Fairbanks Museum educators work with homeschool groups to offer a range of learning activities, making use of our amazing museum galleries, our extensive outdoor campus in Danville, and other environments in St. Johnsbury. Our focus is on experiences that make learning fun and memorable for learners in grades K – 8. Homeschool families can come individually or in a group to join one of our regularly scheduled programs. To learn more, contact Leila Nordmann.
Homeschool Fridays for 2018/19
New Homeschool Membership for 10 months of Friday classes for $50 per child
This membership is for homeschool students attending homeschool Fridays only. It does not count as a museum membership. From the time you sign-up, it will be good through June 2019. Please sign up here.
For Friday, October 12th, here are the classes being offered that day
- 9:45am Tonight's Skies Planetarium Presentation with Bobby is all ages
- 11am Fuzzy Fliers, K-3 grades
- 11am Tiniest Building Blocks, 4-8 grades
- 12pm Lunch in downstairs classroom
- 12:30pm Animal Architecture, K-3 grades
- 12:30pm Sweet Dreams, 4-8 grades
1 class + admission is $8, two classes + admission is $10. Planetarium is $5. One free adult per child, children ages 5 and up are paying students in each class.
This class explores the night's skies on the day of the visit in the planetarium and focuses on what can be seen from students' backyards. While touring the night sky, the museum educator will relate what is seen to science, mythology, planetary science, and current events.
Fuzzy Fliers: The Incredible Lives of Bats
Many people are frighten of bats, even though their harmless presence is a great benefit to humans! Usually on a warm summer night, Vermont’s bats alone suck up two billion insects out of the sky! Many of their prey are pest insects that harm our crops and us! Vermont is home to nine bat species, many of which have been terribly affected by the mysterious “white-nose syndrome.” Will their normal populations ever recover? Is there anything people can do to help? This class will explore bats with a particular focus on local species and efforts to repair the losses caused by their enigmatic affliction.
The Tiniest Building Blocks
Students may have heard of atoms, molecules, nanotechnology, and even the “quantum realm” by now as their presence in popular culture is inescapable. We have reached a point where our machines can build atom by atom, molecule by molecule. This means that we can now build structures and even complex robots that are smaller than what a regular microscope can see! What are nanobots? How will these technologies change our lives? Are they any potential dangers in this new technological revolution? This lesson serves as an introduction to the chemistry of the periodic table of elements and understanding electro-magnetic and chemical reactions. In addition, students familiar with Minecraft and Legos will see that their constructive creativity could lead them to become real-life nano-engineers!
In this class we will be taking a closer look at both how animals are physically structured and how they structure their environment to meet their needs. Adaptations like digging claws and chisel-like teeth allow animals to survive more successfully to their habitat and thrive. Hands-on activities will be incorporated to illustrate how animals use their environment.
An amazing amount of rebuilding and restoration happens to your body and brain every night when you sleep. In fact before you are born, you sleep the entire time while cells build your tissues that make up your organs and the functions they will undertake as you mature. Your very health and functioning depend on the amount and quality of sleep you receive each night. Come and see why one of the simplest human behaviors is the foundation for all we accomplish and what might be the very thing that sets us apart from other species.
Friday Homeschool Dates for the Fall
- November 16th at the museum
- December 21st at the museum
- January 11th, 2019 in the field
- February 22nd at the museum
- March 15th at the museum
- April 26th in the field -- Homeschool Science Fair: 2:30pm-4pm
- May 24th at the museum
- June 14th at the museum