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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 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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  • Book any time
    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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  • 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, 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
  • Runs during term 1, 2022
    The life around us is incredibly diverse. To help make sense of how all the different species relate to each other, scientists group them into six broad kingdoms. The distinctive striped pattern of zebras makes them instantly recognizable to most people. And it also helps scientists classify them and compare them to other animals. Suitable for ages 12-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    fully online
  • Runs during term 1, 2022
    During this physics unit students will learn about heat and heat transfer through conduction, convection and radiation. Central theme is the creation of the perfect pizza 😀. Suitable for ages 12-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    fully online
  • Runs during term 1, 2022
    Rocky, Skye and their pet Chameleon Kevin have stumbled across an abandoned carnival. It’s dark, it’s scary and there’s something…or someone lurking in the shadows. Will they be able to shed some light on this mysterious situation? Or will it be lights out for this trusty trio…forever?? This unit explores the properties of light and its uses in our everyday lives. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 1, fully online
  • Runs during term 1, 2022
    This unit covers natural hazards and their potential to cause disaster. Students learn about the dynamic processes that cause geological and meteorological hazards and explore how scientists predict and measure them. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 1, fully online
  • Runs during term 1, 2022
    In this senior biology unit students will learn about DNA, genes, mutations, mitosis, meiosis, simple inheritance, punnett squares and pedigrees. Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 1, fully online
  • Runs during term 1, 2022
    Imagine being able to charge your phone simply by walking into a room! Disney is developing new wireless technology to make this a reality. The science behind it relies on the force of magnetism and its connection to electricity. Students will find out more about this mysterious force in this senior physics unit! Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Runs during term 1, fully online
  • Wed 10 Feb, 1:30-2pm
    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