Our Science and Technology Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Science and technology careers are in high-demand and will no doubt stay that way for the foreseeable future. As a mom of girls, I want to encourage my daughters to pursue studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) if they have an interest. My oldest daughter (15) has been taking online courses in coding, scripting, and 3D design for the past year and she enjoys it very much.

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It’s hard for me to believe now that it was just a little over a year ago that we started checking out technology homeschool curriculum at Homeschool Buyers Co-Op. Since that time, my daughter has learned scripting, coding, and 3D game design to the point that she wants to do it for a career. She is planning her own entrepreneurial ventures, using video editing to make her own commercials, and will soon launch her own line of 3D games. It all began with these courses she took as technology electives.

Personally, I don’t know much about HTML or scripting and it all looks like a headache to me, but she has been able to learn from these quality resources and run with that knowledge. Her first spark of interest has turned into something much bigger now!

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op has an award-winning selection of science and technology products, including core science curriculum and supplements, coding and programming courses, hands-on experimentation, and more. I highly recommend checking out these resources that we’ve tried and loved.

Our Top Picks for Science and Technology Homeschool Curriculum

 

General Programming:

Youth Digital offers several courses in general programming and game design. My daughter has taken 3D Game Design I and has almost completed 3D Game Design II. We purchased both at a great discount through Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Youth Digital also offers coding courses (including Minecraft Mods) and 3D animation courses.

In addition to those two online courses from Youth Digital, she also learned coding from CodeMonkey. Kids from grades 3 through 12 can give Java-like scripting a try with this resource.

In CodeMonkey, your students will program an adorable monkey to get all its bananas back from the bad gorilla who stole them. As opposed to other beginning programming approaches that employ drag and drop block puzzles to teach programming concepts, CodeMonkey teaches real programming using a simple programming language called Coffescript. 

Using CoffeeScript, your students will write real software code to solve a sequence of carefully constructed puzzles. As they do so, they will develop 21st century skills such as multiple-step thinking, perseverance, critical thinking and analytical thinking skills. Additionally, they will learn advanced Computer Science concepts such as loops, variables, functions, conditions and more.

When the 250+ challenges have been completed, your students can then apply their newly acquired skills to create their own games for others to play, and thus becoming real world software developers!

STEM:

The Young Scientist Club collections are a great choice for elementary students. My two younger daughters love these games and activities for learning about STEM. They enjoy getting to bring some of their favorite Magic School Bus books to life through these science projects. I love seeing them get excited about science!

Each TYSC STEM Collection is bundled exclusively for Co-op members by The Young Scientist Club and includes three hands-on, engaging retail-boxed products.

The TYSC STEM Collection I includes:

  • The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab
  • The Magic School Bus Math Explosion Game
  • Sciology, a Game of Memory and Strategy

The TYSC STEM Collection II includes:

  • The Magic School Bus Slime and Polymer Lab
  • The Magic School Bus Science Explosion Game
  • Chemistry Blast

Get ready to design, build, solve problems, experiment, compute, and build critical thinking skills with the TYSC STEM Collections!

Science Textbooks:

Bright Ideas Press offers the Christian Kids Explore science series at a discount through Homeschool Buyers Co-op. We’ve gone through the Christian Kids Explore Biology book with plans to do Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space this year. Other books in the series include Creation Science, Chemistry, and Physics.

Online Science:

If your kids enjoy learning online, you could give Supercharged Science a try. We’ve done several units, including electricity and magnetism, with Supercharged Science. It’s suitable for grades K-12 and all three of my daughters have enjoyed the lessons.

Supercharged Science features include:

  • Step-by step video tutorials by an experienced science teacher (Aurora Lipper, a former NASA scientist and university science teacher).
  • An abundance of hands-on activities and experiments, with step-by-step video explanation
  • Text-book style reading materials to support the video curriculum
  • Homework, exercises, and quizzes to reinforce the lessons and help you track your student’s progress
  • Access to an experienced science teacher who can answer your student’s questions
  • Additional resources to help ensure your kids get the best science education possible

You can watch an introductory video and access a free sample of the science activities and experiments on the Homeschool Buyers Co-op site.

Homeschool Buyers Co-op

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op offers science and technology homeschool curriculum at a savings of up to 95%. They’re my number one source to look at when we’re planning a major homeschool purchase because the deals can make all the difference in our budget.

Which of these science and technology homeschool curriculum resources would you like to try?

~Sara

 

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Sara (282 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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