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Homeschool Education

Homeschool EducationThe Virginia Museum of Natural History is dedicated to providing engaging science and engineering programming to homeschool students. Currently, the museum offers the Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy, a series of bi-monthly programs from September to May designed to supplement students' learning and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based topics.

Additionally, the museum will work with homeschool groups individually to design and provide programming relevant to students' needs. As with all school groups, the museum also will provide guided, educational tours for homeschool groups. Click here or contact us at discover@vmnh.virginia.gov or 276-634-4185 to schedule a tour or learn more about what the museum can offer your students.

Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy

VMNH offers engaging science and engineering programs for home school students. Programs are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Programs are divided into three age groups; 6-8, 9-11, and 12-14 and students must meet the minimum age for each group by September 1. The program fee is $7 per student. Discounts are available for prepayment of all sessions at the beginning of each academic year or for families with two or more children enrolled.

2016 - 2017 Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy Schedule

Pre-registration is required one week prior to each program by calling the museum at (276) 634-4185 or emailing the museum at discover@vmnh.virginia.gov.

September 7 - Nature of Science and Scientific Investigations

September 21 - Engineering Design

October 5 - Life Sciences: Plants; Cells

October 19 - Life Sciences: Animals; Cells; Classification

November 2 - Life Sciences: Life Cycles; Ecosystems; Populations

November 16- Life Sciences: Living Systems; Watersheds; Ecosystems

December 7 - Engineering in the Life Sciences

December 21 - Earth Sciences: The sun and Earth; Earth, moon, and sun

January 4 - Earth Sciences: Weather; Oceans

January 18 - Earth Sciences: Rocks; Rock Cycle; Minerals

February 1 - Earth Sciences: Natural Resources

February 15 - Engineering in the Earth Sciences

March 1 - Physical Sciences: Matter

March 15 - Physical Sciences: Force and Motion; Atomic Structure

April 5 - Physical Sciences: Magnetism; Electricity; Energy

April 19 - Physical Sciences: Sound; Light;

May 3 - Engineering in the Physical Sciences

May 17 - End of Year Celebration