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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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  • Book any time
    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, 2022
    In this chemical sciences unit, students will explore reversible and irreversible changes through the context of cooking. There are a large a number of hands on investigations. Access to a kitchen is required as students will be whipping up their own culinary/chemistry creations! Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 2, fully online
  • Runs during term 4, 2022
    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: Heat Kingdoms & Classification Elements & Compounds Body Systems Mixtures Our Earth in Space Cost: $55 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
  • Runs during term 4, 2022
    During this science unit students will learn about: * Food chains and food webs * Ecosystems and relationships within them * Healthy ecosystems and human impacts Suitable for ages 11-15. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    online - runs during term 2
  • Runs during term 4, 2022
    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 Natural Disasters Adaptations The Solar System Cost: $55 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
  • Runs during term 4, 2022
    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: DNA & Genetics Magnetism Radiation & Radioactivity Advanced Body Systems Our Universe Chemical Reactions Cost: $55 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
  • Runs during term 4, 2022
    Kinematics - the science of movement. A senior physics course covering time, distance, speed, velocity and acceleration around the topical theme of self-driving cars. Good knowledge of basic physics concepts and maths recommended. Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
  • Runs during term 4, 2022
    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
  • Tues 21 Feb 2023, 10am to 4pm
    This 5-hour lab course covers a large part of the chemistry practical skills from years 9/10. No prior skills or knowledge required. Content: safety in the lab, separation techniques, chemical reactions, making and testing 3 common gases, pH scale, acids and bases, indicators. For ages 12-17. Important note: students under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Course fee: $60 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Victoria University