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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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Past Events

  • Between Friday 9 April 2021 and Friday 30 July 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 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
  • Between Monday 3 May 2021 and Wednesday 30 June 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
  • Between Monday 3 May 2021 and Saturday 10 July 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
  • Between Monday 3 May 2021 and Saturday 10 July 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
  • Between Monday 3 May 2021 and Saturday 10 July 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
  • Between Monday 3 May 2021 and Saturday 10 July 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
  • Between Monday 3 May 2021 and Saturday 10 July 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
  • Between Monday 3 May 2021 and Thursday 15 July 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
  • Between Monday 3 May 2021 and Thursday 15 July 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
  • 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
  • Between Thursday 13 May 2021 and Thursday 29 July 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.
  • Between Saturday 15 May 2021 and Sunday 18 July 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
  • Thursday 20 May 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
  • Tuesday 1 June 2021
    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
  • 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
  • Thursday 3 June 2021
    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
  • Between Friday 4 June 2021 and Saturday 5 June 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
  • Between Tuesday 8 June 2021 and Thursday 10 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
  • Monday 14 June 2021
    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