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Hands On STEM Classes

Burpee's awesome homeschool and enrichment programming presents an exciting way to learn about science.  Curriculum is designed around multiple STEM themes that change each year, and each semester.  Take one class, or sign up for the full semester. 

The 2020-2021 learning experience will offer new options including 100% online option, in-person option, and the hybrid. All classes will be held virtually until tier three mitigations have lifted in Illinois.

In Person Class Option:

Learners will arrive at Burpee once per unit for a hands-on experience with Burpee's science education team.  Burpee has put special COVID-19 precautions into place including additional sanitation procedures, social distancing through holding the classes in our largest Riverview Auditorium, and spreading students out at individual tables at least 6 feet apart.  Discussions will still engage the entire group, and teachers will be able to help with hands on activities.

For the first time, In-Person learners will have additional content available online for days they are not in the museum.  While these experiences are optional and supplemental to the in-person instruction, it provides a way to continue the learning all month!  Registered students will have the chance to access online, digital learning from virtual reality experiences in the museum, in nature, and more. 

E-Learning Only Option:

Students have the option of 100% virtual instruction with video chats and videos of activities to supplement the in-person class. (Note: remote students will be given a shopping list for activity supplies that can be often found around the house, or purchased at a local grocery store or online at amazon)

Class Groups: 6-9 Year-Old Learners and 10 & Up Learners
Semester Rate:

$80 General Public

$60 Burpee Members

Per Class Rate:

$16 General Public 

$12 Burpee Members

Sibling Discount Rate for 2nd+

$14 General Public 

$10 Burpee Members

Units of Study: Winter 2021
Winter 2021 Semester Theme:
Ancient Inventions: Moving Forward by Looking Backwards


This series explores the first inventors around the world, from the invention of the calendar to the invention of seismographs! We will learn not only how they were invented, but about the cultures that fostered these great inventors as well! Then we will explore how these inventions have transformed the modern world all around us. Students in this series will be challenged to think like an engineer and make their own versions of these inventions. Put your hard hats on while we get to work!

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Homeschool Full Semester
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Full Semester of Classes

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Night Sky
Unit 1

Counting Stars

Jan 4th - Jan 15th This Unit focuses on the ancient Aztecs and how their fascination with the sky paved the way for our calendar!

Unit 2

Mega Monuments

Jan 18th - Jan 29th This Unit focuses on ancient Aztec and Egyptian pyramids! How were these giant structures made?

Unit 3

Mysteries of the Mummy

Feb 1st - Feb 12th This Unit is raising the dead, as we explore the science behind Egyptian mummies!

Ancient Paper
Unit 4

From Papyrus to Paper

Mar 15th - Mar 26 This Unit travels from Egypt to China to explore humanity’s first writing systems and the material that made it all possible: Paper!

Unit 5

Shaking Seismographs

Mar 29th - Apr 9th This Unit focuses on science beneath our feet, exploring the waves that create earthquakes and how we detect them!