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Science for Home Educators (Young Rutherfords Ltd)

High interest and hands-on science courses. See below for the courses on offer both online and face-to-face.

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Past Events

  • Sunday 6 December 2020
    High-interest, interactive and hands-on online science units. For more information and to see a list of this term's units see www.youngrutherfords.com Marked by a real person, not a computer. Online learning platform is accessible 24/7 Junior level is about year 8/9/10 NZ school level. Choose from: Kingdoms & Classification Elements and Compounds Ecosystems Heat Body Systems Simple machines Our Earth in Space Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Online - runs during term 4
  • Sunday 6 December 2020
    High-interest, interactive and hands-on online science units. For more information and to see a list of this term's units see www.youngrutherfords.com Marked by a real person, not a computer. Online learning platform is accessible 24/7 Primary level is about year 6/7 NZ school level. Choose from: Adaptations Kitchen Chemistry Fungi States of Matter Energy & Electricity The Solar System Feeding the Future Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Online - runs during term 4
  • Sunday 6 December 2020
    High-interest, interactive and hands-on online science units. For more information and to see a list of this term's units see www.youngrutherfords.com Marked by a real person, not a computer. Online learning platform is accessible 24/7 Senior level is about year 11/12 NZ school level. Choose from Reactions & Energy Sound, light & lenses Biological systems Chemical Reactions Advanced Body Systems Reproduction/Evolution DNA & Genetics Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Online - runs during term 4
  • The Waihi mine educational officer offers a 2-hour programme where the students get to do lots of hands-on activities while learning about the Waihi mine where mainly gold and silver are produced. In addition to this educational session there is a one-hour visit to Spike’s bricks and models. Spike has a huge display of lego, more than 4 large rooms full, as well as an interactive RC lego cars activity. Cost: $8 pp for ages 6 and up including adults Free for children under 6
    OceanaGold Education Centre
  • Friday 11 December 2020
    High-interest, interactive and hands-on online science units. For more information and to see a list of this term's units see www.youngrutherfords.com Marked by a real person, not a computer. Online learning platform is accessible 24/7 Offered at three different levels covering years 6 to 11. Try an introduction to science unit for free! Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 4
  • Tuesday 9 February 2021
    Have you got what it takes to be a forensic scientist? This course has a range of practical science activities designed to capture students' imagination and promote analytical thinking. It starts with a 30-min Zoom session and continues through an online learning platform, available 24/7. An equipment pack is included. Suitable for ages 10+. Fee: $60 incl equipment pack + courier Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    One 30-min video conference plus 24/7 access to the online course material
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021
    This course is about the different types of plastics, their properties and chemical composition with a focus on the environmental impacts. It includes a range of practical experiments. It starts with a 30-min Zoom session and continues through an online learning platform, available 24/7. An equipment pack is included. Suitable for ages 12+. Fee: $60 incl equipment pack + courier Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    One 30-min video conference then 24/7 access to the online course material
  • Tuesday 9 March 2021
    During this fun hands-on course students will learn about atoms and the periodic table and build a series of molecules. They will be sent a Molymod molecular building kit which they can keep for a few weeks and then send back. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $18 plus shipping Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    3 video conference sessions, dates: Tues 10 Nov, Wed 11 Nov, Thurs 12 Nov
  • Tuesday 23 March 2021
    During this fun hands-on course students will make their own electricity project. Most materials are supplied, except for two AA batteries. The creation of this project will be explained through video conferences. . This course is suitable for ages 9-12. Fee: $20 incl materials plus $5 shipping fee Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    3 video conference sessions, dates: Tue 23 Mar, Wed 24 Mar, Thu 25 Mar, 1:30-2pm
  • Saturday 10 April 2021
    This is the sequel to the highly popular forensics 101 course. Use your forensics skills and learn about more aspects of forensic science, such as DNA, blood, soil, footprints, forgery, bones, insects and hair. Suitable for students aged 10 and over who have already completed the first course. Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT