Homeschool Days Workshops

Homeschool Days are in-person workshops that explore art and science concepts in depth through hands-on activities.

Pre-registration is encouraged as seats are limited.

Registration opens September 10,2024

Workshop Times

Primary Level (Ages 6-11)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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

Pricing

$20 per participant ($15 for IMAS Members)

October 16

Engineering & Physics

Primary: Create a pulley system and lean about simple machines and their importance. Experiment with materials and tinker with wheels and axels in this engineering challenge.

Secondary: Learn about Newton’s laws of Motion as you design and engineer your own Newton’s Cradle and learn more about the conservation of energy through this engineering challenge.

November 13

Figurative Clay Sculptures

Primary: Take a guided tour of Ella, a modern sculpture exhibition and learn about the Bronze Casting process as you get your creative juices flowing and you create your own clay sculptures

Secondary: Take a guided tour of Ella, a modern sculpture exhibition and learn about the Bronze Casting process as you get your creative juices flowing and you create your own clay sculptures

December 11

Paleontology

Primary: Dig into Paleontology at IMAs as you take a tour of Dinosaurs Among Us and learn more about these prehistoric creatures and their relationship to birds and reptiles.

Secondary: Dig into Paleontology at IMAs as you take a tour of Dinosaurs Among Us and learn more about these prehistoric creatures and their relationship to birds and reptiles.

January 9

Earthworm Ecology

Primary: Wiggle into the world of Annelids was we learn about Earthworms and their many adaptations. Get a close look at live earthworms at IMAS and discover their place in the food web and their role as decomposers.

Secondary: Squirm with worms in this homeschool workshop. Students will learn about the anatomy of an earthworm and their many adaptations in this guided dissection led by an IMAS educator.

February 12

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 scientific experiment and conduct a mini science experiments. This workshop will go over the upcoming Homeschool Science Fair.

International Museum of Art & Science IMAS

Homeschool Science Fair

May 9, 2025

Homeschool Science Fair

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 9, 2025. Homeschoolers will be judged based on creativity, use of scientific process, and verbal presentation during judging.

Entry opens in March, 2025. More information will be provided at the February workshop.


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

Stay Informed!

Receive news and information about exhibits, education programs and updates.