Please note, Workshops and Classes are offered on Thursday afternoons from 2:00- 4:00 pm.
Classes are for ages 10+ and Workshops are for ages 6-9. Participants can sign up for the entire month, semester, or pick and choose which classes to attend. These programs are inquiry based; hands-on activities and experiments are the core of all classes. The curriculum is based on the AIMS (Activities Investigating Mathematics and Science) and GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) curricula. Students will measure, estimate, observe, predict, classify, gather and record data.
Classes (Ages 10+)
September 21 – Exploring the Earth
Students will study matter, the phases of matter and the interaction of matter and energy. They will use Landsat images to measure the area flooded by the Mississippi River.
October 5 – The Structure of Matter
Elements, compounds, mixtures, properties of matter including mass and density form the core of this class. Students will find the mass and density of various specimens.
October 19 – Problem Solving in Geo Science
Students will explore early geoscience theories and their respective scientists. They will examine topographic maps and make a profile from the topographic map.
November 2 – The Earth’s Water Supply
Students will develop various simulations to identify the percentage of useable water available on earth. They will study drainage systems and work with stream models.
November 16- The World’s Oceans
The topography of the sea floor provides the focus of this class. Students will work with salinity and map a section of the ocean floor.
December 7 – Minerals
What is a mineral? Students will study the properties of mineral, examine, and identify a variety of minerals from Burpee’s collections.
Workshops (Ages 6 to 9)
September 28 – Water Awareness
Students will make predictions as to the percentages of salt and fresh water found on the earth and compare their estimates with actual percentages. They will study the structure of the water molecule.
October 12 – All Bottled Up
Students will study surface tension of water. They will graph the capacities of four different bottles, predicting and observing the various volumes of water held by each.
October 26 – Water Cycle
Students will create a mini water cycle to understand the processes of evaporation and condensation.
November 9 – Evaporation: Pond Today, Meadow Tomorrow
Physical and biological processes interact to produce changes in the environment. Students will determine if surface area affects the evaporation rate of liquids.
November 30 – Water Conservation: Drip Drop Flip Flop
Ways of conserving water will be identified. Students will measure the amount of water wasted when allowing a spigot to run until the water gets warm.
December 14- Water Treatment: That Settles It
Here is a class of experiments that simulate settling and filtration, important components of water treatment. The class culminates with an activity that simulates the steps in the water treatment process.
Fees per student/class:
Burpee Museum Members
$12 first child – $9 per additional sibling
$16 first child – $13 per additional sibling
Pre-registration and prepayment is required for all classes. Cancellations must be made at least one week prior to the class. See refund policy for more details.
Burpee Museum reserves the right to limit enrollment or cancel any class. Every effort will be made to notify registrants when a class is cancelled. Refund Policy: one full week’s notice.
Contact Betsy Carlson for more information on Home School Programs
For over 10 years, Burpee Museum has been offering science classes for students who are home schooled. Current teacher, Betsy Carlson, MEd, home schooled her own children, has extensive experience as a teacher in a local home school co-op, and has been on the education staff at Burpee since 2003.