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
Spring Homeschool Schedule
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.
January: Earth Month
January 11 or 15, 2021
Grades K - 2: Forces of Nature
Our planet is constantly changing as a result of the many forces of nature. You will discover how the Sun affects these forces. Delve into a vicious volcano, explore erosion, and engineer wind-powered objects.
Grades 3 - 5: Forces of Nature
Planet Earth has some amazing forces of nature! Students will experiment with a volcano, find out how weathering and erosion change the Earth, and explore the fast winds of a hurricane.
Grades 6 - 8: DSTEM – Helium Balloon
Become an aerospace engineer by experiencing the battle between gravity and buoyancy! By collecting data and calculating the opposing forces, teams create a balanced attachment that will suspend a model weather balloon in the atmosphere. Can your team rise to the challenge?
January 25 or 29, 2021
Grades K-2: Science of the Seasons
What makes each season different? Students will explore the science behind the seasons as they look at concepts like the color change of leaves in the Fall and why there are more flowers in Spring.
Grades 3-5: Wonderful Weather
Learn about friction and drag while creating a wind turbine. Students will use the Engineering Design Process to create the most effective turbine to catch the wind and generate enough power to turn on an LED light. Can you blow away your goal?
Grades 6-8: Weather Watch
What's the weather today? How do our actions affect it? Take the first step toward a green future, and discover possible sources of global climate changes in our atmosphere.
February: Chemistry Month
Grades K-2: Wicked Reactions
February 1 or 5, 2021
- Crash! Boom! Bang! The scientific method is anything but boring. This class will be sure to get the right reaction out of you: science rules!
Grades 3-5: La-BOR-atory
February 1 or 5, 2021
- Welcome to the lab - a place where we use the power of science to explore the big, the small, and everything in between! Between observing matter change from one state to another and performing chemical changes of our very own, we’ll need our goggles for this one!
Grades 6-8: OSCSI
February 1, 2021
- Become a crime scene investigator and decipher the evidence to discover the truth! Match ink samples with chromatography, identify mystery unknowns by their physical and chemical properties, learn blood-typing techniques, and create sketches of a suspect using facial composite computer software.
Grades K-2: Curious Chemist
February 22 or 26, 2021
- Are you curious about chemistry? Join us today as we do some fun kitchen chemistry and learn all about matter!
Grades 3-5: Rockin’ Reactions
February 22 or 26, 2021
- Discover the rockin’ world of chemical reactions! From common baking soda to the not so common phenol red, we’ll explore the properties of various chemicals and compounds in order to see how they react with one another. These experiments will be sure to get the right reaction out of you: science rules!
March: Astronomy Month
Grades K-2: Spaced Out
March 1 or 5, 2021
- Rocket your knowledge of space to infinity and beyond! Mold a scale model of the planets in our solar system, and be amazed by the distances between them. Enlighten yourself about day and night, explore the guts of a telescope, and learn about the Sun’s extreme energy.
Grades 3-5: Exploring Mars
March 1 or 5, 2021
- Are we ready to live on Mars? Is Mars ready to be our home? Combine your knowledge about space, earth science, and engineering to learn how NASA scientists study Mars and other planets. Students will learn about the characteristics of the inner and outer planets, solar energy, rotation and revolution, aerospace engineering, and astrobiology to solve this real-world puzzle.
Grades K-2: Junior Astronauts
March 22 or 26, 2021
- Get ready for a journey to the Sun, Moon, and the amazing planets that call our solar system home! Join us today to train like an astronaut and plan your mission to space.
Grades 3-5: Blasting Off!
March 26, 2021
- In this out-of-this-world challenge, Students will learn all about the variables that can affect a rocket launch and will use the Engineering Design Process to develop a launch-able rocket with an accurate landing system that allows their rocket to land upright in a targeted area. Three! Two! One! Blast Off!
Grades 6-8: Space Tech
March 22, 2021
- More missions have been attempted to Mars than anywhere else in the Solar System! What’s next for the exploration of the Red Planet? We’ll explore how the science and technology of previous missions has informed the planning for future missions.
April: Renewable Energy & Conservation Month
Grades K-2: Mini Builders
April 5 or 9, 2021
- Can we build it? Yes, we can! Put your creativity to the test as you engineer a sail to power a car using the renewable energy source of wind. Help create a cleaner and greener future!
Grades 3-5: Solar Fair
April 5, 2021
- Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but many people do not harness this natural resource to its greatest advantage. This challenge will place the sun front and center as the students must design and create a fair ride that is run solely on solar power.
Grades 6-8: DSTEM – Wind Power
April 5, 2021
- Harness the power of wind! Students will use the Engineering Design Process to create the most effective wind turbine blade design, and learn how we can create a greener future with renewable energy.
Grades K-2: Great Outdoors
April 19 or 23, 2021
- Fresh air, clean water, pure soil - this is all possible through your own imagination. Find out ways you can make this world a greener place.
Grades 3-5: Green Roof Challenge
April 23, 2021
- Students will gain an understanding of how water can be supplied by community water systems, how the water cycle works, and will discover how important water conservation is for our communities.
May: Amazing Animals Month
Grades K-2: Powerful Pollinators
May 3 or 7, 2021
- Let’s get to the root of the problem! Use your STEM skills to design a pollination system and learn how plants grow. Allow your imagination to blossom!
Grades 3-5: Powerful Pollinators
May 3, 2021
- What do plants need to grow? Students will experiment with material properties to create a hand pollinator of their own design. In doing so, they will learn why plants are so important to life on Earth and how we can support their growth.
Grades K-2: Build a Bug
May 17 or 21, 2021
- The bugs have it! Students will learn about animal adaptations and the strength of the might ant. They will then use the Engineering Design Process to design a super-strong insect.
Grades 3-5: Airborne Arachnids
May 21, 2021
- Discover the unique abilities that different animals utilize in the wild, and mimic a particular animal’s special ability by completing an Engineering Design Challenge!
Grades 6-8: Ocean Explorers
May 17, 2021
- Let’s talk about turtles! Students will learn how these marine creatures are integral parts of the ocean food web and track their migratory patterns in order to better conserve the species.
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.