HSC – Rancho Santa Margarita-Elementary- 2nd-6th grade

Instructor: Katie VanDecar

Wednesdays: 
10:00 – 10:55 am
Fridays:
1:00 – 1:55 pm

Homeschool Campus – Santa Margarita

30161 Avenida De Las Baneras
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

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Contact: Jill Wilcox: jill@science2u.com, 562-754-1081

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Illuminating Lights /Crazy Colors

This class could get messy but it sure is fun! We’ll explore what color is through mixing various colored liquids and by using colored lenses. You’ll make our own color wheels and spin them to make new colors. You get to experiment and see if you can make the colors you predict by using your color wheel. We’ll use pigments and filters to learn what chromatography is and we’ll even find out if you are colorblind through some really funny experiments! How do you actually see color? How do colors absorb and reflect light? You’ll even make your own pair of 3-D glasses and check out some funny pictures in class, then you can take them home to watch movies or read 3-D books!

  • Wed: Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Fri: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29

Enjoying Energy

Come learn about energy! What is it? Learn how energy “works”, what the three types of energy are, how to transfer it, how to produce it, and how to calculate how much you produce. Filled with lots of cool, ENERGETIC experiments!

  • Wed: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Fri: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27

Animal Behavior

In this class your students will learn about the behavior differences among various types of animals. Just a few of the questions we will explore are: What is the difference between an earthworm and a mealworm? What does a snail eat? What is an earthworm’s favorite spot, light or dark, moist or dry? We’ll have all hands-on activities to learn about the behavior of these and other critters.

  • Wed: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class Nov. 22)
  • Fri: Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1 (no class Nov. 24)

Marine Life

This class is all hands-on with marine creatures. Learn abut the habits and anatomy of various marine organisms. We will be dissecting a shark, fish and some invertebrates like clams. We’ll also discover the beauty of the kelp forest and find out what kinds of animals live there.

  • Wed: Dec. 6, 13,  Jan. 10, 17 (no class Dec. 20, 27, Jan. 3)
  • Fri: Dec. 8, 15,  Jan 12, 19 (no class Dec. 22, 29, Jan. 5)

Amazing Matter

How do you define life? What is the difference between living and non-living objects? What are the differences between solids, liquids and gases? What causes some things to float while others sink? Let’s find the answers through hands-on experiments!

  • Wed: Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14
  • Fri: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16

Amazing World of Water

Water is one of the most abundant resources on earth. What is it made of and how does it function? You’ll be amazed at how much you do not know about this substance that constantly surrounds us. We’ll learn about why it is important to protect the water on our planet and we’ll even perform some water tests by designing and using our own water filters. Come join the fun!

  • Wed: Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21
  • Fri: Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23

Magical Machines

We use machines every day. Usually we don’t even realize what all these machines are doing. We’ll explore the world of machines from levers to pulleys and gears. Through these fun experiments, the students will learn the basic physics behind simple machines. The kids will even design a machine to lift the teacher!

  • Wed: Mar. 28, Apr. 11, 18, 25 (no class Apr. 4)
  • Fri: Mar. 30, Apr. 13, 20, 27 (no class Apr. 6)

Big World of Little Insects

This is the best time of the year to learn about these little six-legged wonders. We’ll learn about the life-cycle of bees, ants, lady bugs and crickets. We’ll find out why insects are the most abundant animals on our planet. This class is filled with lots of fun experiments and activities, some of which the kids get to take home!

  • Wed: May 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Fri: May 4, 11, 18, 25