STEM & Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Programs

2022 – 2023

About the program:

Enjoy MOSH at your own pace during Homeschool Days! On these days, the Museum will be open exclusively to homeschool families and co-op groups. Enjoy MOSH’s traveling exhibits, hands-on lessons, and guided activities for an all-inclusive ticket cost.

Program Pricing:

$25.50 | Student
$16.50 | Adult

MOSH Members receive 10% off listed prices

2022 – 2023 Program Dates

August 31, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dino Extravaganza

Learn all about the latest and greatest Dinosaur discoveries and the science of Paleontology, while getting a final look at MOSH’s hit summer traveling exhibition, Dinosaur Explorer.

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September 27, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Voyage to the Deep

Explore the deepest depths of the ocean, study the science of submarines, discover the essentials of marine science with MOSH Educators, and enjoy our Fall traveling exhibition, Voyage to the Deep.

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October 26, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Science of Seasons

What causes seasons on Earth, and why do the seasons cycle in the way that they do? Do seasons get hotter, colder, or always stay the same? Do planets other than Earth experience seasons? Explore these questions and more with MOSH’s Education team.

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November 16, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Animal Habitats

What is a “habitat” and why are they important in the study of animals? How do animals adapt to changes in their habitats? Discover what makes the perfect habitat for any animal species and get up close looks at MOSH’s animals with our Naturalist Educators.

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December 14, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

No Such Thing as “Cold?”

Is there such a thing as “cold” in science? What makes something “hotter” or “colder?” Explore the sciences of thermodynamics, chemistry, and biology as we examine what it truly means to be “cold.”

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January 25, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Planet Pioneers

Explore MOSH’s Spring traveling exhibition, Planet Pioneers, and discover what it takes to colonize alien worlds! Examine the science of interplanetary travel and the search for Earth-like exoplanets in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.

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February 22, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Engineering

Be an engineer by designing, creating, and testing various models to complete challenges designed by MOSH’s Education Team. Practice the essentials of the engineering design process, a key part of any STEM career.

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March 29, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Robots & Roller Coasters

Code robots across Mars and build roller coasters in a fun environment with MOSH’s Educators! Discover how science, engineering, technology, and mathematics come together to create rockin’ roller coasters, rolling robots, and other amazing tools.

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April 12, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Spring Into Science

Practice the scientific method and test a series of hypotheses through experiments in MOSH’s JEA Science Theater. Discover what it takes to be a scientist and how you can engage in science every day.

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May 31, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dinosaurs & the Rise of the Mammals

Get a first look at MOSH’s summer traveling exhibition, Expedition Dinosaur: The Rise of the Mammals! Learn about the origins of mammals like dogs, cats, humans, and other modern species after the extinction of the dinosaurs and discover some of the megafauna that once called Florida home!

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STEM Life Academy

2022 – 2023

Program Times (K-8): Wednesdays from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM; Saturdays from 1 PM – 4 PM

Program Times (9-11): Wednesdays from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM; Saturdays from 12 PM – 4 PM

About the program:

STEM Life Academy @ MOSH (S.L.A.M.) is a new initiative to inspire the joy of learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through weekly courses on a wide array of topics for students ages 5 – 17.

MOSH offers monthly modules for three cohorts (Elementary, Middle, High), with each module consisting of four lessons offered on consecutive Wednesdays and Saturdays during the school year (September – April).

Wednesday sessions are ideal for homeschool students and families, while Saturday sessions are great for any student looking to get involved in STEM.

Within each lesson, students will investigate, design, test, create, and collaborate to accomplish goals, earning a certificate of completion at the end of a module as proof of their growing knowledge in STEM subjects. STEM professionals will be invited to share their experiences with each cohort to inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

Key subjects and experiences include:

Grades K – 3 | Ocean Conservation; Video Game Design; Engineering Design; Naturalist Investigations; Explorations of Jupiter’s Moons; Hands-on Making; Body Systems and Biomedical Innovations; 3D Modeling

Grades 4 – 8 | Investigating Animal Behaviors; Explorations of Asteroids & Mars; Engineering and Bridge-Building; Investigating Climate Change; Body Systems and Biomedical Innovations; Coding and Drone Programming

Grades 9 – 11 | Formulating Evidence-Based Arguments in Scientific Settings; Bio Design; A.I. Algorithms and social media; Environmental Monitoring in Urban Settings; Autonomous Vehicles; Understanding Climate Change with Python; Robot Programming; Biotech Genetics

Students will gain:

