Home School Parents, Spring Registration for classes will begin on Friday, January 18th at 9 am online. I will send out the live link for registration on this blog site. Because of changes in staffing we’re offering some different courses and times. Below are the courses that you may register for. Please note that these are all block classes. You must register for an entire block of 3-4 classes each.
SERC Home School Courses: Spring 2013
Age Groups (5-7 yrs., 8-12 yrs., & 13-16 yrs)
Home school classes for primary grades are for three different age groups: 5-7 yrs., 8-12 yrs, and 13-16 yrs. Registration is online only starting January 17th.
Ages 5-7 yrs.
Ages 8-12 yrs.
Ages 13-16 yrs.
|Tuesdays||9:30-11 am||11:30 am-1 pm|
|Wednesdays||9-10 am||10:30 am-Noon, 1:30-3 pm|
|You must register for classes by block:|
5-7 year olds:
Ichthyology (4 classes) $40
–Ologies (3 classes) $30
8-12 year olds & 13-16 year olds:
Ichthyology (3 classes) $42
Neurobiology (4 classes) $60
Paleontology (4 classes) $56
–Ologies (3 classes) $42
You must sign up for an entire block of classes. If you cannot make a class you will be asked to make up the material with the instructor, either in person or through e-mail at McDonaldK@si.edu .
Neurobiology (Dr. Kate Treatman-Clark) Tuesdays
February 19th- Introduction to the Brain: In this class we will introduce the basics of neurobiology from the parts of the brain to how neurons communicate.
February 26th- The Cerebrum: Students will explore the different parts of the brain, the internal structures, and how the brain works.
March 5th- Brain Anatomy and Dissection: Students will draw and illustrate a sheep brain and then dissect its parts and identify the structures and how they relate to function.
March 12th- The Brain Through Time: We will examine the evolution of the brain from the earliest hominids to modern man. We’ll also discuss endo casts of fossil brains and how we understand them.
Ichthyology (Karen McDonald) Wednesdays
March 6th- Introduction to Icktheology: We’ll start this block of classes with an introduction to fish, fish anatomy, and types of fish and fish families.
March 20th- Osmosis, Buoyancy, and Scale Aging: Students will understand the physiological adaptations that allow fish to live in an aquatic environment from water balance to buoyancy.
April 3rd- Fisheries and Sustainable Fishing: Using models and hands-on exercises we will explore how humans use fisheries and what it means to have sustainable fisheries.
Palentology (Dr. Kate Treatman-Clark) Tuesdays
April 9th- Taphonomy: Taphonomy is the study of how fossils are formed. We will explore the many ways ancient life is preserved, from soft bodied organisms to dinosaurs.
April 23rd-Geology and Stratigraphy: Students will explore the different types of rocks and how they form, as well as how they are used by geologists to age and date fossils.
May 7th- Understanding Fossil Types: Discover the different types of fossils, and then we’ll make our own cast to take home.
May 21st- Reconstructing Extinct Animal Behavior: Students will reconstruct how extinct animals moved and behaved in this fun hands-on measuring activity.
–Ologies (Karen McDonald) Wednesdays
April 17th- Zoology: Learn all about zoology and how zoologists study animals. We’ll also compare the anatomy of different animals and their physiology.
May 1st- Dendrology: This is the study of trees. We’ll use hands-on techniques to learn how SERC biologists study trees and forests.
May 22nd- Planktology: Planktology is the study of plankton. Students will learn all about the different types of plankton and how they are studied. They’ll also use microscopes and look at plankton up close and personal.
REGISTRATION BEGINS FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH @ 9 AM. A live link for registration will be sent out on this blog site.