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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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Science at Home Awards - all four

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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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Science at Home Awards - one subject area

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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Engineering challenges - online programme

Online - book anytime.
Putting the 'E' in STEM, this series of 4 engineering challenges engages students in developing solutions to real-world problems using the engineering process. This course is aimed at creative and inquisitive students with a strong interest in science. Suitable for ages 8 up to adults! Fee: $45 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Fungi

Runs during term 1, 2024
Uh Oh! Rocky has just found a mouldy sandwich at the bottom of his school-bag. It's green. It's smelly. And it looks like it's alive! It couldn't possibly be....could it? Join Rocky, Skye and their trusty companion Chameleon Kevin as they discover the good, the bad and the ugly side of microbes and the fascinating world of fungi! Will they make it out alive? Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords - junior level: Kingdoms & Classifications

Runs during term 1, 2024
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Earth in Space

Runs during term 1, 2024
Our Earth in Space is an Earth & Space sciences unit that does not require any specific prerequisite knowledge. It covers our Solar System, orbits, phases of the Moon, seasons, day and night and more. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Natural Disasters

Runs during term 1, 2024
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. A very topical unit with El Niño settling in. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - senior level: DNA & Genetics

Runs during term 1, 2024
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - senior level: Magnetism

Runs during term 1, 2024
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Forensic Science 102 - online course

Runs during every term in 2024
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
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Forensic Science 101 - fun hands-on online course

Book anytime
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 runs through an online learning platform, available 24/7. An equipment pack is included and will be sent out to you. Suitable for ages 10+. Fee: $65 incl equipment pack + postage Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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8 wk science course - Hamilton - Senior & Intermediate level (CANCELLED)

Thurs 22 Feb 2024, 12:30-2:30pm - 8 wks
An 8-week science programme, 2 hours per week. Term one topic is Physics. The course consists of a variety of activities, theory, practical as well as some tasks to finish at home. Device (tablet or laptop) required. Intermediate level course: ages 10-13, year level 8/9 Topic: Energy with a central theme of bio-engineering Senior level course: ages 13+, year level 10/11 Topic: kinematics – the science of movement. The central theme is self-driving cars. Course fee: $240 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Rototuna library
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Atoms & Molecules explained - Hamilton

Tues 26 March, 10:05am to 12:05pm
During this fun hands-on workshop students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $25 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Rototuna library - Te Kete Tuatea Meeting Room
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Introduction to Nuclear Science - Hamilton

Tues 26 March 2024, 12:30pm to 3pm
A high interest workshop. Learn about radiation, radioactivity, radioisotopes and half-life. Included is a Geiger counter demonstration and students will carry out a couple of fun simulations to learn about radioactive decay and half-life. Note that this is all completely safe (no unauthorised nuclear reactions are involved)! Suitable for ages 13+. Fees: $30 per student Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Rototuna library - Te Kete Tuatea Meeting Room
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Atoms & Molecules explained - Dunedin

Wed 17 April, 10:15am to 12:15pm
During this fun hands-on workshop students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $25 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Caversham Baptist Church
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Kinematics workshop - Dunedin

Wed 17 April 2024, 12:45pm to 2:45pm
Kinematics is the study of movement. During this workshop students will carry out investigations relating to velocity and acceleration which includes using a ticker timer device. Prior knowledge of the theory of kinematics is required. Students can either study the theory beforehand themselves (topics supplied) or they can opt in for an online component at an extra cost. Suitable for ages 13+. Fees: $30 per student for the workshop Additional fee of $55 for the online course covering the required theory, roughly 15-20 hours of study (this is optional). Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Caversham Baptist Church
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Introduction to Nuclear Science - Dunedin

Thurs 18 April 2024, 10am to 12:30pm
A high interest workshop. Learn about radiation, radioactivity, radioisotopes and half-life. Included is a Geiger counter demonstration and students will carry out a couple of fun simulations to learn about radioactive decay and half-life. Note that this is all completely safe (no unauthorised nuclear reactions are involved)! Suitable for ages 13+. Fees: $30 per student Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Caversham Baptist Church
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Atoms & Molecules explained - Christchurch

Tue 23 April, 10:15am to 12:15pm
During this fun hands-on workshop students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $25 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Christchurch Bridge Club
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Kinematics workshop - Christchurch

Tues 23 April 2024, 12:45pm to 2:45pm
Kinematics is the study of movement. During this workshop students will carry out investigations relating to velocity and acceleration which includes using a ticker timer device. Prior knowledge of the theory of kinematics is required. Students can either study the theory beforehand themselves (topics supplied) or they can opt in for an online component at an extra cost. Suitable for ages 13+. Fees: $30 per student for the workshop Additional fee of $55 for the online course covering the required theory, roughly 15-20 hours of study (this is optional). Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Christchurch Bridge Club
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Introduction to Nuclear Science - Christchurch

Wed 24 April 2024, 10am to 12:30pm
A high interest workshop. Learn about radiation, radioactivity, radioisotopes and half-life. Included is a Geiger counter demonstration and students will carry out a couple of fun simulations to learn about radioactive decay and half-life. Note that this is all completely safe (no unauthorised nuclear reactions are involved)! Suitable for ages 13+. Fees: $30 per student Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Christchurch Bridge Club
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Kinematics workshop - Paraparaumu

Mon 29 April 2024, 10am to 12pm
Kinematics is the study of movement. During this workshop students will carry out investigations relating to velocity and acceleration which includes using a ticker timer device. Prior knowledge of the theory of kinematics is required. Students can either study the theory beforehand themselves (topics supplied) or they can opt in for an online component at an extra cost. Suitable for ages 13+. Fees: $30 per student for the workshop Additional fee of $55 for the online course covering the required theory, roughly 15-20 hours of study (this is optional). Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Coastlands Aquatic Centre
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Introduction to Nuclear Science - South Auckland (CANCELLED)

Fri 23 Feb 2024, 10am to 12:30pm
A high interest workshop. Learn about radiation, radioactivity, radioisotopes and half-life. Included is a Geiger counter demonstration and students will carry out a couple of fun simulations to learn about radioactive decay and half-life. Note that this is all completely safe (no unauthorised nuclear reactions are involved)! Suitable for ages 13+. Fees: $30 per student Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Takaanini Community Hub
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Introduction to Nuclear Science - Tauranga

