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.

Family tests underwater robotAn Ocean of Engineering

Spring Home School Day

Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come explore the use of engineering in the ocean.  Desing, build, and test your own creations.  See below for program descriptions.

For this program students are divided by grade levels, PK-1st, 2-4th, 5-7th, and 8-12th, $30 per student.  Pre-registration is required and will begin Monday, January 8, 2018.  PK-1st grade students need to be accompanied by an adult the entire program.

*Our payment site shuts down on a monthly basis for updates.  It will be unavailable Wednesday, January 17, Wednesday, February 21 and Wednesday, March 21.  If you register on these dates just select the "Mail a Check" payment option.  You can then either mail a check or login another day to pay by credit card.

*NOTICE: The online credit card system will be unavailable Janauary 17, February 21, and March 21 for monthly maintenance.

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Program Descriptions

PK-1st Grades

2-4th Grades
5-7th Grades
8-12th Grades

Float a Boat - Investigate design and density as we create vessels that not only float but also can carry cargo.  Can your boat withstand oceanic waves?  Test it in our wave tank to find out!

Coding in Motion – Do you speak computer?  Students will learn how computers talk and get to be the programmer as we play If/Then, an engaging computer version of Simon-Says.  Then make a bracelet of your initials in computer talk!

ROV Design Challenge - In this hands-on program, students are introduced to Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and challenged to work in teams to design mini-ROVs that will be used to complete a mission. This engaging class promotes teamwork and critical thinking skills. This program is partially outdoors - rain gear recommended!

(This program is 2 hours)

 

Waste Not, Want Not - Learn about the issue of bycatch in fisheries, and how engineers are working to solve it.  Try designing your own excluder device to target only one fish species, while letting the rest go.

Build a Buoy - Learn about how researchers use buoys to deploy scientific equipment then work in small groups to create a buoy that will float and carry a payload.

Light Up the Dark – How do boats know where to go in the dark and fog?  Students will make their own lighthouses that actually light up using paper circuits.  Then they will have to navigate safely to the correct harbor using the lighthouses.

  

ROV Design Challenge - In this hands-on program, students are introduced to Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and challenged to work in teams to design mini-ROVs that will be used to complete a mission. This engaging class promotes teamwork and critical thinking skills. This program is partially outdoors - rain gear recommended

(This program is 2 hours)

Coding in Motion – Do you speak computer?  Students will learn how computers talk and get to be the programmer as we play If/Then, an engaging computer version of Simon-Says.  Then make a bracelet of your initials in computer talk!

Build a Buoy - Learn about how researchers use buoys to deploy scientific equipment then work in small groups to create a buoy that will float and carry a payload.

Light Up the Dark – How do boats know where to go in the dark and fog?  Students will make their own lighthouses that actually light up using paper circuits.  Then they will have to navigate safely to the correct harbor using the lighthouses.

 

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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