Fall 2014 Home School Classes | Pensacola MESS Hall

Fall 2014 Home School Classes

Home School Field Trip

October 3, 10 am – 11:30 am
$7/student
Join fellow home schooling families for a field trip to the MESS Hall.
Register online. Space is limited.

Science Enrichment
Grades 2-4
Wednesdays 9 AM to 10:30 AM
September 3 – October 8
$48 for members, $60 for non-members

Join us for a fun hands on science workshop covering topics such as physics, chemistry and biology with cross curricular connections. Students will learn to collaborate and use the many resources of the MESS Hall to enhance their understanding of scientific principles and develop critical thinking skills. Each week students will produce work suitable for their homeschool portfolio. This is a drop-off class, and parents and siblings will not be able to stay in the exhibit area during this time.

Hands On Science – FULL
Grades 5-8
Thursdays 9 AM to 11 AM
Begins September 4 and runs 13 weeks

Our Hands On Science for Home-school is based on a curriculum from the Johns Hopkins Talent Identification Program and covers a full-year science curriculum suitable for grades 5 through 8 (extensions can be given as homework for older students).  Each week, we will meet for 2 hours of hands-on lab work at the MESS Hall.  We will recreate experiments from Galileo, Newton, Lavoisier and other great thinkers from the Scientific Revolution.  This is a two-semester course.  During the entire year, students will cover the fundamental laws of motion, gravitation, atomic theory, the how and why of the periodic table of elements, optics, electromagnetism, an introduction to calculus and radioactive decay!  But, don’t let that scare you!  The concepts are presented in an entertaining and memorable way–suitable for both young scientists and young poets.  Each week, students will be assigned reading and additional work outside of class.  Students should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours a week working outside of class time.  Tests are provided optionally and may be graded at home or by the instructor. .
TestingNewtonTheoryFunWayTesting Newton’s Theories and Learning Calculus the Fun Way!

This is a drop-off class, and parents and siblings will not be able to stay in the exhibit area during this time. If your student is attending the afternoon session (Simple Circuits/Simple ‘Bots), they will be supervised and can bring a brown-bag lunch for the 1-hour break between classes.

Cost for the class per semester (full course is 2 semesters) is $225 for non-members, $180 for members.  In addition, students will each need a workbook and each family will need one text book.  See links below.

Textbook: Newton at the Center

(one per family, covers entire year)
Student Workbook

(one per student, covers entire year)

Simple Circuits/Simple Bots (and Advanced Projects)

Ages 10 and up
Thursdays 12 PM – 2 PM
Begins September 4 and runs 13 weeks

Students will learn the basics of electrical circuits and robotics through hands-on projects. Due to the fact that students will solder and work with live circuits, we will require students to have reached their 10th birthday before the class begins. Each student will learn to solder from circuit diagrams and use simple controls and motors to create at least one working robot per semester. (The course is available both semesters.) Class fees include all robot parts and project supplies.Students who have taken Simple Circuits/Simple Bots at the Pensacola MESS Hall before can take this course and work on an advanced project with help from the class instructor. The instructor has some suggested advanced projects suitable for former students. .
SolderingStudents will learn soldering skills.

Cost for the class per semester (each semester is an independent course) is $225 for non-members, $180 for members.

This is a drop-off class, and parents and siblings will not be able to stay in the exhibit area during this time. If your student is attending the morning session (Hands On Science for Home-school), they will be supervised and can bring a brown-bag lunch for the 1-hour break between classes.