Home School

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Please note, Workshops and Classes are offered on Thursday afternoons from 2:00- 4:00 pm, starting September 2016.

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.

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.

Fall 2016 – Workshops: Ages 6 -9 

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Discover Energy – Where is Water? – September 15th 

Explore where water is on our earth and how is affects energy. Experiment and test water as energy.

Discover Energy – A Close Look at Air – September 29th 

Observe air to  identify its traits and power. Test and see how it affects energy.

Exploring Energy – October 13th

Participate in energy activities from American Geophysical Institute to discover our energy resources.

Metrically Clipping – October 27th

Students will use nonstandard measurement and compare their systems with the metric systems. They will then apply their systems in the museum.

Are You a Square? – November 10th

Students will discover how their height is related to their arm span. They will make similar comparisons to various museum residents.

Bear Facts – December 1st 

Student will use the metric system. Bring your bear to class. Students will explore the museum using the metric system.




Fall 2016 – Classes: Ages 10 and up

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Exploring for Petroleum and Its Products – September 8th 

Conduct an investigation to see how geologists explore for petroleum. Identify special features of petroleum.

Modeling Oil and Gas Reserves – September 22nd 

Create model oil and gas reserves. Learn the science and technology behind the search for oil and gas.

Illinois Coal the Formation and Economics of Its Energy – October 6th 

Illinois has extensive coal reserves. Investigate its formation and test its economic value.

Topple the Tube – October 20th 

Tubes are found in nature as well as used in energy production. Design, construct, and test tubes. Identify a variety of natural tubes.

Using Energy Resources Wisely – November 3rd 

Celebrate women in Geosciences Day today. We depend on energy everyday. Test how people can use energy more efficiently.

It’s All in the Joints – November 17th 

Test various types of joints ti determine the strongest. Study how nature uses joints in plants and animals. Build structures with joints.

Test My Stress – December 8th 

Test the strength of structures, graph and draw conclusions from the results. Explore symmetry and structures with symmetry in nature.




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