Fri 9 Feb 2024, 10am to 12:30pm
A high interest workshop. Learn about radiation, radioactivity, radioisotopes and half-life. Included is a Geiger counter demonstration and students will carry out a couple of fun simulations to learn about radioactive decay and half-life. Note that this is all completely safe (no unauthorised nuclear reactions are involved)! Suitable for ages 13+. Fee: $30 per student Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Arataki Community Centre
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Electricity - hands-on science unit

Book any time - runs online.
Students will learn about electricity through a range of experiments including making their own battery out of lemons. Theory covers electricity concepts, circuits and conductors vs insulators. This course runs through an online learning platform, available 24/7. Suitable for age 8-11 Fee: $50 including an electricity kit plus courier fee Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Science at Home Awards - all four

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
Book anytime
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Science at Home Awards - one subject area

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
Book anytime
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Young Rutherfords online science course - free trial

Trial a unit anytime!
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 school years 6 to 11. Try an introduction to science unit for free! Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs anytime, fully online
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Light and Reflection - hands-on science unit

Book any time - runs online.
Students will learn about light reflection by doing hands-on and virtual experiments including making their own periscope. This course runs through an online learning platform, available 24/7. Suitable for age 8+ Fee: $25 including a periscope kit Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Natural Disasters

Runs during term 4, 2023
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. A very topical unit with El Niño settling in. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Engineering challenges - online programme

Online - book anytime.
Putting the 'E' in STEM, this series of 4 engineering challenges engages students in developing solutions to real-world problems using the engineering process. This course is aimed at creative and inquisitive students with a strong interest in science. Suitable for ages 8 up to adults! Fee: $45 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Forensic Science 102 - online course

Runs during every term in 2023
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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior level: Heat

Runs during term 4, 2023
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
fully online
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Forensic Science 101 - fun hands-on online course

Book anytime
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 runs through an online learning platform, available 24/7. An equipment pack is included and will be sent out to you. Suitable for ages 10+. Fee: $65 incl equipment pack + postage Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords - primary level: the Solar System

Runs during term 4, 2023
3, 2, 1... blast off! Rocky, Skye and their pet, Chameleon Kevin are heading off on a journey into outer space! Prepare yourself for an 'out of this world' adventure as you help them navigate their way through the Solar System. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior level

Runs during term 4, 2023
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: Active Earth Cell biology Simple machines Invasive species Acids & bases Resources Cost: $55 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online science course - primary level

Runs during term 4, 2023
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 States of Matter Feeding the Future Energy & Electricity Kitchen chemistry Adaptations Cost: $55 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online science course - Senior level

Runs during term 4, 2023
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 Newton's laws of Motion Reactions & Energy Reproduction Sound, Light and Lenses Biological systems Cost: $55 per student. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords senior: Earth Systems & Climate Change

Runs during term 4, 2023
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Fully online - runs during term 3
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

Runs during term 3&4, 2023
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
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Science themed escape rooms

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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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Young Rutherfords online - junior: Acids & Bases

Runs during term 3, 2023
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - junior: Resources

Runs during term 3, 2023
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Kitchen Chemistry

Runs during term 3, 2023
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
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: Electricity & Energy

Runs during term 3, 2023
Rocky, Skye and their pet, Chameleon Kevin are busy rehearsing for the upcoming ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition when they are sabotaged by a rival band. Will they be able to power through and make it on stage? Or will there be shocking consequences? Join them on their electrifying adventure and discover the fascinating world of electricity and energy! Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 + optional equipment pack Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - Senior level: Biological Systems

Runs during term 3, 2023
In this unit students will explore three areas in biological sciences: * bio-accumulation, theme: plastic pollution * three different types of symbiosis, how different organisms live together * microbiomes - our gut biology Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Sound, light & lenses

Runs during term 3, 2023
During this physics unit students will learn about: * Sound waves * Properties of light and colour * Reflection and refraction * Lenses Suitable for ages 14+ Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Light

Runs during term 2, 2023
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: $55 plus $5 for periscope kit Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Forensic Science 101 - fun hands-on online course

Online, runs during terms 1 & 2, 2023
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 runs through an online learning platform, available 24/7. An equipment pack is included and will be sent out to you. Suitable for ages 10+. Fee: $65 incl equipment pack + postage Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Simple Machines

Runs during term 2, 2023
During this physics unit students will learn how simple machines that have been used for thousands of years work and how new high-tech versions are still being invented today. It covers levers, gears and inclined planes. Suitable for ages 12-15. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - junior: Invasive Species

Runs during term 2, 2023
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: Adaptations

Runs during term 2, 2023
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - Senior level: Reactions & Energy

Runs during term 2, 2023
Reactions and Energy is a senior chemistry unit most suitable for students who have already learnt about the basics of chemical reactions and how to balance chemical equations. It covers combustion reactions, exothermic vs endothermic reactions and photosynthesis Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Reproduction

Runs during term 2, 2023
The animal world is full of weird and wonderful ways to reproduce. Despite the huge variety of methods, this behaviour has just one goal: to produce the next generation. In this unit students will learn about sexual and asexual reproduction in a variety of species. Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Epsom

Tues 30 May 2023, 9:30am to 3:30pm
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, using a Bunsen burner, separation techniques, chemical reactions, making and testing 3 common gases. For ages 12-17. Students will work in pairs. Important note: students under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Fee: $105 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom Campus
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Dunedin

Wed 26 April 2023, 10am - 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. Fee: $75 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Otago
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Christchurch

Wed 19 April 2023, 9:30am to 3:30pm
This 5-hour lab course covers a range of 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. For ages 12-17. Important note: students under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Fee: $75 per student Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Canterbury
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: States of Matter

Runs during term 1, 2023
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Active Earth

Runs during term 1, 2023
Active Earth is an Earth and space sciences unit which covers earthquakes, volcanoes, continental drift, the rock cycle and types of rock and fossils. Suitable for ages 12+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - senior level: Chemical Bonding

Runs during term 1, 2023
A more advanced chemistry unit following on from atomic structure. Students will learn about three types of chemical bonding: ionic bonding, covalent bonding and metallic bonding. Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Newton's laws of motion

Runs during term 1, 2023
The forces in car crashes can be intense. Vehicle collision investigators use Newton’s three laws of motion to help understand them as they reconstruct what happened, revealing if any drivers were at fault. Newton’s Laws of Motion is a physics unit suitable for students with a basic understanding of forces. A knowledge of kinematics concepts such as velocity and acceleration is recommended. Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Cell biology

