Cornell University offers free science resources for homeschoolers

The Ivy League loves its homeschoolers!

Although the weekly program has ended, Cornell University’s Homeschool Science Program  continue to offer free science kits to homeschool families. These hands-on science workshops were a joint venture with Ithaca College held at the Ithaca Sciencenter Museum. They are designed to encourage children from pre-K to 8th grade to explore how materials interact with each other.

Kits can be ordered through Cornell’s Lending Library. The teacher lesson plans  and student worksheets are available for instant download. There are many science lessons to choose from. Here are a few:

CHEMISTRY: 

  • Atomic Bonding What is surface area? How do chemicals bond? What affects properties of materials on the macro- and nano-scale, and why this is important to scientists? Students will do some hands-on activities to find these out.  Grades 6-8, 9-12.
  •  Forensics: Case of the missing diamond maker  Students learn about techniques of forensic science including: fingerprint identification, chromatography, and chemistry. Grades 6-8.

EARTH SCIENCE

  • Classification Learn how to use some of the tools of classification in order to more easily understand the relationships between groups of objects. Grades 3-5, 6-8.
  • The Science of Snowflakes Learn about states of matter. Classify snowflakes by shape and structure. Grow a crystal, and design a “mini-hut” to preserve its structure. Grades 6-8.

PHYSICS:

  • Catapult How does a catapult work? Students will build a basic catapult that hurls marshmallows at targets Introduce your students to levers, as well as potential and kinetic energy. They will then test variables to engineer the most accurate catapult. A great tie-in with ancient and medieval history. Grades 3-5, 6-8.
  • Diffraction Learn about principles of light and light waves. Discover how diffraction and interference of light waves can be used to measure. Grades 9-12.

Want more? Visit our website. TAMS and ED stands for Technology, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Education. We provide a tough yet achievable home school for students who need personal attention in a safe home environment. We utilize a number of cross-curricular teaching tools including standard textbooks, computers and technology, academic excursions, and hands-on learning. Our qualified Board of directors consist of certified educators, parents, and administrators who are passionate about challenging every child to reach for the academic stars.

We promote diversity and tolerance in a safe learning environment. For TAMS and ED students, the world is their classroom. Come and join us!

Felicia Moon-Thomas, Director

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