WE OFFER UNIQUE HOMESCHOOL CLASSES
MindCraft Makerspace offers enrichment classes just for homeschool students, ages 9-15.
We respect that homeschoolers learn differently and come from a variety of backgrounds, and we here to support your homeschooled student where they are. Our classes center on skill building, technology, and project-based learning.
In our Hands-On Homeschool Science Lab, kids will be led through discovery and hands-on projects that will provide understandings in Physical, Environmental, Life and Earth Sciences, utilizing the technologies (computers, 3D printers, software CAD programs) and tools for designing and building at our makerspace in Stanley Marketplace.
Kids will also be introduced to the GLOBE Program. The Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment, (globe.gov) and citizen science. Students will make observations using the GLOBE Observer App and enter into the GLOBE database making for a true hands-on, real-time, science experience.
Classes are held every Wednesday from 12:30-3:00 pm
Monthly Cost $150/monthly membership (average 4 classes per month average) Once enrolled, your child will keep a place in the year-long class. When you purchase a monthly membership, the membership can be set to either automatically or manually renew. It is your choice. All materials included.
Curriculum Overview & Outline/Meeting Dates
Please Click on the Class Title and Dates to Enroll:
Earth Science -Weather: September-6, 13, 20, 27 – Exploration of weather and current information on global warming
– Make wind direction recorder
– Design and build a rain gauge
– Build a sling psychrometer for measuring humidity
Alternative Energy: October 4, 11, 18, 25– Exploration of alternative energies and implications for the future
– Design and build a solar oven
– Solar water heater, windmill
-Photovoltaic cell racer,
-Hydro powered turbine
Electronics: November 1, 8, 15, 29 – Exploration of circuitry and electronics
– Construct a flashlight
– Build and test a security alarm
– Design and build an electronic quiz game
– Build and test an electric motor
Physical Science – Motion: December 6, 13, 20 / January 10, 17, 24, 31 –In this 2-month exploration, kids will be introduced to simple machines, they will utilize the workshop and various technologies to create a variety of simple machines to be used various activities.
-Simple machines-design and build 6 simple machine components to be used to develop Rube Goldberg machine.
– Design and build a Rube Goldberg Machine
– Build and test a mousetrap – powered car
– Design and build an egg drop container
Environmental science: February 7, 14, 21, 28 –Exploration of environmental calamities and implications for engineering solutions
– Design and build an Oil Spill Clean-Up
– Design and test various Water purification systems
– Design and build a tornado proof house
– Design and build a bridge – test to see how much weight it can hold
Life Science: March 7, 14, 21, 28 / April 4, 11, 18, 25 –In this two-month series, students will explore Life sciences and current trends in hydroponics
– Build and test a Terra-aqua (this is a planter over a simulated pond, students will monitor the growth through the spring)
– Design and test an Aqua Scope
– Build a bird house
– Design and build a desert shelter to withstand extreme desert conditions
– Design and build a hydroponic system
Show What You Know: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 –Students use what they have learned to design and build a project that will support a solution to an environmental problem of choice. From concept to design, kids will learn what it takes to research, design and build a solution to a problem they care about.
Bill Meyers Bill has 31 years of experience teaching science and math to grades 4-9. Project- based learning has always been the focus of his classes. He has been involved in citizen science programs such as the Colorado River Watch and GLOBE programs for over 20 years. Bill was a member of the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement master teacher project, working with other teachers to develop learning activities related to the GPM satellite