Live Online Classes for Students 

All registrants of live online classes must agree to Homewood Science Center's Waiver for Online Program Participation.

Prior to the start of class, our instructor will call parents to explain class objectives and expectations. You will receive an emailed link to join the Google Hangout Meet sessions after talking with the instructor.

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Summer of Code: Web Wizards / Ages 6-9 / 10am-10:40am / $100 per student 

Summer of Code: Cool Coders / Ages 10-14 / 11am-11:40am /$100 per student 

Tuesdays & Thursdays

June 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 

July 2, 7, 9, 14

7 students min. / 15 students max.

Teacher: Malessa Losendahl

Students need a laptop or tablet.

Courses include online curriculum and hands-on activities in computer science. Aligned with common core and 21st century standards, students will use to learn the basics of computer programming using Blockly, a visual programming language. Blockly provides students with an engaging introduction into text based programming while using familiar contexts such as Angry Birds, Minecraft, Frozen, and Star Wars. For beginners and beyond!  


Digital Fix / Ages 10-14 / $100 per student

June 15, 16, 17, 18 / June 22, 23, 24, 25  

Hangout & test your tech at 9:50am, class is from 10am-11am
Teacher: Mary Baker
Laptop required.


Week 1: BUILD AN APP Teams will develop an original mobile app idea that can help solve a problem and develop a prototype with MIT App Inventor.

Week 2: MOVIE SCENES Students will collaborate to bring visual stories to life. Throughout the design phases production, we’ll cover techniques to produce visual content using green screen technology or stop-motion animation. 


Students will present their projects at the conclusion of the course.

Girls STEAM Ahead Summer Success / Ages 12-16 / $80

July 20, 21, 22, 23 / 1pm-2:30pm 12 students min./ 20 students max.

Teacher: Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston

Students need a laptop or tablet.


Set yourself up for a successful future in STEAM! You’ll work in teams to think creatively, go hands-on with scientific challenges, play games, and explore pathways in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Led by Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston, co- author of Understanding Teenage Girls: Culture, Identity and Schooling, students will also set a SMART goal to crush over their summer break. You’ll pick-up a kit from Homewood Science Center on Monday July 13 that includes a design journal, handouts, and materials needed for Girls STEAM Ahead Summer Success.

EC STEM / Ages 5-8 / $80 per student

August 3, 4, 5, 6 / 10am-11am

8 students min. / 15 students max.

Teachers: Tikia Cross & Kim Brunson

Students need a laptop or tablet.


Splash into STEM this summer with a camp designed for young elementary learners. Students will take an in-depth look at STEM topics as we expand on our PopUp SCIENCE @Home lessons with our EC STEM superstars, Ms. Tikia and Ms. Kim! We’ve partnered daily vocabulary, math challenges, videos, and more with our PopUpSCIENCE @Home activities. Kids will get a kit with 4 activities, a science journal, and a bonus Froggy book! Kids will be challenged to daily field work investigations to complete after class. 

Augmented Reality: Northern Lights / Ages 8-11 / $100 per student

August 3, 4, 5, 6 / 10am-11:30am

12 students min. / 20 students max.

Teacher: Amanda Thompson, CEO Explore Interactive

Students need a laptop or tablet.


Led by a team from INSPIRE, kids will learn the principles of circuits and engineering design through working with an engaging and cutting edge augmented reality platform to solve fix-it and design challenges. The students will collaborate together, interact with augmented reality, and "Light up the Night" by designing a light display! INSPIRE is a research institute in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University that studies engineering thinking and learning to engage all pre-college learners and impact educational systems.

Film Screenings & Film Festivals


Free Virtual Screening and Film Discussion

At-Home Screening Link available starting June 4 

Online Film Discussion June 8 @6pm

Homewood Science Center is celebrating World Ocean Day by hosting a free virtual screening and discussion of THE STORY OF PLASTIC. This virtual screening is open to the first 25 households to complete our online registration. 


We will email you a screening link to THE STORY OF PLASTIC the morning of Thursday June 4th to watch at your leisure prior to our film discussion on World Ocean Day, Monday June 8th at 6pm. You will also receive a link to our Virtual Film Discussion happening Monday June 8th at 6pm. 


For more information, please email

THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.

JUNE 2020


Categories: Grades 5-8 / Grades 9-12 / Ages 18+


Moonshot Film Festival challenges young filmmakers to create a film within a two week time frame using Challenge Criteria.  Created in 2019 by Homewood-Flossmoor High School student, Jake Goldberg, the Moonshot Film Festival is in support of Homewood Science Center's mission, and hopes to promote STEAM in the south suburbs. 

Due to our social distancing guidelines, Moonshot Film Festival will be presented virtually. While we cannot be together in-person for the kick-off or awards presentation, we will use filmmaking to connect participants throughout the Moonshot Film Festival. 


  • Challenge Criteria will be released on JUNE 5 at 12pm on the Moonshot Film Festival YouTube channel.

  • Film submissions will be accepted between JUNE 5 - JUNE 19. 

  • Submitted films will be shared for viewing on the Moonshot Film Festival YouTube channel between JUNE 20 - JUNE 23.

  • There will be an awards show streamed on the Moonshot Film Festival YouTube channel on JUNE 23 at 7pm.


  • Filmmakers are required to register online for $5 before JUNE 19

  • Submitted films must include all aspects of the Challenge Criteria, which will be released on JUNE 5 on the Moonshot Film Festival YouTube Channel.

  • To submit your film, post your film on YouTube and send the YouTube link to

  • By submitting your work you are giving permission for the Moonshot Film Festival and Homewood Science Center to showcase your work at the festival and for promotional purposes.

  • Additionally, Moonshot Film Festival and Homewood Science Center are held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

FREE Recorded Courses 

Virtual PopUp SCIENCE

Explore Science: Earth & Space


Homewood Science Center was specially selected to receive an Explore Science: Earth & Space kit from NISE. 

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. While we are unable to share this hands-on exploration with you in-person at the moment, we are sharing it with your virtually!

Follow us on Facebook to tune into our Premieres of Virtual PopUp SCIENCE.

FREE Virtual Family Yoga

with Serendipity Yoga

Facebook Premiere New Episodes

Saturdays in May 1pm 

Sponsored by Homewood Science Center

Breathe. Stretch. Play. Relax. Explore!

Yoga and breath are powerful tools to add to your family's routine. Families will learn the science of mindfulness while practicing yoga together. This all-ages class combines fun science themes and family movement. Weekly themes include: Bug's Life, Day at the Beach, Under the Sea, Superheroes & Fairy Tales, and more!

Tune into our Facebook Premieres or enjoy recorded episodes at your leisure!

Homewood Science Center proudly partnered with The Cancer Support Center in creating art exploration and appreciation lessons for K-5th grade students using materials that you can find at home. 

During this stay-at-home period, we hope to offer support to parents with our Parent Q & A video. In this 30 minute discussion, Kin Kong, Ph.D. shares simple parenting strategies for establishing healthy routines in response to the pandemic. 


Dr. Kong is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families, an associate professor at Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has led Homewood Science Center's Kids' Committee since 2016.

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Moonshot Film Fest 2019