  • STEM Conceptual Understanding including awareness, knowledge, understanding, or use of STEM concepts, facts, phenomena, theory, explanations, and models
  • Skills including use of techniques, tools, development and implementation of investigations
  • Practices related to STEM as a way of knowing (e.g. manipulate, test, explore, predict, question, observe, and make sense of the natural and physical world)
  • Engagement in STEM activities, learning practices, tools and language, topics, concepts, phenomena, theories, or careers
  • Interest, Excitement, & Motivation to learn about STEM topics, phenomena, concepts, and theories or to pursue STEM careers
  • Identity & Dispositions as Learners who know about, use, and contribute to science, or who think/act like a STEM professional
  • Workforce Readiness for 21st-Century and STEM-related jobs

Program pricing:

Price per month (4 weekly classes) | $160 per student
Class size: 15

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive weeks in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

For more information or assistance, please contact MOSH’s Education Department at Education@themosh.org or (904) 396-6674 ext. 256.

Elementary STEM Academy at MOSH (Grades K – 3)

September, 2022

Crazy Creations

Anyone can turn a page with their finger, but wouldn’t it be way more fun to do it with dominos knocking into a ball…that turns on a hair dryer…that blows a hammer…on a string that taps a board…that triggers a catapult…that launches a ball…that hits a piece of rubber hanging over the page…that turns the page? In this program, you will explore engineering concepts and learn how engineers solve problems. Together we will investigate how things roll, fly, slide, and collide, while we utilize gravity, levers, pulleys, magnets, and more. During the program you will make some creative machines of our own, including a marble run and a Rube Goldberg machine. You will gain basic understandings of force, trajectory, magnetism, and motion.

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October, 2022

Ant Investigations

Turn over any log or rock, and it’s crawling with ants—ever wonder why they spend so much time in those tight, dark, dirty spaces? Unfortunately, we can’t interview an ant to find out! To answer this question and others, scientists need to be creative. In this program, you will sharpen your investigative skills by exploring the natural world. Together we will learn about all sorts of plants and animals, as well as the habitats in which they live. During the program you will dive in to figure out all you can about ants, by observing, asking your own questions, and then trying to answer them through your investigative work as a “ant naturalist.” You will gain real scientific investigative skills and even get to present your ant investigations and findings to others.

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November, 2022

Ocean Conservation

Together we will investigate the animals that live in the waters around Florida. We’ll build model ocean habitats; collect, test, and compare actual water samples from various local sources; and learn how we study the animals of the ocean. We’ll also learn about the impacts that humans have on the oceans and various organizations working to preserve our oceans and keystone species in Northeast Florida.

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December, 2022

Exploring Jupiter’s Moons

Are you curious about space travel within our Solar System? In this program, you will design a spacecraft to launch from Earth’s atmosphere, then land on and explore one of Jupiter’s moons. Together we will brave the erupting volcanoes of Io, slip and slide on the icy surface of Europa, and drill into Ganymede’s underground ocean. During the program you will design, build, and test the launch rocket, landing system, and rover for exploring a moon’s surface. You will gain a deeper understanding of our Solar System, Jupiter and its moons, and spacecraft engineering itself.

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January, 2023

Game On!

In this program, you will design and build classic, non-electronic, arcade games such as pinball. Together we will investigate how things roll, fly, slide, collide, and more. During the program you will use your ingenuity to design, build, and test creative contraptions using a variety of materials. You will gain a better understanding of force, trajectory, leverage, and motion, as well as learn how to innovate through the engineering design process.

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February, 2023

Game On! The Next Level

Are you ready to “level up”? In this program, you will design, code, create, and play your very own video game using Bloxels; solve puzzles and construct worlds in Minecraft; explore the world using VR; and learn about the history and future of video games all while building your technology-wielding skills.

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March, 2023

Multidimensional Tinkering

Have you ever wondered how architects build houses, skyscrapers, and museums? How engineers design cars, toys, and other creations? In this program, you will use 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional modeling techniques to design and create your perfect building and your own imagined character model. In addition to traditional two-dimensional methods, including sketch-drawing and clay modeling, you will utilize 3D Cad modeling software to build your model, which will then be 3D-printed into an actual figurine for you to keep!

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April, 2023

The Human Body Machine

The human body is a marvelous natural machine. From the nervous system to the digestive system, to our muscles, bones and hearts; through many hands-on lessons, interactions with medical experts, and explorations of the human body systems through VR and the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, in this program you will discover how each of our major body systems work together to make us move!

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Middle School STEM Academy at MOSH (Grades 4 – 8)

September, 2022

Investigating Animal Behaviors

Did you know that lobsters pee in each other’s faces to communicate before a fight? How did scientists figure that out?! In this program, you will explore the process and power of creative scientific investigation. Together, as animal behaviorists, we will learn how to carefully observe animals in their habitats. During the program you will draft your very own interesting and investigable animal questions, and then design and carry out creative experiments to answer them. You will gain real scientific knowledge, learn skills involving the investigative process, and gain insights into animal behaviors.

