Students will be introduced to fundamental programming concepts using
Scratch, a visual programming language developed at MIT, and Python.
Students will create their own games, animations, interactive projects and applications. Courses are designed to teach logic, analytical skills, STEM and computer science concepts in a fun and imaginative way. The emphasis is on encouraging students to become creators instead of consumers of content, and leave their unique mark on the world. Ages 7+
Starr Ranch Science-based Education
Audubon's 4,000-acre Starr Ranch Sanctuary is in southeast Orange County (adjacent to Dove Canyon and Coto de Caza) and offers programs in field biology and ecology. Homeschool mom Vicki Giansante said, "A wonderful hands-on learning experience, with the kids doing the actual science of tracking radio tagged hawks (models) with radio receivers and GPS, checking amphibian populations with trap and release, and figuring out statistical data, etc."
Call to arrange dates and times. 949-858-1239
Web site: www.starrranch.org
SCIENCE-2-U and their team of degreed professionals has developed a science program especially designed to meet the needs of homeschoolers. SCIENCE-2-U comes directly to your educational facility or home, along with all of the materials for lectures, experiments, and homework assignments. Primary and secondary classes scheduled in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego counties. Homeschool mom Vicki Giansante said said her daughter "loved it and learned a lot. The lab experiments and the Science Fair were great experiences."
Web Site: http://www.science2u.com
Steve Harding Nature Hikes
"The Nature Guy" offers three to four hour classes and hikes on animal, plant and insect study held throughout the year. Steve is also available for you to schedule special hikes or classroom presentations for your group upon request. See http://natureguy.net for more information.
MODEL ROCKETRY CLASSES
They come to your group. Perfect for all beginning and intermediate level modelers. Learn how model rockets are built and flown safely! Each student will build his or her own model rocket -- yours to keep and launch over and over.
Inside the Outdoors
Held in various locations throughout Orange County.
Phone Number: 949-548-1175
Inside the Outdoors is an environmental education program administered by the Orange County Department of Education. The mission of Inside the Outdoors is to empower students, teachers, parents and the community to explore natural areas and expand their knowledge. There are three types of programs within Inside the Outdoors: Field programs, School Programs, and Outdoor Science School.
The Environmental Nature Center ("The ENC")
3.5 acres of what was once a litter-filled gully behind Newport Harbor High School. Today, it is a fascinating combination of 14 California native plant communities (ranging from a desert, to an oak woodland, to a fresh water marsh, to a redwood forest), wildlife habitats and walking trails. For over 30 years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life's pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. The ENC serves over 15,000 students and thousands of visitors each year. The ENC is recognized as a leader in education providing opportunities for increasing our community's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Homeschool mom Vicki Giansante said, "Rainbow Kids had a wonderful field trip to The Environmental Nature Center. They were very flexible with our wide span of ages, from 1 to 17, and everyone got to be a field biologist for the day."
For information on upcoming programs call 949-645-8489.
Earthroots Field School
Taught by Jodi Levine
Jodi teaches experiential outdoor classes that bring children closer to the rhythms of the earth while encouraging a sense of connection. Classes such as wild, edible and medicinal plant hikes, organic gardening, candle-making using beeswax, tidepool/marine biology field trips and natural fiber basket and rope-making. Jodi has been working (playing) with students outside the classroom for 5 years. In addition to teaching homeschool classes, she hosts Toddler's in the Garden classes at South Coast Farms. For all classes, please phone or email to RSVP: (949) 400-3340 firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.earthrootsfieldschool.org
At Play-Well TEKnologies
Ages: 7 - 12
Do you like building things? Design and build motorized machines, catapults, pyramids, demolition derby cards, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, you will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Returning students are given new projects that build on previous projects and concepts. For more information about At Play-Well TEKnologies classes and curriculum, visit www.play-well.org.