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.
A year of Geoscience Labs is planned for Burpee’s Home School Classes. The classes will use all of the resources available in the museum’s collections. The labs qualify for high school credit. Students will make a rock collection. Suggestions and materials will be given for recording the source of their specimens.
Spring 2018 Workshops: 6 to 9 year olds
January 18 – Water Quality
Students will observe, classify, and serial order water samples according to their degree of hardness and softness. They will also taste test and analyze samples of drinking water.
February 1 – Water Absorption and Erosion
Experiment with the rate at which water soaks into various soils to demonstrate the porosity of soil. Students will also observe the effects of erosion caused by rain on a bore hillside.
February 15 – Water Distribution
Students will design efficient water systems to solve the problem of water distribution.
March 1 – Water Olympics
Join the “Olympic” water team to discover the unique properties of water.
March 15 – Geosphere: Earth’s Features
Students will observe and compare their environment with other physical features of the Earth, making models, and pictures.
April 5 – Rocks
Students will observe the physical properties of rocks and group them accordingly. They will use Burpee’s study collection.
April 19 – Erosion
Experiments with wind, water, and ice will show how erosion changes the earth.
May 10 – Soils and Sands
Students will observe and work with samples to discover the properties of soil and sand.
May 24 – Inside the Earth
Build a model to discover the earth’s structure and identify materials from the earth.
June 7 – Quakes and Volcanoes
Through several investigations and activities, students will discover the effects of quakes and how volcanoes erupt.
Spring 2018 Classes: Ages 10 +
January 11 – Weathering and Soils
What factors effect weathering? Students will study physical and chemical weathering and soils, the product of weathering.
January 25 – Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks Experiment with the formulation of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Distinguish between contact and regional metamorphism. Use clay models.
February 8 – Erosion
Examine the forces of nature that result in erosion. Conduct several experiments that demonstrate erosion as well as a Lab working with the Angle of Repose.
February 22 – Earth’s Interior
Set up models that demonstrate the regions of the Earth, movement within the mantle, the tension and compression forces, and the recycling of the Earth’s crust.
March 8 – Earthquakes
Explore the forces behind earthquakes. Create model seismic waves. Map major the Earth’s earthquakes. Study the fault zones of Illinois and its earthquakes.
March 22 – Volcanoes
Build a model volcano; examine the different types and their subsequent lava. Map significant volcanoes of the world.
April 12 – Plate Tectonics
Conduct experiments that demonstrate the principles behind the theory of Plate Tectonics. Map the plates of the world.
May 3 – Geologic Time
Explore the Geologic Time Periods, including relative age, Principle of Superposition and Uniform Processes.
May 17 – Fossils I
Meet the Paleozoic Era. Examine Monsters of the Midwest. Examine items from the permanent collection.
May 31 – Fossils II
Travel through the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. Examine Burpee’s finds from Utah and Montana. Visit Burpee’s Fossil Prep Lab.