Home School Workshop Programs

Liberty Science Center offers Home School Workshops for families who wish to supplement their science curriculum with an inquiry-based, hands-on adventure that will foster children's curiosity. Our home school sessions are divided into three groups: Adventurers (ages 4-6), Investigators (ages 7-9), and Specialists (ages 10-12).

Reservations must be made at least one week before each program in order to secure materials for the students. Please call our Reservations Department at 201.253.1310 or email groups@lsc.org to book your spot.

The program is structured in such a way that families with multiple children of different ages can have a shared, age-appropriate educational experience. We unify the experience each month by celebrating a different scientist. The whole group comes together to learn more about the person's scientific contributions before breaking out into smaller, age-focused groups for hands-on inquiry.

Programs take place from 10:00 to 11:30 am in the Center for Learning and Teaching (First Floor). Please arrive promptly as the programs will start on time.

9:45 – 10:00: Check-in
10:00 – 11:30: Lab Session

2019-20 Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Gene Shoemaker

If we could lasso the moon for our homeschool families, we would. But for our first program of the year, we’ll settle with studying the founder of astrogeology, Gene Shoemaker. Shoemaker’s work on understanding impact craters led to the first mapping of the Moon. We’re shooting for the Moon with this one!

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Hedy Lamarr

Best known as a Hollywood actress, the Austrian-American Hedy Lamarr was also an inventor. Her innovative ideas ranged from airplane designs which mimicked birds to torpedo guidance systems that prevented the interception of radio waves. Students will explore her work in this lab all about the engineering design process.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Madam C.J. Walker

What’s even cooler than studying chemistry? Studying chemistry as well as one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. That’s right, we’ll be learning all about Madam C.J. Walker whose hair gel and hand lotion sparked a booming enterprise.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Karl von Frisch

It’s National Train Your Dog Month. Although we won’t be training dogs, students will get an introduction into animal behavior as we explore the work of Karl von Frisch and his study of bees.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Dr. Alexa Irene Canady

Dr. Alexa Irene Canady was the first African-American woman in the United States to become a neurosurgeon. During this program, we will explore dissections and surgical procedures to learn more about Canady’s work.

Tuesday, March 24

Maria Sibylla Merian

In March, we celebrate National Wildlife Week! To honor the beauty of our LSC animals, students will learn more about science illustrator and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian whose love for insects and plants advanced the world of entomology.

Tuesday, April 14

Gladys West

As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day, we will explore more about what makes our planet tick as we investigate Gladys West. West invented an accurate model of Earth which was used for finding locations around the globe.

Tuesday, May 12

James West

The modern day microphones found in things like baby monitors, hearing aids, and telephones are all thanks in part to James West. During this program, students will investigate how sound works as we explore this inventor’s work.

Tuesday, June 9

Jacques Cousteau

In our last homeschool day of the series, we will get an introduction to LSC’s aquatic animals as part of our investigation into Cousteau’s work in underwater exploration.

Please note: We also hold free Educator Mornings for home school educators to learn more about our programs! Click here to get the details.