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October, 2022

Coding for Space Exploration

Have you ever wondered how scientists on Earth use coding and engineering to discover the secrets of faraway places in space? In this program, you will explore computer coding for real-life applications. Together we will face engineering challenges as we learn block-based coding. During the program you will build a model satellite, rover, or probe, and will even code it to function on a variety of space missions. You will become familiar with the iterative design process and will deepen your knowledge of both our Solar System and computer programming. *No coding experience required.

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November, 2022

Journey to the Asteroid Belt

Did you know that an asteroid can measure just a few feet across—or hundreds of miles long? In this program, you will journey through our Solar System to explore the asteroid belt and investigate specific asteroids. Together, we will figure out as much as we can about their surfaces and the challenges of landing on them. During the program you will apply what you learn about asteroids to design and build a rover and landing gear to explore an asteroid of your choosing. You will gain new knowledge of our Solar System and a good understanding of the engineering design process.

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December, 2022

Surviving Life on the Red Planet

What essentials would you bring on a trip to Mars? In this program, you will “take off” into cutting-edge science and plan for the first human trip to the “red planet.” Together we will investigate the prospect of sustaining life on the Martian surface, separating science from science fiction. During the program you will design and test systems for providing water, oxygen, and warmth, and will even code a model remote-controlled rover to collect samples from the surface. You will gain a deeper understanding of Mars, our most habitable neighbor; learn how we can identify potentially habitable planets; and explore the engineering design process.

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January, 2023

Engineering and Bridge-Building

Are you ready to take your design and engineering skills to the next level? In this program, you will learn about various types of bridges, including truss bridges like the Hart Bridge or Mathews Bridge and suspension bridges like the Dames Point Bridge. Together we will face engineering challenges, explore some physics fundamentals, and learn how to analyze static and dynamic forces. During the program you will “play” lead engineer to design, build, and test bridges that can support human needs and withstand natural forces. You will learn basic bridge types and gain fundamentals of bridge engineering and construction.

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February, 2023

Designing Coastal Cities for Climate Change

Have you ever wondered what the impacts of climate change will be on our lives in Northeast Florida? In this program, you will explore sustainable and adaptive engineering design. Together we will learn about rising sea levels, heat waves, and droughts, and will find ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. During the program you will build a model home and a city adapted to future life on the St. Johns. You will gain practical, sustainable, and adaptive engineering knowledge and skills to address the effects of climate change.

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March, 2023

Multidimensional Tinkering

Have you ever wondered how architects build houses, skyscrapers, and museums? How engineers design cars, toys, and other creations? In this program, you will use 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional modeling techniques to design and create your perfect building and your own imagined character model. In addition to traditional two-dimensional methods, including sketch-drawing and clay modeling, you will utilize 3D Cad modeling software to build your model, which will then be 3D-printed into an actual figurine for you to keep!

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April, 2023

Body Systems and Biomedical Innovations

Are you interested in biomedical innovations such as gene editing that can help people with chronic diseases, disabilities, or prosthetic limbs? In this program, you will deepen your knowledge of body systems, investigate how some of these systems may break down, and explore how scientists and engineers are working to solve these problems. Together we will use actual diagnostic techniques to solve medical-malady mysteries for fictitious patients. During the program you will dissect organisms, utilize our Bryan-Gooding Planetarium to imagine stepping inside a cell, and interview practicing doctors to learn more about what they do and how they do it. You will gain some knowledge of CRISPR, a current gene-editing technology, as well as acquire skills for designing and prototyping a prosthetic hand.

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Teen Research Program at MOSH (Grades 9 – 11)

September, 2022

Class Size: 10

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

How to Argue Effectively – Scientific Tools for Making Your Ideas into Convincing Arguments

How do people make a case for their ideas and opinions, and then communicate them to others effectively? In this series, you will develop this skill! It comes in handy when you’re debating with peers, persuading teachers (or even your parents!), and especially when explaining concepts in areas of STEM. Together we will explore a series of fun, puzzle-like activities. You will learn how to turn your thinking into a convincing argument that others can understand. We will pull back the curtain and see where the free-associative-thinking overlaps with the logical threads of proof, which are relevant to geometry, mathematics, and several other fields of science. You will gain skills to design and showcase your own proof on a subject of your choice, while adding valuable experience to your college application or career path.

