Frequently Asked Questions

When do the upcoming Science Explorers class series begin?

The SUMMER 5-class weekly series of Science Explorers virtual, hands-on, small group Science/STEM classes begin on Tuesday, July 6 or Wednesday, July 7, depending on the class you choose for your child's age range. See the Virtual Classes page for the Summer Class Schedule. Each weekly class is one hour.

What is the structure of a Science Explorers class?

The weekly, 1-hour virtual Science Explorers classes include several elements: a main hands-on exploration, a shorter hands-on exploration; read aloud book and discussion;  science journaling; Inquiry Follow-ups on questions the children are wondering about week-to-week; science songs with guitar. The classes are responsive to the children's interest levels, so the main exploration can run longer if the children are very engaged and need more time with it. Some classes include a "Meet the Scientist" component where we look at the work of a particular scientist and field of study, such as ornithology. Another class component is Science in the News. A recent topic is about the cicadas emerging after their 17 year absence.

What is the typical class size for Science Explorers?

Classes are small groups with a minimum of three students, and a maximum of ten students. 

Can siblings take the class together?

Families sharing one Zoom screen are welcome. There is a $30 fee for an additional exploration kit of materials for the additional child for each 5-week series. Contact us to pay for the additional kit by Venmo. If you prefer to sign up your children for separate classes, just contact us for the second sibling discount, and we'll give you the coupon code.

What common, everyday materials are helpful to set aside for the classes?

You will receive an exploration kit of materials when you register for a Science Explorers class. In addition, it will be helpful to set aside the following common, everyday materials in a container (or toolbox):

  • Trays with sides to work in 
  • Recycled containers such as plastic berry containers for planting
  • Paper of different thicknesses (napkins, wrapping paper, foil, wax paper, etc.)
  • Cardboard of different thicknesses
  • Jar of pennies
  • Paperclips of different sizes
  • Glue - glue stick, and elmer’s glue
  • Masking tape
  • Child’s scissors
  • Copy paper
  • Pencils, markers, crayons
  • Blank journal, or notebook, or stapled copy paper to make a journal
  • For older students: rubber bands, empty tissue box