarding program cancellation will be sent one week before the program date.

Virtual Home School: As we go through another wonderful year celebrating science, we understand that many of our young home-schoolers will be unable to join us in person. As a result, we have added virtual days for this school year. Separate 45-minute virtual workshops will be provided for children ages 4-6 (our Adventurers, meeting from 9:30 – 10:15 am) and ages 7-9 (our Investigators, meeting from 11 – 11:45 am). Each session will include a hands-on experiment to talk about a science concept connecting to the work of our featured scientist of the month.

Below, please see our 2021-22 offerings for on site and virtual courses.

Programs at LSC

Thursday, Dec. 16

Valerie L. Thomas

Do you have dreams of working in NASA? Well, this month’s scientist not only worked for NASA but invented something they still use to this day! Scientist and inventor Valerie L. Thomas invented the illusion transmitter. To celebrate her work, we will stop by our Science On a Sphere display to see how data can be used broadly in science.

Adventurer (ages 4-6)
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Investigator (ages 7-9)
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Thursday, Jan. 20

Cynthia Breazeal

Ever dream of robots in your home? Well, Cynthia Breazeal is an American roboticist and entrepreneur who is pioneering the world’s first family robot. Join us as we use Lego WeDos to explore Cynthia Breazeal's work with robotics.

Adventurer (ages 4-6)
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Investigator (ages 7-9)
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Thursday, Feb. 24

Benjamin Banneker

Despite having no formal education, Benjamin Banneker successfully predicted solar eclipses, published his own almanac, and became one of the first African Americans to gain distinction in science. To honor Banneker’s abilities and contributions, we will explore the patterns visible in the sky through the use of our planetarium and more.

Adventurer (ages 4-6)
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Investigator (ages 7-9)
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Thursday, March 24

Nina Tandon

As humans begin to live longer, scientists like Nina Tandon are exploring ways to extend not only our longevity but also our vitality. As the CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, Tandon has created the first company to grow human bones! While we won’t be growing bones in this program, we will explore using 3D printing pens and other tools to create meaningful models of the human hand.

Adventurer (ages 4-6)
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Investigator (ages 7-9)
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Thursday, April 21

Wangari Maathai

Besides being a social, environmental, and political activist, Wangari Muta Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. To help conserve the environment and improve the quality of life for women, Maathai built a grassroots organization focused around planting trees to slow the processes of deforestation and desertification. To celebrate her work, we will be exploring the basic needs of plants and animals in this month’s program commemorating Earth Day.

Adventurer (ages 4-6)
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Investigator (ages 7-9)
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Thursday, May 19

Fazlur Rahman Khan

Considered the father of tubular designs, Fazlur Rahman Khan was a Bangladeshi American civil engineer known for his innovations in high-rise construction. To celebrate his work, we will be exploring the engineering design process and trying our hand at constructing some wind resistant buildings of our own.

Adventurer (ages 4-6)
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Investigator (ages 7-9)
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Thursday, June 23

Robby Goldman

We’re going to close our season much like we started… with a bang! Our final scientist in focus is Robby Goldman, a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois. Goldman’s work looks at how stresses within a volcanic system influence how magma spreads and where eruptions occur. And what better way to celebrate his work than make some volcanoes of our own!

Adventurer (ages 4-6)
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Investigator (ages 7-9)
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Virtual Programs

Thursday, Feb. 17

Benjamin Banneker

Despite having no formal education, Benjamin Banneker successfully predicted solar eclipses, published his own almanac, and became one of the first Black Americans to gain distinction in science. To honor Banneker’s abilities and contributions, we will explore the patterns visible in the sky through the use of our planetarium and more.

Adventurer (ages 4-6):
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Investigator (ages 7-9):
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Thursday, June 16

Robby Goldman

We’re going to close our season much like we started…with a bang! Our final scientist in focus is Robby Goldman, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois. Goldman’s work looks at how stresses within a volcanic system influence how magma spreads and where eruptions occur. And what better way to celebrate his work than to make some volcanoes of our own!

Adventurer (ages 4-6):
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Investigator (ages 7-9):
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