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Bring your home school students to the Aquarium! Each month, September through May, the Aquarium hosts engaging STEM-based programs for home school learners in grades K-8. These specially designed programs will challenge and excite your learners by peaking curiosity, building critical thinking skills and encouraging creativity and hands-on exploration. Class themes are adapted to meet the developmental needs of children at their specific K-8 learning levels.

Home School programs are offered in the morning (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and repeat in the afternoon (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.). Programs are conducted at the Aquarium’s SeaLab facility, a short distance from the main aquarium. Each class can accommodate up to 20 students and is offered to learners at the K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 grade levels.

We have two new discount options to offer Homeschool families –

Option One:  The Spring Block.  Sign up your child for the entire spring block ( Jan – May, all 5 classes) and you will receive a 10% discount! 

Option Two:  Sibling Discount.  Do you have more than one child attending?  Sign up two or more siblings during the same month and receive a 10% discount for each child!

For more information or registration, please call (361) 881-1234 or email homeschool@txstateaq.org *Discounts cannot be combined. 

Please note: We require paperwork for each student to ensure safety and confidence with parents and Aquarium Staff. This will include a student health card, photo release, waiver, and pick up permission slip.
 

Spring 2015

Dolphins: Clever Cetaceans!    |    January 20, 2016

What’s not to love about dolphins? They’re intelligent, acrobatic and inquisitive!  Students will become cetacean experts as they investigate, observe and discuss the many strategies dolphins use to survive in the ocean, such as cooperative hunting. Through hands-on activities students further investigate how dolphins use echolocation and sound to find their food and communicate with their pod. Aquarium experts will share the unique personalities, and behaviors, of our own dolphins and how they work to keep them happy and healthy! 

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $14.00 per student – $5.00 per parent

Plankton: Small, but Mighty!    |    February 17, 2016

Where does 50% of the planet’s oxygen come from?  What is the main fuel of the ocean’s food web?  PLANKTON!  Students will dive into this MOSTLY tiny world to investigate how plankton navigate the world’s vast ocean and contribute to the health of our planet. Microscopes and hand lenses will be the tools of the day as students observe and identify the zoo- and phytoplankton living in our local waters. As a final challenge, students will use their engineering and design abilities to build the “best” ocean-drifting plankton.

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $14.00 per student – $5.00 per parent

Classify it! Who is in your family?    |    March 23, 2016

Why do scientists classify animals into different groups and families?  Classification systems are frameworks, used by scientists, to help them describe and connect the vast diversity of organisms living on our blue planet. Through observation, discussion and negotiation students will classify and re-classify both familiar and unfamiliar objects and animals. Tools such as dichotomous keys, animal IDs and marine experts will assist students as they figure out “who’s in the family!”  Sixth and 8th grade students will go out on the Archimedes Boat in Corpus Christi Bay to conduct their classification observations and activities.

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $14.00 per student – $5.00 per parent

Fee: Archimedes Boat for the 6th-8th grade class is $25.00 per student – $25.00 per parent

Fish! Friends AND Food!     |     April 20, 2016

We catch fish in many ways- on rod and reel, in nets, and in traps.  But what if we catch too many? Or, we catch the wrong fish? Students will put themselves into the roles of fisherman and scientists to explore the strategies each use to sustain fish populations and earn a living. Through hands-on activities, students experience the benefits and challenges of common fishing practices, and make predictions about how to best use and adapt them to maintain healthy fish populations. Third and 5th grade students will go out on the Archimedes Boat in Corpus Christi Bay to observe/conduct fish tows and examine and document their catch.

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $14.00 per student – $5.00 per parent

Fee: Archimedes Boat for the 3rd-5th grade class is $25.00 per student – $25.00 per parent

Tentacles!    |     May 18, 2016

In the depths of the ocean, there are bizarre “alien” creatures with huge eyes and long tentacles waiting to grab unsuspecting prey.  Octopus, squid and cuttlefish, oh my!  Hands-on investigations, and dissections, allow students to study these “alien” creatures up-close, revealing the mysteries (and myths) about their color-changing skin, rocket-like propulsion and lack of bones.  Third through 8th grade students will conduct external and internal squid dissections. Kindergarten through 2nd grade will conduct an external squid investigation.

Time: Morning session – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Afternoon session – 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Fee: $14.00 per student – $5.00 per parent