Runs during term 1, 2023
How much would you pay for a hamburger? $10? $20? What about $300,000? That's how much it cost a team of scientists to make the world's most expensive hamburger. And it took them 3 months to create! So why would anyone go to all of that effort for a hamburger? And what on earth does it have to do with cells? Chew your way through this unit to find out the answers to these questions and many more. Suitable for ages 12-15. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: Feeding the Future

Runs during term 1, 2023
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

Runs during term 1, 2023
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
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Electrical circuits and Ohm's law

Runs during term 1, 2023
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 2 - fully online
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Optics - Light & Lenses

Runs during term 1, 2023
Students will be sent an equipment pack on loan to carry out optics experiments using mirrors and lenses. The theory part covers light waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection and refraction. Suitable for age 13+ Fee: $55 plus shipping fee for equipment loan Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Atoms & Molecules explained - Hamilton (CANCELLED)

Mon 3 April, 12:30pm to 3pm
During this fun hands-on course students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $25 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Chartwell Cooperating Church
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Wellington

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
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Atoms & Molecules explained - Wellington (CANCELLED)

Mon 20 Feb 2023 - 10am to 12:30pm
During this fun hands-on course students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $25 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Wellington South Baptist Church
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Optics - Light & Lenses

Runs during term 4, 2022
Students will be sent an equipment pack on loan to carry out optics experiments using mirrors and lenses. The theory part covers light waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection and refraction. Suitable for age 13+ Fee: $55 plus shipping fee for equipment loan Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior level

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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior: Ecosystems

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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - primary level

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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - Senior level

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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - senior: Kinematics

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
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Kitchen Chemistry

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
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Titrations lab course - Epsom

Mon 28 Nov 2022, 1-4pm
This course consists of a theory part to be studied independently beforehand followed by a 3-hour lab covering two titrations. Suitable for students working at year 12 level chemistry. Fee: $140 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom Campus
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Electricity course - three 45-min Zoom sessions

Wed 2, 9, 16 Nov, 10.15-11am
During this hands-on course students will learn about electricity, current, voltage and how to use a multimeter. They will be sent an on-loan electricity kit which needs to be returned. This course is suitable for ages 12-16. Younger children with an interest/aptitude in this area are also welcome to register. Fee: $30 plus shipping Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Optics - Light & Lenses

Runs during term 3, 2022
Students will be sent an equipment pack on loan to carry out optics experiments using mirrors and lenses. The theory part covers light waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection and refraction. Suitable for age 13+ Fee: $55 plus shipping fee for equipment loan Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

Runs during term 3, 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
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Electrical circuits and Ohm's law

Runs during term 3, 2022
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 2 - fully online
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Science at Home Awards - all four

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
Book anytime
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Science at Home Awards - one subject area

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
Book anytime
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Mixtures

Runs during term 3, 2022
Mixtures is a chemistry unit requiring no specific prerequisite knowledge. Students will learn about mixtures vs pure substances, suspensions and colloids, solutions and concentration and saturated and unsaturated solutions. Relevant and topical applications are used throughout the unit. Suitable for ages 12+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - senior level: Our Universe

Runs during term 3, 2022
When you look up at the night sky, some of the light entering your eye has taken millions of years to reach you. That means you're looking back millions of years in time! With modern technology, scientists can peer back billions of years to investigate how the universe began. They can even detect tiny ripples in space caused by the cataclysmic collisions of black holes. A mind-expanding tour of our mysterious universe! Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Advanced Body Systems

Runs during term 3, 2022
In this biological sciences unit students will learn about the nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system. This unit is most suitable for students who have already learnt about microbes and the basics of cells. Suitable for ages 13+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Current & Voltage - Mount (CANCELLED)

Wed 14 Sep 2022, 1-3pm
A senior physics course that covers the electrical concepts of current and voltage. Students will build a series of circuits and take measurements using a multimeter. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas
Arataki Community Centre - Sandpiper room
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Electricity concepts - Mount (CANCELLED)

Wed 14 Sep 2022, 10:30am-12pm
A fun, hands-on workshop where students learn about electricity, electrical circuits, conductors and insulators. They will also make a lemon powered battery. Suitable for ages 9-11. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas
Arataki Community Centre - Kingfisher room
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Earth in Space

Runs during term 3, 2022
Our Earth in Space is an Earth & Space sciences unit that does not require any specific prerequisite knowledge. It covers our Solar System, orbits, phases of the Moon, seasons, day and night and more. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Fungi

Runs during term 3, 2022
Uh Oh! Rocky has just found a mouldy sandwich at the bottom of his school-bag. It's green. It's smelly. And it looks like it's alive! It couldn't possibly be....could it? Join Rocky, Skye and their trusty companion Chameleon Kevin as they discover the good, the bad and the ugly side of microbes and the fascinating world of fungi! Will they make it out alive? Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: Electricity & Energy

Runs during term 3, 2022
Rocky, Skye and their pet, Chameleon Kevin are busy rehearsing for the upcoming ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition when they are sabotaged by a rival band. Will they be able to power through and make it on stage? Or will there be shocking consequences? Join them on their electrifying adventure and discover the fascinating world of electricity and energy! Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 + optional equipment pack Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Current & Voltage - Northcote

Fri 26 Aug 2022, 1-3pm
A senior physics course that covers the electrical concepts of current and voltage. Students will build a series of circuits and take measurements using a multimeter. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas
Northcote YMCA - Rendle Room
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Electricity concepts - Northcote

Fri 26 Aug 2022, 11am-12:30pm
A fun, hands-on workshop where students learn about electricity, electrical circuits, conductors and insulators. They will also make a lemon powered battery. Suitable for ages 9-11. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas
Northcote YMCA - Rendle Room
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Electricity concepts - Botany (CANCELLED)

Thurs 11 Aug 2022, 1pm-2:45pm
A fun, hands-on workshop where students learn about electricity, electrical circuits, conductors and insulators. They will also make a lemon powered battery. Suitable for ages 9-11. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas
Botany Library - Showcase room (floor one above foodcourt)
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Geometric drawing techniques - Mount

Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12-2pm
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
Arataki Community Centre - Kingfisher room
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Current & Voltage - Hamilton (CANCELLED)