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October, 2022

Class Size: 10

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

Bio Design

How can scientists and engineers adopt ideas from nature to solve problems? In this series, you will experience firsthand the excitement of how the natural world sparks innovation in the fields of biology and engineering. Together we will build nature-inspired robots, investigate the science that enables geckos to defy gravity, and engineer our own design application to address a real-life problem. You will gain skills and knowledge about bio-inspired engineering and design, while adding valuable experience to your college application or career path.

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November, 2022

Class Size: 10

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

Social Media and Science – Social Media’s Influence on Science for Decision-Making

Are you curious about what your friends think about current events? Have you ever been surprised by someone’s reaction to a meme or an online post? In this series, you will learn how to think like a scientist by designing a research study to investigate your own questions. Together we will look at a study on COVID-19 attitudes. Then you will choose a new topic to investigate together, within the broader domain of how the media affect attitudes and our decision making. Using the first study as a template, we will design, run, and analyze our own study together, picking up strategies for interpreting data, making inferences, and sharing ideas along the way. You will learn how to use scientific techniques to investigate how the media influences attitudes, all the while adding new strategies to your sense-making toolkit and gaining valuable experience for your college application or career path.

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December, 2022

Class Size: 10

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

Programming Robots with Python

Have you ever wondered how scientists on Earth can use coding to discover the secrets of space? In this series, you will learn the basics of Python programming. You will build a model space station, using a robotics kit and recycled materials, then power your model to do things that real-life space stations do—like responding to light, objects, and motion. Together we will engage in science and engineering practices as you identify and solve problems. You will gain skills and knowledge in astronomy and coding while adding valuable experience to your college application or career path. Some programming knowledge and experience, such as in Python, Java, or JavaScript, is recommended.

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January, 2023

Class Size: 10

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

Autonomous Vehicles

Have you ever wanted to ride in a self-driving car? In this program, you can! You will journey with MOSH on a field trip to the JTA Autonomous Vehicle facility and learn from engineers about what it takes to make a car that can drive on its own. Back at MOSH, you will design, build, and test your own autonomous robots using many of the same core technologies that JTA uses to construct their autonomous vehicles. You will hone skills and build knowledge about this amazing technology while adding valuable experience to your college application or career path.

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February, 2023

Class Size: 10

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

Understanding Climate Change with Python

Are you considering a path toward a climate-related field? In this series, you will explore how today’s scientists rely deeply on computer programming to better understand and explain climate change. Together we will conduct investigations related to the environment and take on programming challenges designed to help you learn Python and analyze data. Each group will have the unique opportunity to create and present its own data visualization of a global climate phenomenon in our Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. You will gain skills and knowledge about climate change and coding, while adding valuable experience to your college application or career path. No prior programming knowledge or experience is required.

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March, 2023

Class Size: 10

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

Environmental Monitoring and Investigations in Urban Settings

Are you curious about how we humans affect the air we breathe, and even the soil in which we grow our food? In this series, you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience in the science of environmental research. Together we will collect, analyze, and interpret data surrounding the presence (or absence) of environmental pollutants such as chemical lead (Pb) concentrations in the soil and particulate matter concentrations in the air, both at MOSH and in your surrounding neighborhoods. We will also discuss how these techniques and approaches can be applied to environmental monitoring in other urban settings. You will gain skills and knowledge about environmental science while adding valuable experience to your college application or career path.

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April, 2023

Class Size: 10

Each theme consists of 4 multi-hour lessons at MOSH, each taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a month. Registration for a monthly module grants admission to all 4 lessons in that module.

Biotech Genetics

Are you curious about the future of gene editing? In this series, you will explore the various processes related to gene editing and the field of biotechnology, including a new technology called CRISPR that enables scientists to change organisms’ genes more accurately and efficiently. These innovations in biotechnology seek to solve many of the world’s current challenges. However, gene editing also brings up ethical concerns that we need to address. Together we will learn the science behind gene editing, use CRISPR VR simulations and the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium to edit bacterial genes, and explore the ethical questions related to gene editing. You will gain skills and knowledge about genetics and biotechnology while adding valuable experience to your college application or career path.

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STEM Life Academy is generously supported by the Voya Foundation, through a Voya Initiative grant, a project of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).

                   

And thanks to PNC and Publix Super Markets Charities for their generous support of MOSH Educational Programming!

Registration & Program Guidelines

In order to secure spots for a particular program, payment must be made before the day of the program. Once a program is sold out, no further tickets will be available for purchase online or in person. Late registration (the day of) can only be done in person, and tickets cannot be guaranteed. 

Participants arriving more than 20 minutes late will not be admitted into the program. Refunds or credits will not be given to late or no-show groups. 

If you have any difficulty, please call 904.396.MOSH (6674), ext. 256 or 213 for more information.