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Believe In Your Child Foundation – Home Learner Science Workshops

http://www.believeinyourchild.org/home-learners

We are pleased to present five new science workshops for home learners based on the new BC curriculum. The workshops will be taught in a storefront studio at Believe In Your Child (corner of Boundary and Hastings). In the workshops, the main focus will be hands-on activities, experiments, games, and simulations. We will occasionally draw diagrams and record observations or data. The instructor is a BC-certified teacher, a veteran of Science World and has 27 years of experience doing science workshops and shows.

Some notes about the workshops:

  1. Registration and payment are online at BIYC’s website

  2. Workshops with less than five students may be cancelled.

  3. We have kept the price as low as possible - $8 per contact hour for the Winter and Spring terms.


The States of Matter (primary)


Ages: grades 1-3

Schedule: Mondays

Time: 9:30-11:30 AM

Instructor: Glenn Kachmar

 

(Winter) February 6 – March 6 *

Total 4 sessions - $65 for registered participants

(*no class on Feb. 13 due to Family Day)


(Spring) March 27 - April 10 

Total 3 sessions - $50 for registered participants                                  

Synopsis: Children are fascinated by solids, liquids and gases. Finding out they can cause different materials to change states is even more exciting. In this series they will do hands-on activities, science demos and experiments to learn these concepts from the new BC science curriculum’s core competencies:

Matter is useful because of its properties.

Materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes

All matter is made of particles.

The final session will include amazing activities and experiments with dry ice.


Matter and Solutions (intermediate)


Ages: grades 4-5

Schedule: Tuesdays

Time: 9:30-11:30 AM

Instructor: Glenn Kachmar

 

(Winter) January 31 – March 7

Total 6 sessions - $100 for registered participants

 

(Spring) March 28 - April 25 

Total 5 sessions - $80 for registered participants

Synopsis: This series of science lessons will be a more in-depth look at the states of matter as well as teaching about the nature of solutions. The students will do hands-on activities, science demos and experiments to learn these concepts from the new BC science curriculum’s core competencies:

Matter has mass, takes up space, and can change phase.

Solutions are homogeneous.

Students will have a chance to suggest and test their own experiments. The series will conclude with hands-on phase change experimentation with dry ice.


Living Things (primary)


Ages: grades 1-3

Schedule: Wednesdays

Time: 9:30-11:30 AM

Instructor: Glenn Kachmar


(Winter) February 1 - March 8

Total 6 sessions - $100 for registered participants

 

(Spring) March 29 - April 26

Total 5 sessions - $80 for registered participants

Synopsis: Even though children are surrounded by animals, they often do not know very much about them, especially animals that are not mammals. The participants will play games, do simulations, and try hands-on activities to learn these concepts about living things from the new BC science curriculum’s core competencies:

Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in the environment.

Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.

Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.

The series will conclude with a field trip to the Vancouver Aquarium (hours will be extended on that date).

*Please note: The session may be cancelled if we register less than 5 students



Physics (primary)


Ages: grades 1-3

Schedule: Thursdays

Time: 9:30-11:30 AM

Instructor: Glenn Kachmar

 

(Winter) February 2 - March 9

Total 6 sessions - $100 for registered participants

 

(Spring) March 30 - April 27 

Total 5 sessions - $80 for registered participants


Synopsis: The children will be transformed into young physicists to learn about these new topics in the curriculum. They will do hands-on activities, science demos and experiments to learn these concepts from the new BC science curriculum’s core competencies:

Light and sound can be produced and their properties can be changed.

Forces influence the motion of an object.

Thermal energy can be produced and transferred.

The series will conclude with an exciting celebration of light and sound as well as some fun challenges related to forces.


Energy and Simple Machines (intermediate)


Ages: grades 4-5

Schedule: Fridays

Time: 9:30-11:30 AM

Instructor: Glenn Kachmar

 

(Winter) February 3 - March 10 *

Total 4 sessions - $70 for registered participants

(*no classes on February 17 and 24 due to Pro-D days)


(Spring) March 31 - April 28 *

Total 4 sessions - $70 for registered participants                                

(*no class on Apr. 14 due to Good Friday)


Synopsis: This series will be an in-depth look at energy and involve both building and testing simple machines. We will build a portable nuclear device. We will learn about various forms of energy. The lessons will include hands-on activities, science demos and experiments to learn these concepts from the new BC science curriculum’s core competencies:

Energy can be transformed.

Machines are devices that transfer force and energy.

Students will have a chance to suggest and test their own experiments. The series will conclude with a field trip to Science World (hours will be extended on that date).


Open House

Please come to our Open House! It will be on January 21st from 1:00 – 3:00. There will be a bubble science show, fun activities, robotics kits to try and more. Find out more about our home learner programs and discuss future ideas with us.

The address of the centre is 201-3701 Hastings Street (at the corner of Boundary Road and Hastings). Please email Glenn (glenn@believeinyourchild.org) to RSVP.


Future Programs at BIYC

If families sign up for our science workshops and sufficient interest is generated in our workshops for Home Learners, we intend to expand our offerings to including computer coding and robotics workshops. As our organization runs STEAM programs for several different audiences, we have the computer equipment and robotics kits already. We would love to hear from you if you are interested. Please contact Glenn at glenn@believeinyourchild.org if you would like to know more or suggest future programs.

We are also considering creating a technology-focused makerspace for families and home learners would be an ideal audience for an exciting program like this.