Thurs 28 July 2022, 1-3pm
A senior physics course that covers the electrical concepts of current and voltage. Students will build a series of circuits and take measurements using a multimeter. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas
Chartwell Church
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Electricity concepts - Hamilton (CANCELLED)

Thurs 28 July 2022, 11am-12:30pm
A fun, hands-on workshop where students learn about electricity, electrical circuits, conductors and insulators. They will also make a lemon powered battery. Suitable for ages 9-11. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas
Chartwell Church
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Epsom

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, using a Bunsen burner, separation techniques, chemical reactions, making and testing 3 common gases. For ages 12-17. Students will work in pairs. Important note: students under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Fee: $105 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom Campus
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Young Rutherfords - primary level: the Solar System

Runs during term 2, 2022
3, 2, 1... blast off! Rocky, Skye and their pet, Chameleon Kevin are heading off on a journey into outer space! Prepare yourself for an 'out of this world' adventure as you help them navigate their way through the Solar System. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Body Systems

Runs during term 2, 2022
This biology unit does not require any prior knowledge and covers: * The digestive system * The respiratory system * The circulatory system * Systems in other species Suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - junior: Elements & Compounds

Runs during term 2, 2022
In this unit, students will explore the periodic table and learn about elements and compounds. Suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $55 (+$3 material fee) Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: Adaptations

Runs during term 2, 2022
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Chemical Reactions

Runs during term 2, 2022
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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Radiation & Radioactivity

Runs during term 2, 2022
A high interest topic covering: * what radiation is - effects on human body * radioactivity * radio isotopes * alpha, beta and gamma radiaton * half-life Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2, fully online
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Forensic Science 101 - one video conference & online course

Tues 3 May, 10:30-11am
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: $65 incl equipment pack + courier Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Light

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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 1, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Natural Disasters

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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 1, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - senior level: DNA & Genetics

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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 1, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - senior level: Magnetism

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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 1, fully online
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Electrical circuits and Ohm's law

Runs during term 1, 2022
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 1 - fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

Runs during term 1, 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
Runs during term 1 - fully online
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior level: Heat

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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
fully online
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Young Rutherfords - junior level: Kingdoms & Classifications

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: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
fully online
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Atoms & Molecules - three 45-min Zoom sessions

Wed 16, 23 and 30 March, 10:15-11am
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 10-14. Fee: $20 plus shipping Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Electricity course - four 45-min Zoom sessions

Fri 18, 25 Mar, 1, 8 Apr, 11am-11:45am
During this hands-on course students will learn about electricity, current, voltage and how to use a multimeter. They will be sent an on-loan electricity kit which needs to be returned. This course is suitable for ages 12-16. Younger children with an interest/aptitude in this area are also welcome to register. Fee: $30 plus shipping Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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HHQ high school level through Zoom: Forces & Gravity

8 weekly Zoom sessions: Mon11:15am-12:15
Concepts covered: what are forces, types of forces, balanced and unbalanced forces, net force, the effect of forces, gravity, mass vs weight. The course is supported by an online learning platform available 24/7. Book here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWIPyAurBxUgxfXwQZIvMeVsqCtmeRf4g2ztpikPM1ud_S4g/viewform Mon 11:15am-12:15pm, 14 Feb to 4 April Ages 12+ Fee: $80 + equipm Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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HHQ primary level through Zoom: Light

8 weekly Zoom sessions: Mon 10-11am
Students will explore reflection, refraction and absorption of light. They discover the role of light in our everyday lives and research how light has led to the development of technology and devices that have improved people's lives. There will be plenty of experiments. Mon 10-11am, 14 Feb to 4 April Book here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWIPyAurBxUgxfXwQZIvMeVsqCtmeRf4g2ztpikPM1ud_S4g/viewform Fee: $64 + equipm Ages 7-11 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc,
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Online science courses on Stile - parent information session

Tuesday 25 January 2022
This one-hour Zoom session will show you how the online platform Stile works for the online science courses on offer by Nathalie Thomas. Nathalie is a qualified science teacher (with an MSc and DipT) as well as a homeschooling mum of 15 years. She has been running face-to-face chemistry courses and science workshops for home-educated students for many years. Free to attend - registration needed. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
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CANCELLED Atoms & Molecules explained - Katikati (CANCELLED)

Tuesday 25 January 2022
During this fun hands-on course students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 11-14. Fee: $22 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Katikati Community Centre
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

Runs during term 4, 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 4 - fully online
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Electrical circuits and Ohm's law

Runs during term 4, 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 4 - fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - junior: Resources

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
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: Feeding the Future

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
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Chemical Reactions

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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior level

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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - primary level

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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - Senior level

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
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Laboratory glassware pack

Wednesday 22 September 2021
This pack contains the following items: * test tube rack * 6x test tubes * 50mL measuring cylinder * 50mL beaker * 50mL conical flask A starter equipment pack for doing fun chemistry experiments at home! Cost: $30 plus P&P
Chemistry equipment pack - shipped or pick up.
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Forensic Science 101 - one video conference & online course

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
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Acids & Bases laboratory course - Epsom (CANCELLED)

This 2-hour course covers both theory and practical lab experiments. It is at year 10/11 level. Content: acids & bases, neutralisation reactions, acid-carbonate and acid-metal reactions, equation writing. For ages 13-17. Students will work in pairs. Fee: $40 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom Campus
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Forensic Science 102 - online course

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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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

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
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Electrical circuits and Ohm's law

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
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Senior: Earth Systems & Climate Change

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
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Sound, light & lenses

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
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Young Rutherfords online - junior: Acids & Bases

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
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Young Rutherfords online - junior: Invasive Species

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
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: Adaptations

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
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: States of Matter

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
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Atoms & Molecules explained - Epsom (CANCELLED)

Postponed due to level 4 - new date tbc
During this fun hands-on course students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $20 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom campus
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Electricity concepts - Epsom (CANCELLED)

Postponed due to level 4 - cancelled
During this hands-on course students will learn how to build series and parallel circuits. The concepts of current and voltage are explained using the circuits they build. A kit with electricity components is included for students to keep and take home. It contains a battery pack, light bulbs, switches, buzzer, motor and wires. This course is suitable for ages 12+. Fee: $40 incl materials to keep Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom campus
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Young Rutherfords online science course - free trial

Trial a unit anytime!
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 anytime, fully online
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The Immune System - online science unit

