Thinking Like a Scientist – Winter ’19-’20


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Thinking Like a Scientist – Winter ’19-’20


“Thinking Like a Scientist” for Homeschoolers is an exploration of scientific thinking and reasoning, touching on all the categories of science: Life, Astronomy, and Physics. The Spring Program will focus on: Many topics will be explored while students learn the basics of The History of Science.

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Year One — “The History of Science”

IndED’s Thinking Like a Scientist Program recognizes that students very often have gaps in science education and usually do not have a firm foundation in science.  Our unique inter-disciplinary approach begins with exploring science in general, what a scientist is, and what makes a great scientist.  Then we transition to an overview of the history of science, taking it from its ancient roots to classical science and into what is known in our contemporary world as STEM, STEAM and even STREAM.   

The program is age appropriate and mega fun! 

**For 8 to 15 year olds, the IndED Science program can serve as your child’s entire science course or as a supplement to what your child is learning in a home-based academic environment.    The 2019-2020 School Year will focus on the History of Science. The Fall explores Ancient Science.  In the Winter (Dec 2019-Feb 2020), Medieval Science, and in Spring 2020 (Mar-May), Modern Science idea that is meaningful to them.**


  • Age Range: 9-15 (approx. 3rd to 9th grade)
  • Schedule: Beginning Sept 12, every Thurs, 2pm to 3:30pm, 11 weeks, ending Nov 21.
  • Course Cost: $275 includes most science supplies
  • Supplies: (Details as we get closer)


Helena Syska has thirty years of experience in education, consulting and corporate training. She loves teaching, mentoring and inspiring others to love learning. She graduated from George Mason University and her graduate work is from George Washington University. She established an award-winning science program and STEM initiatives and served on various committees while teaching for the Diocese of Arlington.

Helena has served as an adjunct lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College, as academic dean for a career school and held the position of Executive Director of the Loudoun Education Foundation which she took through the visioning and goal setting process. In the capacity of Vice President of Academic Affairs, she worked for regional accreditation and degree-conferring status for what is now Stratford University. Helena represented the Sterling District on the Loudoun County Planning Commission for three terms and has been involved in many initiatives in her community, earning her several awards. She and her husband have raised five children in Sterling, VA and spend their time between Loudoun and Richmond, VA.

Helena mentors our “Thinking Like a Scientist” Program , as well as “Writing and Language Arts” and also acts as our Mentor for our “full-curricular” students.

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