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Science for Home Educators

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

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  • Fri 25 Oct 2019 7pm to 9pm
    Come and find out about the NCEA system and how it can help home educating families as a pathway into university or other tertiary courses. Te Kura (the correspondence school) is free for students 16 years and over. How does Te Kura work, how does NCEA work, what are the levels and credits, what's the best pathway for your family? Free registration - $3 door charge.
    YMCA Northcote - Rendle room (ground floor)
  • Tues 29 Oct, 10am-1pm
    Students will learn about the chemistry of acids and bases. After the 3-hr classroom session they will finish off the topic at home through an online platform (an extra 4-5 hours). Central theme is "ocean acidification". Students will need to bring their own laptop or tablet. Suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $40 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Hearts & Minds community centre (above Northcote library)
  • Wed 30 Oct, 11am-2pm (practical session)
    This course is all about the different types of plastics, their properties and chemical composition. It has a strong focus on the environmental impacts and how to reduce these. It consists of: * 2-3 hrs online pre-study at home * 3-hr practical session in class * 4-6 hrs afterwards at home Most suitable for ages 11+. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Chartwell Cooperating Church, Hamilton
  • Wed AND Thur 20/21 Nov 2019, 1pm to 4pm
    This 6-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, the Bunsen burner, 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: $45 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Victoria University
  • Fri 22 November 2019, 10am to 12:15pm
    Content: isometric 3D drawings, constructions using a compass of triangles, perpendicular and parallel lines, specific angles, finding a circle’s centre, finding triangle centres and bisecting lines and angles. A fun, hands-on workshop where students learn geometric drawing techniques as taught in mathematics and technical drawing courses. Suitable for ages 11 and up. Fee: $18. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Johnsonville Community Centre
  • Mon 25 November 2019, 11:30am to 1:45pm
    Content: isometric 3D drawings, constructions using a compass of triangles, perpendicular and parallel lines, specific angles, finding a circle’s centre, finding triangle centres and bisecting lines and angles. A fun, hands-on workshop where students learn geometric drawing techniques as taught in mathematics and technical drawing courses. Suitable for ages 11 and up. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Upper Riccarton Library
  • Tues AND Wed 26/27 Nov 2019, 1pm to 4pm
    This 6-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, the Bunsen burner, 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. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    University of Canterbury
  • Wed 27 Nov 2019, 10am to 12noon
    During this 2-hour practical lab the students will learn about collision theory and investigate factors that influence the rate of a reaction. Year 11 level. No prior skills or knowledge required. For ages 13+. Important note: students under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    University of Canterbury
  • Thurs 28 Nov 2019, 9:45am to 12noon
    Topics: DC electricity, electrical circuits, circuit symbols, circuit diagrams. A hands-on workshop where students make a fun electric circuit project to take home. Suitable for ages 10-13. Younger children can attend with a parent. Feedback: * my 12 year old son really enjoyed the environment and the chance to learn in a new way. We were all very impressed with his project at home which gave him much encouragement Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Upper Riccarton Library
  • Thur 28 Nov 2019, 7-9pm
    Come and find out about the NCEA system and how it can help home educating families as a pathway into university or other tertiary courses. Te Kura (the correspondence school) is free for students 16 years and over. How does Te Kura work, how does NCEA work, what are the levels and credits, what's the best pathway for your family? Free entry - registration is essential. Gold coin donation for expenses. Presenter: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Upper Riccarton library
  • Fri 29 November 2019, 10am-1pm
    Students will learn about the chemistry of acids and bases. After the 3-hr theory classroom session they will finish off the topic at home through an online platform (an extra 4-5 hours). Central theme is "ocean acidification". Students will need to bring their own laptop or tablet. Suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $40 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Fendalton library - boardroom (left at front door entrance, see sign)
  • Mon 2 December 2019, 10:15am to 12:30pm
    Content: isometric 3D drawings, constructions using a compass of triangles, perpendicular and parallel lines, specific angles, finding a circle’s centre, finding triangle centres and bisecting lines and angles. A fun, hands-on workshop where students learn geometric drawing techniques as taught in mathematics and technical drawing courses. Suitable for ages 11 and up. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Caversham Baptist Church
  • 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
  • Tue 3 Dec 2019, 10:15am to 12:30pm
    Topics: DC electricity, electrical circuits, circuit symbols, circuit diagrams. A hands-on workshop where students make a fun electric circuit project to take home. Suitable for ages 10-13. Younger children can attend with a parent. Feedback: * my 12 year old son really enjoyed the environment and the chance to learn in a new way. We were all very impressed with his project at home which gave him much encouragement Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    Caversham Baptist Church
  • Wed 4 Dec 2019, 10am to 12pm, 1pm-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. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    University of Otago
  • Runs during term 4, 2019
    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
    online
  • Runs during term 4, 2019
    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. Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    online
  • Runs during term 4, 2019
    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. Cost for two units: $90 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
    online

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