Runs during term 2, 2021
This topical biology unit has a focus on the measles outbreak as well as Covid-19. It covers: * Pathogens: bacteria, viruses and fungi * Infectious diseases and how they spread * Our body's 1st, 2nd and 3rd line of defenses * Vaccinations and herd immunity * Skills: how to read line graphs and calculate percentage change Fee: $50 Suitable for mature students aged 12+ Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
online - runs during term 2
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Forensic Science 102 - online course

Runs during term 2, 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 2, fully online
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Electrical circuits and Ohm's law

Runs during term 2, 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 2 - fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Cell biology

Runs during term 2, 2021
How much would you pay for a hamburger? $10? $20? What about $300,000? That's how much it cost a team of scientists to make the world's most expensive hamburger. And it took them 3 months to create! So why would anyone go to all of that effort for a hamburger? And what on earth does it have to do with cells? Chew your way through this unit to find out the answers to these questions and many more. Suitable for ages 12-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Simple Machines

Runs during term 2, 2021
During this physics unit students will learn how simple machines that have been used for thousands of years work and how new high-tech versions are still being invented today. It covers levers, gears and inclined planes. Suitable for ages 12-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - primary: Electricity & Energy

Runs during term 2, 2021
Rocky, Skye and their pet, Chameleon Kevin are busy rehearsing for the upcoming ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition when they are sabotaged by a rival band. Will they be able to power through and make it on stage? Or will there be shocking consequences? Join them on their electrifying adventure and discover the fascinating world of electricity and energy! Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - Senior level: Biological Systems

Runs during term 2, 2021
In this unit students will explore three areas in biological sciences: * bio-accumulation, theme: plastic pollution * three different types of symbiosis, how different organisms live together * microbiomes - our gut biology Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - Senior level: Reactions & Energy

Runs during term 2, 2021
Reactions and Energy is a senior chemistry unit most suitable for students who have already learnt about the basics of chemical reactions and how to balance chemical equations. It covers combustion reactions, exothermic vs endothermic reactions and photosynthesis Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Kitchen Chemistry

Runs during term 2, 2021
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: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 2, fully online
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Electricity concepts - Mount (CANCELLED)

Thursday 17 June 2021
During this hands-on course students will learn how to build series and parallel circuits. The concepts of current and voltage are explained using the circuits they build. A kit with electricity components is included for students to keep and take home. It contains a battery pack, light bulbs, switches, buzzer, motor and wires. This course is suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $38 incl materials Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Arataki Community Centre - Sandpiper room
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Atoms & Molecules - three 30-min video conferences

14, 15, 16 June: 10:30-11am
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: Mon 14 Jun, Tues 15 Jun, Wed 16 Jun, 10:30am
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Electricity concepts - two 30-min video conferences

Tuesday 8 June 2021
During this hands-on course students will learn how to build series and parallel circuits. The concepts of current and voltage are explained using the circuits they build. A kit with electricity components is included. It contains a battery pack, light bulbs, switches, buzzer, motor and wires. This course runs through two video conferences. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $35 incl materials plus courier fee Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

Runs during term 2, 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 2 - fully online
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Atoms & Molecules explained - Mount

Thurs 3 June, 10am to 12:30pm
During this fun hands-on course students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $20 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Arataki Community Centre - Penguin room
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Electricity concepts - Hamilton (CANCELLED)

Tuesday 1 June 2021
During this hands-on course students will learn how to build series and parallel circuits. The concepts of current and voltage are explained using the circuits they build. A kit with electricity components is included for students to keep and take home. It contains a battery pack, light bulbs, switches, buzzer, motor and wires. This course is suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $42 incl materials Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Chartwell Cooperating Church
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Atoms & Molecules explained - Hamilton (CANCELLED)

Tues 1 June, 10am to 12:30pm
During this fun hands-on course students will learn about atoms, elements and the periodic table and build a series of molecules using the Molymod molecular model kits. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $22 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Chartwell Cooperating Church
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Epsom

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, using a Bunsen burner, separation techniques, chemical reactions, making and testing 3 common gases. For ages 12-17. Students will work in pairs. Important note: students under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Fee: $80 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom Campus
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Electricity concepts - two 30-min video conferences

Tuesday 13 April 2021
During this hands-on course students will learn how to build series and parallel circuits. The concepts of current and voltage are explained using the circuits they build. A kit with electricity components is included. It contains a battery pack, light bulbs, switches, buzzer, motor and wires. This course runs through two video conferences. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $35 incl materials plus courier fee Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

Runs during term 1, 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 1 - fully online
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Electrical circuits and Ohm's law

Runs during term 1, 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 1 - fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Active Earth

Runs during term 1, 2021
Active Earth is an Earth and space sciences unit which covers earthquakes, volcanoes, continental drift, the rock cycle and types of rock and fossils. Suitable for ages 12+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 1, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Mixtures

Runs during term 1, 2021
Mixtures is a chemistry unit requiring no specific prerequisite knowledge. Students will learn about mixtures vs pure substances, suspensions and colloids, solutions and concentration and saturated and unsaturated solutions. Relevant and topical applications are used throughout the unit. Suitable for ages 12+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 1, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Fungi

Runs during term 1, 2021
Uh Oh! Rocky has just found a mouldy sandwich at the bottom of his school-bag. It's green. It's smelly. And it looks like it's alive! It couldn't possibly be....could it? Join Rocky, Skye and their trusty companion Chameleon Kevin as they discover the good, the bad and the ugly side of microbes and the fascinating world of fungi! Will they make it out alive? Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 1, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Light

Runs during term 1, 2021
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
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Young Rutherfords online - senior level: Chemical Bonding

Runs during term 1, 2021
A more advanced chemistry unit following on from atomic structure. Students will learn about three types of chemical bonding: ionic bonding, covalent bonding and metallic bonding. Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 1, fully online
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Forensic Science 102 - online course

Runs during term 1, 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 1, fully online
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior level

Runs during term 1, 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: 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 1
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Electricity project - three 30-min video conferences

23+24+25 March: 1:30-2pm
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: $25 incl materials plus courier fee Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
3 video conference sessions, dates: Tue 23 Mar, Wed 24 Mar, Thu 25 Mar, 1:30-2pm
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Atoms & Molecules - three 30-min video conferences

9, 10 and 11 March, 1:30-2pm
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 9 Mar, Wed 10 Mar, Thurs 11 Mar, 1:30pm
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Senior level: Kinematics, online course + 3 Zoom lessons

