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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 11:15 a.m. Programs are divided into three age groups; 6-8, 9-11, and 12 & up. The program fee is $7 per student.  Labs are denoted with the (*) and are optional.  Lab time is 11:15 - 12:00 p.m. and available for all students registered in the session.  There is an additional $3 fee for each lab.  The student must attend the session in order to participate in the lab.

2017 - 2018 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 6 - Lab Safety and Introduction / Experiments

September 20 - Chemistry:  Elements/Mixtures

October 4 - Geography:  Mapping/Environmental

October 18 - Geology:  Rocks, Plate Tectonics      (*) LAB

November 1 - Computer Science

November 15- Machines and Technology

December 6 - Astronomy:  Earth and Its Neighbors

December 20 - Celestial Events / Space Happenings

January 3 - Engineering Skills

January 17 - Engineering in Action

February 7 - Current Events

February 21 - Paleontology

March 7 - Anthropology     (*)  LAB

March 21 - Habitats and Life Needs

April 4 - Animals:  Invertebrates

April 18 - Animals:  The Other 3%

May 2 - Plants     (*)  LAB

May 16 - End of Year Celebration