There are many ways for homeschooling families to learn at the HSMC Visitor Center. You can explore the Visitor Center's exhibits on your own, attend one of our public programs, arrange a private class for your homeschool group and/or attend our Homeschool Day events held in the fall and spring.

Large wave crashes onto shore.OCEAN IN MOTION Spring Home School Day

Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come explore the movement of the ocean. Students will learn about waves, tides, currents, earthquakes and more! After the grade-specific programs, join us for an estuary walk or craft activity. Want more? Go on the brand-new Tsunami Quest with your family after the event is over. Copies will be available in the Visitor Center.

For this event, students will be grouped by grade level. Pre-K through 1st-grade students must be accompanied by an adult throughout the program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration opened Monday, January 9, 2017. $30 per student (sorry, no refunds).

The 5-7th Grade Level is full. You may register to be added to a waiting list.

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Program Descriptions

Pre-K through 1st

2nd-4th 5th-7th - FULL
8th-12th 

Make a Wave – How does water move? What makes waves? Discover through hands-on experiments how water moves and what causes waves in the ocean.

Rock and Roll – How much pressure can your earthquake hold? What is liquefaction? Students will design and run experiments as they discover how an earthquake impacts the land around us.

Ocean Conveyor Belt – What makes the ocean go round?  Conduct experiments to see how temperature and salinity affect density and help water move from the ocean’s surface and into the deep sea. Students will learn about the one world ocean we share, forces responsible for ocean currents, and global impacts.

Estuary Chemistry – Explore the estuary at high tide. Students will take water samples and test for water-quality measures such as salinity, dissolved oxygen and more. We will explore the fresh and saltwater influences on the estuary and how they interact within the water column.

Slinkys & Seismographs – Students will learn about the three ways earthquakes move through the earth, using Slinkys! This fun toy perfectly demonstrates how earthquakes really move. Then students will make a seismograph to show one way earthquakes are measured.

High and Low – Tides greatly influence the Oregon coast and its inhabitants. In this hands-on activity, students will learn about how the tides work, and then interact with invertebrates from the intertidal zone to determine how the changes in tides affect them.

Rock and Roll – How much pressure can your earthquake hold? What is liquefaction? Students will design and run experiments as they discover how an earthquake impacts the land around us.

Ocean Conveyor Belt – What makes the ocean go round? Conduct experiments to see how temperature and salinity affect density and help water move from the ocean’s surface and into the deep sea. Students will learn about the one world ocean we share, forces responsible for ocean currents, and global impacts.

High and Low – Tides greatly influence the Oregon coast and its inhabitants. In this hands-on activity, students will learn about how the tides work, and then interact with invertebrates from the intertidal zone to determine how the changes in tides affect them.

Slinkys & Seismographs – Students will learn about the three ways earthquakes move through the earth, using Slinkys! This fun toy perfectly demonstrates how earthquakes really move. Then students will make a seismograph to show one way earthquakes are measured.

Wave Energy – Learn about wave energy, then work in small groups to create wave-energy devices and test them in wave tanks. What factors affect the amount of energy produced? Find out in this hands-on program.

Engineering Solutions – Students will work in small groups to build a tsunami-proof structure. Groups will be given a budget and building blocks that represent different building materials.  Each team will engineer a unique structure to test the building's tsunami resistance in the Visitor Center wave tanks.

 

Parent Feedback about Homeschool Day:

"As always the teachers are stellar, the experiments are fresh and new, and the curriculum appeals to all our family in different ways . . . Thank you for a high quality experience. We will be back again for sure!"

"The teachers were knowledgeable, organized, focused and made the learning fun. It was and excellent day! I would definitely recommend this to other home school families!"


For information and answers to your questions, contact:

Kathryn Hawes
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365
541-867-0233
SeaGrantMarineEd@oregonstate.edu

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