Wed 17 Feb, 3 Mar & 17 Mar: 1:30-2pm
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. This course includes three Zoom video conference sessions. Suitable for ages 14+. Fee: $75 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
3x Zoom session: Wed 17 Feb, 3 Mar & 17 Mar: 1:30-2pm plus 24/7 online
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Chemistry of Plastics - one video conference & online course

Tue 16 Feb 2021 - 1:30-2pm
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
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Homeschool outing to Waihi - mine visit and lego display

Thursday 10 December 2020
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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior level

Runs during term 4, 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 Online learning platform is accessible 24/7 This is about year 8/9/10 NZ school level. Suitable for ages 11-15. Choose from: Kingdoms & Classification Elements and Compounds Ecosystems Heat Body Systems Simple machines Our Earth in Space Cost: $50 per student. Tutor: Nath
Online - runs during term 4
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Young Rutherfords online science course - primary level

Runs during term 4, 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
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Young Rutherfords online science course - senior level

Runs during term 4, 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
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Young Rutherfords online - Wind Energy

Runs during term 4, 2020
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 4- fully online
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NCEA as a pathway to tertiary studies - Zoom session

Between Wednesday 25 November 2020 and Thursday 26 November 2020
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? One-hour Zoom session including a 32-page guide. $15 per family Presented by Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
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Young Rutherfords online - Electrical circuits and Ohm's law

Runs during term 3&4, 2020
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 and 4
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Atoms & Molecules - three 30-min video conferences

10+11+12 Nov, 1:30-2pm
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
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Chemistry lab - precipitation reactions

Monday 9 November 2020
This course covers ions, ionic compounds, solubility rules and precipitations reactions. A basic understanding of atoms and chemical reactions is recommended. It consists of: * 5-6 hrs online pre-study at home * a one-hour practical lab session Suitable for ages 14+. Year 11/12 level. Fee: $75 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom campus: room A324
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Electricity project - three 30-min video conferences

27+28+29 Oct: 1:30-2pm
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: Tues 27 Oct, Wed 28 Oct and Thur 29 Oct
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Forensic Science 101 - one video conference & online course

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
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Chocolate matters - one video conference & online course

Thurs 15 Oct - 1pm
This course is about the science of chemical and physical changes through the theme of chocolate! Students will carry out a few experiments at home. 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: $55 incl equipment pack + courier Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
One 30-min video conference then 24/7 access to the online course material
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Young Rutherfords - primary level: Electricity and Energy

Runs during term 3, 2020
Rocky, Skye and their pet, Chameleon Kevin are busy rehearsing for the upcoming 'Battle of the Bands' competition when they are sabotaged by a rival band. Will they be able to power through and make it on stage? Or will there be shocking consequences? Join them on their electrifying adventure and discover the fascinating world of electricity and energy! Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 3
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Young Rutherfords - primary level: the Solar System

Runs during term 3, 2020
3, 2, 1... blast off! Rocky, Skye and their pet, Chameleon Kevin are heading off on a journey into outer space! Prepare yourself for an 'out of this world' adventure as you help them navigate their way through the Solar System. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 3
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Body Systems

Runs during term 3, 2020
This biology unit does not require any prior knowledge and covers: * The digestive system * The respiratory system * The circulatory system * Systems in other species Suitable for ages 12-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 3
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Young Rutherfords online - junior level: Simple Machines

Runs during term 3, 2020
During this physics unit students will learn how simple machines that have been used for thousands of years work and how new high-tech versions are still being invented today. It covers levers, gears and inclined planes. Suitable for ages 12-15. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 3
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Young Rutherfords online - senior level: Chemical Reactions

Runs during term 3, 2020
Students will learn about the different types of chemical reactions, such as composition, decomposition, precipitation and redox reactions. Rates of reactions is also covered. It's recommended students have basic chemistry knowledge. Suitable for ages 13+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 3
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Reproduction & Evolution

Runs during term 3, 2020
This senior biology unit covers reproduction in a variety of animals, how evolution works as well as a closer look at human evolution. Suitable for ages 13+. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Runs during term 3
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Atoms & Molecules - three 30-min video conferences

Monday 31 August 2020
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. Max of 10 students per class. This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $18 plus shipping Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
3 video conference sessions, dates: Mon 31 Aug, Tues 1 Sep and Wed 2 Sep
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Creativity challenge - two 30-min video conferences

Wed 26 Aug & 9 Sep - 1:30 to 2pm
During this online course students will learn to recognise creative thinking in everyday life and explore tactics for overcoming creative blocks. They will then apply creative thinking to design a poster with the help of a step-by-step guided process. This course is suitable for ages 10+. Fee: $20 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Online platform for course material plus two 30-min video conference sessions
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Electricity project - three 30-min video conferences

Monday 10 August 2020
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. Max of 10 students per class. 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: Mon 10 Aug, Tues 11 Aug and Wed 12 Aug
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Science Roadshow - Katikati homeschool group

Wed 5 Aug 2020, 10:30am to 12noon
An 80 minute session. The Science Roadshow is a mobile science discovery centre. Annually it travels the the length of New Zealand in a 15 metre truck and trailer, bringing a range of cool interactive science and technology exhibits into communities. . We are booked in for a group of 20 homeschooled students. Accompanying adults and well-behaved pre-schoolers are free. Student price is $9.58 including the booking/processing fee.
Pahoia School
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Engineering challenge - two 30-min video conferences

Monday 27 July 2020
During this fun hands-on course students will be presented with an engineering challenge. They will need to supply their own popsicle sticks and glue to create a prototype which they can share during the second video conference. This course is suitable for ages 9-12. Fee: $18 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Two 30-min video conference sessions
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Forces and Gravity - online with 3 video conferences

Thurs 23, 30 Jul & 6 Aug 10:30-11am
This physics course covers forces, gravity and related concepts. There is no prerequisite knowledge required. It covers: * what forces are and what they do * types of forces * balanced and unbalanced forces * gravity Year 9/10 level, suitable for ages 12-16 Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
3 weekly video conferences from 10:30-11am, dates: Thurs 23 Jul, 30 Jul & 6 Aug
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The Immune System - online science unit

Runs during term 2, 2020
This topical biology unit has a focus on the measles outbreak as well as Covid-19. It covers: * Pathogens: bacteria, viruses and fungi * Infectious diseases and how they spread * Our body's 1st, 2nd and 3rd line of defenses * Vaccinations and herd immunity * Skills: how to read line graphs and calculate percentage change Fee: $50 Suitable for mature students aged 12+ Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
online - runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: Fungi

