Homeschool Science Series

SCI’s Homeschool Science Series invites families of all ages and grade levels to explore science topics by diving deeper into the themes of the SCI exhibits you know and love. With hands-on workshops for students and parents, the Homeschool Science Series is a unique opportunity for homeschoolers to enhance their curriculum through STEM programming led by SCI staff.

Workshops also provide an opportunity for homeschoolers to share ideas and expand their network of like-minded learners. The Homeschool Science Series will be held in SCI’s lab spaces, and we invite you to visit the corresponding experience platform after each workshop.


  • February 15, 9:45-10:45 am - Ecosystem Exploration
    Discover the amazing diversity in animal habitats and create your own in this workshop inspired by our What On Earth? exhibit. You’ll learn about the different environments Iowa’s amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals call home. Then, create a mini-ecosystem of your own with a DIY take-home terrarium and design a journal where you can record data and observe life in your terrarium.

  • March 29, 9:45-10:45 am - Flight and Physics
    From the Ball Wall to the Rocket Table, SCI’s When Things Get Moving exhibit invites visitors to explore all things fun, fast-paced and in motion. In this physics-inspired workshop, you’ll learn how Newton’s three laws of motion influence your favorite activities in this experience platform and launch a variety of objects as you test those laws in action.

  • April 19, 9:45-10:45 am - Sudsy Science
    Bubble Bay in our Small Discoveries exhibit is popular for visitors of all ages. In this month’s workshop, you’ll learn how bubbles maintain their shape as we study the ratio of surface area to volume. We’ll make bubble snakes and mix up the ultimate bubble solution so you can make the best bubbles ever!

Class Options:
To accommodate a variety of skills and learning levels, two tracks are available for Homeschool Science Series workshops:

  • Novice (ages 4-8)
  • Practioner (ages 9-14)
  • BONUS: Parents are invited to take part in a concurrent workshop that will support the learning of their students.


  • SCI Members = $10 per child
  • Non-members = $19 per child

Workshop registration includes materials and admission to SCI for the day. Parents receive free workshop admission.

To register for workshops, call the SCI Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

Register for two workshops, and get the third free!