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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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  • Runs during term 3, 2021
    The ocean is becoming increasingly acidic, a phenomenon that is impacting marine life around the world. In this chemical sciences unit students will learn about acids, bases, their reactions and the pH scale. Suitable for ages 11-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 3, fully online
  • Runs during term 3, 2021
    Sometimes when plants or animals move into a new area they take over. Getting rid of these pests is costly and difficult, and trying to solve the problem often makes it worse. New research into feral cats underlines the importance of understanding the complex web of life before we take action. This biological sciences unit will also cover ecosystems, biomes and food chains/webs. Suitable for ages 11-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 3, fully online
  • Runs during term 3, 2021
    In this unit, students will embark on a virtual excursion of the world’s biomes to discover the amazing adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in these different environments. Students will explore human impact on the world’s biomes through deforestation, invasive species and climate change and be empowered to take action to minimise the effects of these. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 3, fully online
  • Runs during term 3, 2021
    Students will put on their detective hats as they investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gases to solve ‘The case of the mystery matter’. Students explore: * The properties of solids, liquids and gases * Non-Newtonian fluids * Changes in state * Solids, liquids and gases in our atmosphere * The water cycle Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 3, fully online
  • Runs during term 3, 2021
    In this Earth Sciences unit students will look at: * Earth's four major systems and how they interact; * Earth's climate – what causes it and how it has changed over time; * the changes that humans are causing to Earth's climate. Suitable for ages 14+ Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Fully online - runs during term 3
  • Runs during term 3, 2021
    During this physics unit students will learn about: * Sound waves * Properties of light and colour * Reflection and refraction * Lenses Suitable for ages 14+ Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Fully online - runs during term 3
  • Runs during term 3, 2021
    Students will learn what current, voltage and resistance are, followed by Ohm's law. It is at year 11 physics level. An on-loan equipment pack will be sent out for the practical component. It is most suitable for students aged 13+ who have already learnt about basic electricity concepts. Fee: $40 plus courier fee for equipment loan Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 3 - fully online
  • Runs during term 3, 2021
    Students will be sent an equipment pack on loan to carry out experiments using a wind turbine. They will investigate three different variables with regards to the turbine blades. This is a great unit to prepare for year 11/12 scientific investigation assessments (NCEA/Cambridge). Suitable for age 13+ Fee: $50 plus shipping fee for equipment loan Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 3 - fully online
  • Runs during term 3, 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
    Runs during term 3, fully online
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    Complete 10 science investigations at home out of 15 provided activities in each science area. Uses everyday equipment to make science come alive! On completion the student gets a certificate mailed out to them. Includes: Chemistry - Biology - Physics - Earth Sciences Suitable for ages 9-12. Fee: $30
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    Complete 10 science investigations at home out of 15 provided activities. Uses everyday equipment to make science come alive! On completion the student gets a certificate mailed out to them. Choose from Chemistry - Biology - Physics - Earth Sciences Suitable for ages 9-12. Fee: $8
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    Complete two science themed escape room challenges. Topics are: * Food and biotechnology * Deep inside our oceans Learn science in a fun and engaging way! The online platform is available 24/7. Suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $20
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  • Runs during term 4, 2021
    People of every time and culture have relied on nature for resources. We are no different today. In this unit students explore: * What are resources? * Renewability * Energy resources * Renewable energy * Sustainability Suitable for ages 11-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 4, fully online
  • Runs during term 4, 2021
    In this unit students explore: * The importance of plants in our everyday life, especially as a source of food. * Conditions required for growth in plants and factors that can inhibit growth. * Scientific and technological advances improving agricultural practice. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 4, fully online
  • Runs during term 4, 2021
    Students will investigate the following: What is the difference between a chemical reaction and a physical change? How do we represent chemical reactions? Why do chemical equations need to be balanced? How can we classify chemical reactions? How can we influence the rate of a chemical reaction? Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 4, fully online
  • Runs during term 4, 2021
    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: Atoms, acids & bases Invasive Species Simple machines Cell Biology Mixtures Active Earth Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Online - runs during term 4
  • Runs during term 4, 2021
    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 5/6/7 NZ school level. Choose from: Light Fungi Energy & Electricity Kitchen Chemistry Adaptations States of Matter Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Online - runs during term 4
  • Runs during term 4, 2021
    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: Chemical Bonding Kinematics Reactions & Energy Biological Systems Sound, Light & Lenses Earth Systems & Climate change Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Online - runs during term 4