Runs during term 2, 2020
Uh Oh! Rocky has just found a mouldy sandwich at the bottom of his school-bag. It's green. It's smelly. And it looks like it's alive! It couldn't possibly be....could it? Join Rocky, Skye and their trusty companion Chameleon Kevin as they discover the good, the bad and the ugly side of microbes and the fascinating world of fungi! Will they make it out alive? Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
online - runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - primary level: States of Matter

Runs during term 2, 2020
Rocky, Skye and their pet Chameleon Kevin have found a U.F.O. under the bed – an Unidentified Filthy Object! Join them on their adventure as they try to solve the case of the mystery matter. A fun chemistry unit for primary school age. Suitable for ages 8-12. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
online - runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Biological Systems

Runs during term 2, 2020
During this biology unit students will learn about: * Bio-accumulation * Symbiosis * Microbiomes Suitable for ages 13+ Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
online - runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online - senior: Sound, light & lenses

Runs during term 2, 2020
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
online - runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior level: Heat

Runs during term 2, 2020
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
online - runs during term 2
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Young Rutherfords online science course - junior: Ecosystems

Runs during term 2, 2020
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: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
online - runs during term 2
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Energy transformation - online + 2 video conferences

Wed 24 Jun & 1 Jul - 10:30am
In this physics course students will learn about: * energy * energy transformations * energy efficiency * the law of conservation of energy. This course is suitable for ages 11-16. Fee: $30 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Online programme including two video conference sessions
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Electricity project - three 30-min video conferences

Monday 8 June 2020
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. Max of 10 students per class. This course is suitable for ages 9-12. Fee: $20 incl materials plus courier fee Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Thee 30-min video conference sessions
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Engineering challenges - online programme

Online - runs during term 1 & 2
Putting the 'E' in STEM, this series of 4 engineering challenges engages students in developing solutions to real-world problems using the engineering process. This course is aimed at creative and inquisitive kids with a strong interest in science. Fee: $50 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Online programme
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Chemical reactions - online + 2 video conferences

Wed 3 and 10 Jun - 10:30am
In this chemistry course students will learn about chemical reactions and how to balance chemical equations. The theme is explosive reactions, who doesn't like explosions! This course is suitable for ages 12-16. Fee: $30 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Online programme including two video conference sessions
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Australian Big Science Competition for homeschoolers

Runs from 20 May - 5 June 2020
Homeschooled students will participate as a group and compete against their schooled peers. The competition is done on-line from your home computer, it takes about 50 min. You choose a time slot between 20 May and 5 June. Cost: $12 per student Years: 8, 9, 10 and 11 Cost includes the registration fee, an A4-sized certificate emailed to you in PDF format and an admin charge. You will receive timely emails with instructions. Organiser: Nathalie Thomas
online
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Chemical bonds - online + 2 video conferences

Wed 13 and 20 May - 10:30am
In this chemistry course students will learn about: * electron configurations * valence electrons and position in the Periodic Table * ionic bonds * covalent bonds This course is suitable for ages 12-16. Fee: $30 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Online programme including two video conference sessions
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Inside Atoms - online + 2 video conferences

Wed 22 and 29 April - 10:30am
Atoms are the building blocks of all matter – but what are the building blocks of atoms? In this course students will learn about: * protons, neutrons and electrons * ions * isotopes This course is suitable for ages 11-15. Fee: $30 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Online programme including two video conference sessions
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Science news lesson: Slowing the spread of Covid-19

Immediate access to the lesson
Students will learn about: * the COVID-19 pandemic and its key features * the importance of social distancing * use an interactive simulation to explore how social distancing flattens the curve of infections * examine a graph of COVID-19 infections in selected countries to identify the effect of social distancing * describe other ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, including thorough hand washing Free lesson Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
online
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The Respiratory System - online + 2 video conferences

Tuesday 24 March 2020
• What are the main parts of the respiratory system? • How and why do we breathe? • How does gas exchange work? • What is my lung capacity? • How do I calculate the average of a set of values? • How does smoking affect our bodies? • Should nicotine vaping be banned? This course is suitable for ages 10-13. Fee: $35 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Online programme including two video conference sessions
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The chemistry of acids and bases - Hamilton

Tue 17 March 2020 9:45am to 12:15pm
Students will learn about the chemistry of acids and bases. After the theory classroom session they will finish off the topic at home through an online platform (an extra 4-6 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
Hamilton Central Library - Auaha Events Space
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Engineering challenges - Hamilton

Monday 16 March from 4pm-5pm
Putting the 'E' in STEM, this series of 4 engineering challenges engages students in developing solutions to real-world problems using the engineering process. This course is aimed at creative and inquisitive kids with a strong interest in science. Course layout: * one hour classroom session * students build and test designs at home and share them online Fee: $60 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Hamilton Central Library - Kathleen Glenn room
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Newton's 3 laws of motion - Hamilton - CANCELLED

Mon 16 & 23 Mar 2020 from 1-3:45pm
This course consists of: * two theory classroom sessions * 6-10 hrs at home (incl experiments and a final test) The level is year 11/12 physics. Suitable for students with an interest in science or engineering, aged 13+. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of forces and kinematics. Students need to bring their own tablet or laptop as the course material is online and facilitated by the tutor. Fee: $75 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Hamilton Central Library - Kathleen Glenn room
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Forces and Gravity - Hamilton

Monday 16 Mar 2020, 11am-3pm
This physics course covers forces, gravity and related concepts. There is no prerequisite knowledge required. It consists of: * one theory classroom session * a further 6-10 hrs at home (incl experiments and a final test) Students need to bring their own tablet or laptop as the course material is online and facilitated by the tutor. Year 9/10 level, suitable for ages 11+ Fee: $75 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Hamilton Central Library - Kathleen Glenn room
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The chemistry of plastics - Northcote

Fri 28 Feb 10:15am-12:45pm (practical)
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 * one practical classroom session * 4-6 hrs afterwards at home Suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $40 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
YMCA North Shore Recreation Centre - Roberts room (upstairs)
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The chemistry of plastics - Epsom

Tue 25 Feb 10am-12:30pm (practical part)
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 * one practical classroom session * 4-6 hrs afterwards at home Suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $40 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom campus: room A324
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Engineering challenges - Auckland

