School bookings and on-site visits to Science North and Dynamic Earth are NOW OPEN!

Homeschool Membership

NEW PROGRAM OFFERINGS!

Science North is excited to be re-launching our Homeschool Membership Program*! Join us for the 2022–2023 school year as we offer innovative and hands-on school experiences for your children!

Each Homeschool Monday, students will be able to sign up for one hands-on program in a particular lab exploring various science topics, as well as register to watch one live science show in the Discovery Theatre**. Students will perform experiments using scientific equipment, design and prototype exhibits, explore science in the great outdoors and become scientists themselves!

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* Please note that Homeschool Programs are only available in English

** Please note each program and live science show will be offered at two different times (repeated) to accommodate various schedules as well as to ensure that each homeschool member can access the programs.


MEMBERSHIP RATES

Families may choose to purchase a Homeschool Student Membership for $45 per student plus applicable taxes, or pay the non-member rate of $11 per visit, per student.

  • Families who purchase a Homeschool Student Membership receive a membership card that identifies the parents and students. Memberships are valid on the following Homeschool days (on Mondays) for curriculum-based school programming: September 12th, October 17th, November 21st, January 23rd, February 27th, March 20th, April 17th, and May 15th.
  • Memberships are also valid for one (1) general visit day per month, starting September 12th, 2022 through to May 19th, 2023 (excluding January). General visit days are weekdays (Monday–Friday) and do not include holidays or special events.

MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE

  • Curriculum-based school programs, which may be booked as per annual schedule
  • Savings on the price of IMAX® films and the Planetarium
  • Savings on the price of admission to Science North and Dynamic Earth**

** Note: Dynamic Earth’s programs will not be available from September 12th, 2022 to November 7th, 2022. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Dynamic Earth is a Science North attraction. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation. 


CANCELLATIONS

  • Programs will run as scheduled with no minimum requirement for attendance.
  • Students must be present at the start time of the program to be able to participate*. Late arrivals will not be admitted to the program.
  • Students must be in the grade range specified for the program and be registered in the program to participate. Students that do not meet the grade level or are not registered will not be admitted to the program.
  • You may cancel your visit at any time by e-mailing schoolvisit [at] sciencenorth.ca. Otherwise, we will expect your group on the date booked.

* Once this is done, the group will present itself at the program location at least five (5) minutes before the program is set to begin.


COMMUNICATION WITH SCIENCE NORTH

  • All bookings must be made on-line at schools.sciencenorth.ca
  • Any communication (whether to an individual Sales Agent or to the overall group) must be e-mailed to schoolvisit [at] sciencenorth.ca, never to any personal Science North e-mail.
  • When checking in at Science North or Dynamic Earth at the beginning of a school program visit, we ask that you have your homeschool membership card with you.

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SCHEDULE

SEPTEMBER 12TH SCIENCE NORTH

  • Science North Welcome and Orientation Day!


OCTOBER 17TH SCIENCE NORTH

KINDERGARTEN: Shape Up!
  • Shapes are the building blocks of the world around us. This program offers students the chance to investigate and compare two-dimensional shapes using hands-on tools and technology. They will experiment with these shapes, while identifying and creating colourful patterns.
GRADE 1 to 3: Bee-Bots
  • Students will learn how honey bees communicate with the waggle dance while programming a robotic honey bee. Students will also learn about the honey bee life cycle and how they change over their life span.
GRADE 4 to 6: Predator or Prey?
  • Can you tell the difference between a predator or prey by looking at a skull? In this hands-on program students will learn about the adaptations that predators and prey have, and how they are interconnected.
GRADE 7 to 9: Concussions
  • What happens to a human brain when it is concussed? Students will manipulate a preserved brain to learn the effects of concussions. They will also try out concussion-simulation goggles and test helmet materials using an egg drop experiment.

NOVEMBER 21ST DYNAMIC EARTH

KINDERGARTEN: Meet the Ozobots
  • Automation and robotics are at the forefront of new mining techniques. Your students will be introduced to coding and robotics using Ozobots. They will help students trace shapes and designs and inspire learning through hands-on activities!
GRADE 1 to 3: Meet the Ozobots
  • Automation and robotics are at the forefront of new mining techniques. Your students will be introduced to coding and robotics using Ozobots. They will help students trace shapes and designs and inspire learning through hands-on activities!
GRADE 4 to 6: Geo-Sphero
  • Roll your way into coding! Students will use Sphero robots to better understand coding and programming. They will also learn how robots are used in the mining industry.
GRADE 7 to 9: Rugged Robots
  • Mining requires tough technology. That’s where the rugged robots come in! Students will use computer coding and mBots to complete different mining activities and keep their mine running.

JANUARY 23RD SCIENCE NORTH

KINDERGARTEN: We Are Water Protectors
  • In this interactive program, students will meet live animals, move their bodies and learn about why water is so important to life and how it connects Anishinaabe culture. This program includes an interpretive reading of the picture book, We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade.
GRADE 1 to 3: It's a Bug's World
  • What are bugs? What roles do bugs play in our lives? How can we learn more about bugs in our own backyards? This workshop will include live-insect demonstrations and a bug scavenger hunt on the 2nd floor.
GRADE 4 to 6: Immune System
  • The immune system is a complex and fascinating system that defends our bodies against pathogens.  Students will learn and examine some of the organs of the immune system and discover how it works together with vaccines to protect us against germs.
GRADE 7 to 9: Battling Bots
  • Build a program and see it in action as your mBot robot competes with your classmates'. Students will learn the basics of block-based programming, including the use of variables, conditions, loops, and sensor input. They will also gain experience with reading, play-testing and altering code with the aim of solving problems.

FEBRUARY 27TH SCIENCE NORTH

KINDERGARTEN: Animals and their Senses
  • Can you smell like a snake? Or hear like a bat? In this program students will interact with live animals and learn about how other animals' five senses are different than our own.
GRADE 1 to 3: Seasons
  • Travel to space to observe how the movement the Earth around the Sun creates daily and seasonal changes.
GRADE 4 to 6: Habitats and Communities
  • Students will investigate how the living things found in an ecosystem interact and are interconnected with the non-living things in an ecosystem. They will learn about food chains, carrying capacity and how both human and natural disturbances affect this delicate balance.
GRADE 7 to 9: Microscope Mysteries
  • This program will allow students to explore interesting phenomena on a microscopic scale. Using a variety of tools, they will have the opportunity to magnify and observe many everyday items. Students will learn about different forms of microscopy and get to create their own micro-drawings.

MARCH 20TH SCIENCE NORTH

KINDERGARTEN: New Canadian Food Guide
  • Learn what foods you need to be healthy. Discover how the new food guide focuses on certain food groups and amounts to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
GRADE 1 to 3: Winter Wildlife
  • We have warm clothing and furnaces to keep us warm all winter long, but how do animals survive the harsh winter? Whether migrating or hibernating, students will learn about the different strategies and adaptations animals use to weather the winter.
GRADE 4 to 6: Micro:bit Makers
  • Tinker with code and find out how electronic gadgets work! Students will learn the basics of block-based programming with Micro:bit, including the use of variables, conditions, randomization and loops.
GRADE 7 to 9: Water in the Environment
  • In this program, students will use scientific tools (chlorine meter, pH strips and titrates) and their own curiosity to solve the question of "which water is which?”, all while learning about the unique properties of water and why it's important to living things.

APRIL 17TH SCIENCE NORTH

KINDERGARTEN: Bee-Bots
  • Students will learn how honeybees communicate with the waggle dance while programming a robotic honeybee. Students will also learn about the honeybee life cycle and how they change over their life span.
GRADE 1 to 3: Mix it Up!
  • In a series of hands-on activities, students will use scientific tools and methods to investigate the properties and interactions of various solids and liquids.
GRADE 4 to 6: Incredible Insects
  • Are you looking to explore biodiversity? Look no further than the incredible insects! About 75% of all the known animal species in the world are insects! From so-camouflaged, they are almost invisible praying-mantises, to kaleidoscopic butterflies, from almost-microscopic wasps to huge Hercules beetles, from predator to prey! They may be cold-blooded, but they are sure a hot topic! Let’s explore several key ecosystems around the world together to learn how insects adapt to their environments. This workshop will include live-insect demonstrations and a “build-a-bug" activity.
GRADE 7 to 9: Weather and Climate
  • Weather and climate are complex systems. Students will learn how the effects of heat and water systems influence Earth’s climates and weather patterns.

MAY 15TH DYNAMIC EARTH

KINDERGARTEN: Crater Maker
  • 1.85 billion years ago, a huge meteorite hit Earth and formed what we know as the Sudbury Impact Structure. Students get hands-on experience with real meteorites and learn how craters are formed. They will also get to explore what meteorites teach us about geology and outer space by creating their own impacts.
GRADE 1 to 3: The Science of Soil
  • Soil is essential for plant life on Earth, which in turn feeds us, provides shelter for animals, and keeps our air clean. Your students will get their hands dirty while exploring the various colours of soil, its composition, and sorting soil by particle sizes. The end goal: understanding why soil is absolutely necessary for the planet.
GRADE 4 to 6: Rock On!
  • Get ready to rock! This hands-on workshop lets students discover more about rocks, including putting a rock cycle together and learning how rocks are used in our everyday lives, from industry to art. Focusing on a common rock type, students will use their knowledge and creativity to produce their own piece of rock art.
GRADE 7 to 9: Beat the Heat
  • Heat is an essential part of Earth's processes. How is Earth's heat created and transmitted? Why does it get hotter the deeper we go underground? How can we safely dig deeper with all this heat? Students will explore these questions with an engaging hands-on activity and tour our Hydraulic Air Compressor to learn how miners can keep cool underground.

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