Thinking Like a Scientist – Fall 2017

$240.00

“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 Fall program is a lab intensive called: “The Building Blocks of Medicine.”

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FALL 2017 COURSE DESCRIPTION — “Building Blocks of Medicine”

Children have a natural curiosity and when a cabinet as large as the universe is opened to them to explore, their interest in science and its related disciplines will explode!

Today many children are not challenged or lose interest in science – and in learning – because they have to contend with large classroom environments and complicated schedules, are bombarded with too much irrelevant information, and are exposed to stress levels that are not conducive to healthy learning.

The result?   Their curious nature, recognizable when they enthusiastically pour out a zillion questions, is squashed.   Ainissa Ramirez makes this point in a recent Edutopia article:

“. . .  something happens as children get older. That curious nature fades, and those  “why” questions grow silent.  Students no longer feel that it’s OK to ask questions.  Somehow, they fail to remember that they started off curious.  They fail to remember  their inner scientists.”    (Source:  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/a-case-for-curiosity-ainissa-ramirez)

At IndED, things are different.  A comfortable, safe, and enjoyable atmosphere provides the backdrop for serious learning.  Our highly-experienced team of professional teacher-mentors begin by getting to know your personal goals for your child, what your child’s academic needs are, and thoughtfully create a personal knowledge construct from which your learner can expand on his/her existing knowledge — all in a highly collaborative environment enriched with lively lectures and conversation, research, writing and other activities, very cool demonstrations, projects, hands-on lab exploration, field trips and guest speakers that will engage and entice your child to become a life-time master student in any discipline.  Most importantly, they love children and sharing their expertise with the next generation.

**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 Fall 2017 term explores Building Blocks to Medicine.  In the Winter (Dec 2017-Feb 2018), Physics and Chemistry topics will be explored while students learn  The Scientific Method and, in Spring 2018 (Mar-May), Earth Science topics set the stage while learners will be working with mentors in developing and implementing a full-scale Science Project  idea that is meaningful to them.**

FALL 2017

Sept 7          — Introduction to Medicine:  Healers and Researchers

Sept 14        — The Lab:  Materials, Equipment, Safety and Techniques

Sept 21, 28 — The Microscopic Universe:   Cells and Their Function

Oct 5, 12      — The Microscopic Universe:   Bacteria and Viruses

Oct 19, 26    — Infections:  From Kid Diseases to Plagues and Epidemics

Nov 2, 9       — General Anatomy Overview

Nov 16, 30   — Body Systems:  Integumentary (Your Skin)

ADDITIONAL COURSE DETAILS

  • Age Range: 8-15 (approx. 3rd to 9th grade)
  • Schedule: Beginning September 7, every Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm, 12 weeks, excluding major holiday weeks. (“Open Lab” from 2:30 to 4:00 for Projects, and general exploration.)
  • Supplies: TBD