Homeschool Education

In our commitment to homeschool education, we offer several opportunities that are designed to give your students and engaging hands-on, real-world exploration and experiences.

STEM Club

Does your child have an interest in robots, enjoy building and tinkering, or is a LEGO fanatic? Then the CMV STEM Club is for them! The goal is to increase critical thinking skills of each participant through hands-on projects and challenges.

Smorgasboard Saturdays

Is your pre-schooler ready for a science and art class? We’ll explore science and art in this one-hour session, so dress for a mess! Be prepared for fizz or paint, slime or clay – a new topic for each class. Classes are held the third Saturday of the month, January to April.

SmartART!

Spark imagination, creativity and a lifelong connection with art in SmartArt! This program will provide and introduction to art history while exploring the world, one artist at a time. Students will create their own masterpieces after examining an artist, their style and their materials.

STEM Club

Winter & Spring 2018

Does your child have an interest in robots, enjoy building and tinkering, or is a LEGO fanatic? Then the CMV STEM Club is for them! The CMV STEM Club is for participants ages 6 – 12 and all ability levels. The goal is to increase critical thinking skills of each participant through hands-on projects and challenges. Students work in teams to explore and solve real – world and hypothetical challengers.

What:
STEM Club at the Children’s Museum of VA
6 – 8 Year Old Sessions 9 – 12 Year Old Sessions

When:
3rd Saturday (6 – 8 year olds) from 9:30 – 11 am 4th Saturday (9 – 12 year olds) from 9:30 am – 12 pm

Sessions for 6 – 8 year olds:
9:30 – 11 am January 20th February 17th March 17th April 21st

Sessions for 9 – 12 year olds:
9:30 am – 12 pm January 27th February 24th March 24th April 28th.

Cost:
Museums Members: $15.00 (6 – 8 year olds) $54* (per session) $25.00 (9 – 12 year olds) $90*
Non – Members: $20.00 (6 – 8 year olds) $72* $30.00 (9 – 12 year olds) $108*

*Sign – up for all four sessions and receive a 10% discount!
*Limit of 15 participants per session

STEM CLUB at the CHILDREN'S MUSEUM of VIRGINIA

STEM CLUB for 6-8 YEAR OLDS

We offer a discount for registering for all four sessions at one time. Members $54.00, Non-Members $72.00. For more information, visit our registration page.

January 20th – How do you Robot?

Start learning and loving robots with Ozobot Bit. Ozobots are not only fun but educational as participants are introduced to the basic steps of coding and programming. Participants learn how Ozobot senses its environment and moves in it. Explore and discover how to give commands to Ozobots via OzoCodes, which is the color code language that Ozobot understands. Participants also learn how to control Ozobot with directional OzoCode commands. Lastly, math – based concepts are taught through mazes and design challenges.

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littleBits Circuits

February 17th – littleBits Simple Circuits

Spark your imagination and invent anything with littleBits. littleBits are easy-to-use, electronic building blocks that light – up, buzz and even vibrate! They are color-coded, magnetic and reusable. Learn the basics of electronics, explore STEAM/STEM principles, form the foundations of critical thinking, and just have fun!

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March 17th – Engineering Fun with LEGOS

Are you a LEGO fanatic? Join the CMV STEM Club for a day of building projects such as bridges, skyscrapers, and motorized cars! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment with thousands of LEGO®!

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April 21st – 3Doodler Printing Pen3DoodlerStart4

Ever wanted to bring an imaginative idea to life in 3D? The 3Doodler Start is a 3D printing pen that inspires creativity, design, planning, building and spatial understanding. The 3D printed creations are not hot to touch and completely safe to use. This 3D printing pen melts plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing participants to literally draw in the air!

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STEM CLUB for 9-12 YEAR OLDS

We offer a discount for registering for all four sessions at one time. Members $54.00, Non-Members $72.00. For more information, visit our registration page.

January 27th – How do you Robot?

Start learning and loving robots with Ozobot Bit. Ozobots are not only fun but educational as participants are introduced to the basic steps of coding and programming. Participants learn how Ozobot senses its environment and moves in it. Explore and discover how to give commands to Ozobots via OzoCodes, which is the color code language that Ozobot understands. Participants also learn how to control Ozobot with directional OzoCode commands. Lastly, math – based concepts are taught through mazes and design challenges.

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STEM-lego

February 24th – LEGO Engineering Challenge

Consider yourself a LEGO Maniac? Power up your engineering skills with thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as bridges, skyscrapers, and motorized vehicles! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

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March 24th – 3Doodler Printing Pen

Ever wanted to bring an imaginative idea to life in 3D? The 3Doodler Start is a 3D printing pen that inspires creativity, design, planning, building and spatial understanding. The 3D printed creations are not hot to touch and completely safe to use. This 3D printing pen melts plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing participants to literally draw in the air!

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April 28th – Modular Cube Robots

Build and experiment with robotics in a new way. The MOSS robot construction system allows you to design and build robots that snap together without the need for programming or wires. Steel spheres are used to connect blocks and build simple circuits that determine how your robot will behave.

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Smorgasboard
Saturdays

Is your pre-schooler ready for a science and art class? We’ll explore science and art in this one-hour session, so dress for a mess! Be prepared for fizz or paint, slime or clay – a new topic for each class. Classes are held the third Saturday of the month, January to April. This class is free for members and the $7 fee for non-members includes museum admission for the day.

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SmartART!

Classes for homeschoolers ages 6-11 years
Wednesdays, 2-4 pm

Spark imagination, creativity and a lifelong connection with art in SmartArt! This program will provide and introduction to art history while exploring the world, one artist at a time.  Students will create their own masterpieces after examining an artist, their style and their materials. Each class will conclude with a trip to the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center to make connections with the art from their environment.  Students may sign up for individual classes or receive a discount for registering for all six classes.

DISCOUNT FOR ALL SESSIONS

Sign up for all 6 sessions and receive a 10% discount on each class!

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