Frequently Asked Questions

When do the upcoming STEM Inquiry: Hands-on Virtual Science Series begin?

The Winter 2022 series starts Jan. 24.
See the Virtual Classes page of website for the schedule to find the dates and times for classes for your child's age group (for ages 5 -12). Choose a 5-class or 10-class weekly series.

What is the structure of a STEM Inquiry: Hands-on Virtual Science Class?

The weekly STEM Inquiry virtual classes include several elements: a main hands-on exploration, a shorter hands-on exploration;   science journaling; inquiry follow-up investigations on questions the children are wondering about week-to-week; science songs with guitar; non-fiction book. 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.  

What is the typical class size for STEM Inquiry classes?

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 $40 fee for an additional exploration kit of materials for the additional child for each 6-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 STEM Inquiry 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)
  • 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