Homeschool Days at IMAS
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Homeschool Science Fair

A participant describes their science project on dissolving colored candy in different liquids.

Science Fair Prep Session

Homeschool students and guardians are invited to drop in to receive guidance on their project and or use provided art supplies to help decorate their presentation board.

Free Admission

Friday, March 15, 2024

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 2024

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Homeschool Science Fair

Friday, May 10, 2024

Judging
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Reception & Awards (light refreshments provided)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

RGV Homeschoolers from elementary to high school levels are invited to showcase their science skills at the fourth annual IMAS science fair on Friday, May 10, 2024. Homeschoolers will be judged based on creativity, use of scientific process, and verbal presentation during judging. Download the Homeschool Science Fair Form.

Forms are due March 31, 2024.

Criteria

Kindergarten

Below is the break down of how to create a science fair board for Kinder level.

This level is focused on collecting and showcasing natural science objects. Examples include shells, leaves, and rocks. Kinder level is not judged for placing, but a presentation to the judges is encouraged to practice verbal skills

  1. Collects items.
  2. Takes notes about the items and where they were found
  3. Make drawings of items.
  4. Display or arrange items in a way that makes sense.
  5. Are there any questions that the student found answers to regarding the items?

1st Grade – 12th Grade

Below is the break down of points for the four criteria you will be scored on.

  1. Use of scientific method/inquiry, 25 points
    This includes a research question, hypothesis, a list of materials and sources, a thorough procedure, data and results, and a conclusion. A scientific project has at least one variable and control.
  2. Completion of project by you (the student), 10 points
    Be prepared for the judges to ask you questions about why you selected this project and your observations during the experiment. They want to know the purpose behind your project and ensure you completed the majority of the work. Though, adult supervision during experiments is encouraged.
  3. Creativity, 10 points
    The project used materials and sources in an interesting manner, and effort was made to add personality and think ” outside of the box.” In addition, your board is visually appealing.
  4. Presentation to judges, 5 points
    A strong verbal explanation of project and clear display of project on board with all elements of method.

TOTAL SCORE: 50 points

Homeschool Days Workshops

Homeschool Days are in-person workshops that explore art and science concepts in depth through hands-on activities with an IMAS Educator.
Pre-registration is encouraged as seats are limited.

$12 per Participant | $6 IMAS Members

Workshop Times

Primary Level (ages 6-10): 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Secondary Level (ages 11-14): 3:15-4:30 p.m.

October 12, 2023
Space Exploration

Primary: Explore our Milky Way Galaxy in the Starlab Planetarium and create a galaxy painting filled with gas, dust, and stars!

Secondary: Travel into deep space and look at the stars like never before in our StarLab Planetarium. Create a set of star cards and learn more about how stars are categorized!

November 8, 2023
Mesoamerican Art History

Primary: Take a tour of the Mexican and Latin American Folk-Art exhibit and get a closer look at Mesoamerican replicas. Participants will create their own bouncy ball and learn more about the Mesoamerican Ball Game that the Olmec civilization played.

Secondary: Take a tour of the Mexican and Latin American Folk-Art exhibit and get a closer look at Mesoamerican replicas as we learn about and create our own Mayan calendar through printmaking.

December 6, 2023
Coding Basics

Primary: Discover the basics to coding as you learn about sequences, and if/then commands. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop as they learn about block coding. Laptops provided will be shared.

Secondary: Learn more about computer science as you code your way through a maze! Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop, laptops provided will be shared.

January 3, 2024
Art History: Landscape Art

Primary: Explore different styles of landscape art as you take a guided tour of Natural Expressions: Collected Landscapes from the IMAS Vault. Participants will create their own landscape painting as they create perspective through foreground, middle ground, and background.

Secondary: Explore different styles of landscape art as you take a guided tour of Natural Expressions: Collected Landscapes from the IMAS Vault. Participants will create their own landscape painting as they create perspective through foreground, middle ground, and backgrounds.

February 1, 2024
Scientific Process

Primary: Discover the scientific process, learn about lab safety, and conduct a mini experiment. This workshop will go over the upcoming Homeschool Science Fair.

Secondary: Discover what it takes to design a science experiment and conduct mini science experiments. This workshop will go over the upcoming Homeschool Science Fair.

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