Now offering multiple times per month to fit your schedule!
Orlando Science Center hosts themed homeschool days for Grades K–8 each month during the academic year, September through May.
Students 12 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Each course includes:
- Standards-based Discovery Lab
- Guided exhibit experiences led by an Orlando Science Center Educator
- Large format educational films
- Work samples for your student’s homeschool portfolio
Fall Homeschool Schedule
Each topic is offered twice per month so you can pick which day best fits your schedule!
September: Technology Month
September 7 or 11, 2020
Grades K - 2: Bee Robotics
- Blue-Bot needs your help! It needs to travel from the hive to all the flowers in the garden to gather nectar and help pollinate, but it’s not sure in what order it should visit each location. Can you program Blue-Bot with an algorithm that will help it know what steps to follow on its journey around the garden?
Grades 3 - 5: VEX Robotics
- ROADS CLOSED! How do we navigate our way through a new route? Students will learn the basics of programming and apply their knowledge of maps and measurements while they explore alternate paths with a VEX Robot. Is your team up to this robot challenge?
Grades 6 - 8: Destination STEM - 3D Printing
- Explore the basics of how computer models can be turned into real, tangible objects with a 3D Printer! Discover how scientists, engineers, and even doctors are using 3D printers in their fields.
September 21 or 25, 2020
Grades K - 2: Making Milo with LEGO WeDo
- Ready, set, robotics! Students will explore the basics of programming and robotics by creating the science rover, Milo.
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Grades 3 - 5: Coloring the Code
- Discover a special way to code Ozobots by using color patterns. Color your way to find the correct codes and complete a space mission by building a mini-rover to collect Martian rock samples.
Grades 6 - 8: Stop Motion Animation
- Lights, camera, action! Students will use cameras, green screen technology, and their imagination to create stop motion animation videos.
October: Engineering Month
October 5 or 9, 2020
Grades K - 2: STEM-tastic
- After a shipwreck on a deserted island, there’s no telling what resources you’d have available to you. But no matter the scenario, you’ll always have one limitless resource: creativity! Put that notion to the test in this simulation that calls on other skills like collaboration and critical thinking in order to engineer a safe, habitable shelter.
Grades 3 - 5: STEM-tastic
- Shipwreck! Embark on a journey through engineering with an Engineering Design Challenge! Solve real-world problems by creating structures with Civil Engineering and experience Electrical Engineering by designing circuits.
Grades 6 - 8: Destination STEM - Bridges
- Use the Engineering Design Process to build a bridge that meets size specifications and holds weight. Will you bridge hold up under pressure?
October 19 or 23, 2020
Grades K - 2: Engineering Together
- Explore the tools and techniques needed to make super-strong structures that stand up to the challenge. Using the Engineering Design Process, students will collaborate with their team to design and build a LEGO bridge that is at least 14 x 2 in. and can support a mass of at least 300 grams.
Grades 3 - 5: Ancient Engineering
- Become an ancient engineer with modern materials! Learn about aqueducts and their use throughout the ages. Use the Engineering Design Process to design and create a model of these wonderful waterways.
Grades 6 - 8: Lasers Engage!
- Design and build a laser path that hits two designated targets, incorporates a combination of mirrors and prisms, and creates the shortest path possible.
November: Physics Month
November 2 or 6, 2020
Grades K - 2: Little Engineers
- Anything is possible when you follow the Engineering Design Process! Fly between the pages of Giulia Belloni’s aptly-named story Anything Is Possible to find the inspiration you’ll need to solve the characters’ dilemma while working with a team of fellow engineers.
Grades 3 - 5: Roller Coaster Physics
- Demonstrate how the forces of inertia, gravity, and friction affect motion while building a roller coaster model. Trace the flow of energy as it converts from potential to kinetic along the track.
Grades 6 - 8: Destination STEM - Roller Coasters
- Investigate energy transformations and discover careers in modeling and simulation while designing a fun and safe roller coaster.
November 16 or 20, 2020
Grades K - 2: Trampolines
- Learn to think like an engineer and use your knowledge of math and science to reach a goal. Using the Engineering Design Process you will collaborate to design and create a trampoline bed that will allow a ball to bounce at least 20 in high!
Grades 3 - 5: Trampolines
- Explore the physics behind what makes a trampoline bounce! Use the Engineering Design Process to create a trampoline bed that springs a ball at least 50 cm into the air.
Grades 6 - 8: Vehicles in Motion
- Soar into the world of gliders where you can take to the skies with your imagination! Learn about the forces of flight and collaborate with your fellow pilots to create a model glider. The sky’s the limit!
December: Biology Month
December 7 or 11, 2020
Grades K - 2: Superworm Science
- Dive into life science by investigating superworm behavior through a science experiment. Using the scientific method, collaborate to design and implement an experiment to determine which physical properties superworms prefer in their food.
Grades 3 - 5: Superworm Science
- Discover and analyze the behavior of insects through scientific experimentation! Make observations, form a hypothesis and draw conclusions about the favorite food of the super-est of worms – the superworm!
Grades 6 - 8: Destination STEM - Dissection
- Ever wonder what’s inside the things around you? Roll up your sleeves and delve into the guts of everything from chicken hearts to squid all while learning how things are constructed.
December 14 or 18, 2020
Grades K - 2: Budding Biologist
- Put on your lab coats and take a deep dive into the science of biology! Discover more about the living things that are essential to our environment. Step into the role of junior biologists to investigate the world around us!
Grades 3 - 5: Inspired by Nature
- Dive into urban pond discovery by analyzing pond pollutants up close. Students will conduct pH analysis, use microscopes, and learn what challenges these pond creatures face.
Grades 6 - 8: Nature Naturalists
- Get up close with living things to discover chemical changes that occur with plants during photosynthesis. Explore the effects of stimulants and depressants on animal cell biology. Observe the similarities and differences between animal and plant cell structure.
Hours & Pricing
The homeschool program runs from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Student & Caregiver Pair – Member – $32
Student & Caregiver Pair – General Public – $35
Additional Student – $15
Additional Adult – $15
Student Only – Member – $17
Student Only – General Public – $20
Student & Caregiver Pair – Member – $37
Student & Caregiver Pair – General Public – $41
As a prerequisite for admission, all guests ages 3+ are required to wear a face covering and have their temperature checked. If an individual from your party does not pass the temperature screening, the entire party will not be permitted to enter the museum. While in attendance, all guests are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines and wash or disinfect hands frequently.
For full details on the modifications we’ve made to our experience and our health and safety procedures, please download the building reopening plan or contact Reservations at 407.514.2112 for specific details about your program.