Monday 24 Feb from 1pm-2pm
Putting the 'E' in STEM, this series of 4 engineering challenges engages students in developing solutions to real-world problems using the engineering process. This course is aimed at creative and inquisitive kids with a strong interest in science. Course layout: * one hour classroom session * students build and test designs at home and share them online Fee: $60 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom campus: room A322
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Newton's 3 laws of motion - Epsom

Mon 24 Feb & Thu 27 Feb 2020, 1pm-3:30pm
This course consists of: * two theory classroom sessions * 6-10 hrs at home (incl experiments and a final test) The level is year 11/12 physics. Suitable for students with an interest in science or engineering, aged 14+. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of forces and kinematics. Students need to bring their own tablet or laptop as the course material is online and facilitated by the tutor. Fee: $75 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom campus: room A322
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Forces and Gravity - Epsom

Mon 24 Feb & Thu 27 Feb 20, 10am-12:30pm
This physics course covers forces, gravity and related concepts. There is no prerequisite knowledge required. It consists of: * two theory classroom sessions * 6-10 hrs at home (incl experiments and a final test) Students need to bring their own tablet or laptop as the course material is online and facilitated by the tutor. Year 9/10 level, suitable for ages 11+ Fee: $75 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Auckland - Epsom campus: room A322
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Engineering challenges - Mount

Wed 7-8pm: 12, 19 Feb, 4, 11, 18, 25 Mar
Putting the 'E' in STEM, this series of 6 lessons engages students in developing solutions to real-world problems using the engineering process. This course is aimed at gifted kids with a strong interest in science. Small group (max 10) - students need their own laptop/tablet. Fee: $90 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Arataki Community Centre - Sandpiper room
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The chemistry of acids and bases - Mount

Tues 11 Feb 2020, 10am-12:30pm
Students will learn about the chemistry of acids and bases. After the theory classroom session they will finish off the topic at home through an online platform (extra 4-6 hours). Central theme is "ocean acidification". Students will need to bring their own laptop or tablet. Suitable for ages 11+. Fee: $35 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Arataki Community Centre - Sandpiper room
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Dunedin

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. Strictly no younger students. Important note: students under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Fee: $55 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
University of Otago
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Electricity workshop - Dunedin

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. Fee: $24 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
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Homeschool outing to Waihi - mine visit and lego display

Tuesday 3 December 2019
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
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NCEA as a pathway to tertiary studies - for parents (Dun)

Mon 2 Dec 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 as space are limited. Presenter: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Private Residence - central city location
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Geometric drawing techniques - Dunedin

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. Fee: $18 Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Caversham Baptist Church
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The chemistry of acids and bases - Christchurch

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)
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Electricity workshop - Christchurch

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
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NCEA as a pathway to tertiary studies - for parents (ChCh)

Thur 28 Nov 2019, 7:30-9:30pm
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
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Chemistry lab: Reaction Rates - Christchurch

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
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Christchurch

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
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Geometric drawing techniques - Christchurch

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
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Geometric drawing techniques - Wellington

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
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Basic chemistry laboratory course - Wellington

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
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The chemistry of plastics - Hamilton (CANCELLED)

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
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The chemistry of acids and bases - Northcote

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)
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NCEA as a pathway to tertiary studies - Northcote

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)
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The chemistry of plastics - Mount

Mon 21 Oct, 10am-1pm (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
Arataki Community Centre
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The chemistry of acids and bases - East Tamaki

Mon 30 Sep, 1pm-4pm
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
TrainMe/Vision college
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Homeschool outing to Waihi - mine visit and lego display

Tuesday 24 September 2019
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
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Newton's laws of motion - Bethlehem

Wed 18, 25 Sep and 16 Oct from 10am-1pm
This workshop consists of three 3-hour sessions. During each session the students will learn about one of Newton's laws. The level is year 11/12 physics. Students need to bring their own tablet or laptop as the course material is online and facilitated by the tutor. Suitable for ages 13+. Younger children with a strong interest in science/engineering may be able to attend, please check with the tutor first. Tutor: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
Private residence
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Chemistry lab: Reaction Rates - Epsom

Monday 9 September 2019
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 Auckland - Epsom campus
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Homeschool outing to Waihi - mine visit and lego display

Wednesday 14 August 2019
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
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Science Roadshow - Katikati homeschool group

Wed 14 Aug 2019, 1:30pm to 3pm
An 80 minute session. The Science Roadshow is a mobile science discovery centre. Annually it travels the the length of New Zealand in a 15 metre truck and trailer, bringing a range of cool interactive science and technology exhibits into communities. . We are booked in for a group of 20 homeschooled students. Accompanying adults and well-behaved pre-schoolers at free. Student price is $8.55 including the booking/processing fee.
Katikati College
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Homeschool outing to Waihi - mine visit and lego display

Wednesday 31 July 2019
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
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Electricity workshop - East Tamaki

Fri 17 May 2019, 1pm to 3:15pm
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
TrainMe/Vision college
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Electricity workshop - Epsom

Tuesday 14 May 2019
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
University of Auckland - Epsom campus
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Electricity workshop - Hamilton

Wed 8 May 2019, 12pm to 2:15pm
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
Chartwell Cooperating Church, Hamilton
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Electricity workshop - Mount

Mon 29 April 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
Arataki Community Centre
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NCEA as a pathway to tertiary studies - information session

Fri 29 March 2019 4pm to 6pm
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 to book a ticket - there is a $2 pp door charge to cover venue hire. Presenter: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
TrainMe/Vision college
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Geometric drawing techniques - East Tamaki

Fri 29 March 2019, 12:30pm to 2:30pm
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
TrainMe/Vision college
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NCEA as a pathway to tertiary studies - information session

Thur 21 March 2019, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
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 to book a ticket - there is a $2 pp door charge to cover venue hire. Presenter: Nathalie Thomas, MSc, dipT
St Andrews library community room
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Geometric drawing techniques - Hamilton

Thurs 21 March 2019, 12:30pm to 2:30pm
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
Chartwell Cooperating Church, Hamilton
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NCEA as a pathway to tertiary studies - info evening

Mon 11 March 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 entry - gold coin donation only.
Last Gasp cafe
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Geometric drawing techniques - Mount

Mon 11 March 2019, 10am to 12 noon
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
Arataki Community Centre