All Classes meet on Thursdays from 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Pre registration and payment are required
Call 815 965 3433 ext 1029 to register
Per Class: $12 members/$9 additional siblings
$16 non members/$13 non members additional siblings
A year of Geoscience Labs is planned for Burpee’s Home School Classes. The classes will use the resources available in the museum’s collections. The labs qualify for high school credit.
Students will make a rock collection. They should begin collecting in September and October when the weather is good. Suggestions and materials will be given for recording the source of their specimens. Students will participate in Earth Science Week activities at the museum.
September 19 - 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 3 - 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 17 - Problem Solving in GeoScience
Students will explore early geoscience theories and their respective scientists. They will examine topographic maps and make a profile from the topographic map.
October 31 - 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 14 - 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 5 - Minerals
What is a mineral? Students will study the properties of mineral, examine, and identify a variety of minerals from Burpee’s collections.
December 19 - Rocks
Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks will be studied. Students will identify the properties of a number of rocks from the museum’s collections.