Join us on the second Wednesday of each month starting in September 2017 for the Southern Museum’s Homeschool Workshop Series! Each workshop includes guided activities, tours, or demonstrations, plus a hands-on workshop. Learn new concepts and apply them by creating your own invention, art project, or machine!
Each workshop will focus on a different train-themed subject. Workshops will address these subjects through a multidisciplinary approach. This workshop series is S.T.E.A.M.-powered, and includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, plus a healthy dose of history! Check below for our semester schedule, and be sure to visit each workshop!
Day & Time: 2nd Wednesday of every month beginning in September
10:00am-1:00pm (drop in anytime!)
Guided tours or demonstrations are every half hour.
Admission: $5 for participants and accompanying adults
Free for Museum members!
Includes admission to the museum
Ages: Kindergarden-5th grade (ages 5-12)
Older and younger siblings are welcome to attend. Younger children will require assistance from an adult.
Spring 2018 Workshops
Feb 14, 2018: Magnet Trains
Explore attraction with us- magnetic attraction! Could a refrigerator magnet move a train? Some trains are powered by very strong magnets! Discover trains of the future at this workshop.
Students will explore a modern method of train propulsion, and will be able to make their own magnet train. This program will focus on physics and engineering.
March 14, 2018: Rail Towns
Discover how the wild, wild west grew and changed in this workshop! Build your railroad and discover how rail towns developed into large cities.
In this workshop, students will learn about westward expansion and urban development, and will discover how this process related to the railroad. This program will focus on civics, history, and urban planning.
April 11, 2018: Bend, Break, and Twist
Bend, Break, and Twist apart a railroad at this month’s workshop! Experiment with different forms of rail destruction and repair, and learn why railroads were often destroyed during the Civil War.
In this workshop, students will learn about different historical rail destruction techniques and will investigate their own processes of rail destruction. This program will focus on history and engineering.
May 9, 2018: Patterns to Parts
Do you know how locomotives were built? Stop by this workshop to explore a real locomotive factory, create a locomotive part through casting, and experiment with your own casting techniques!
In this workshop, students will learn about the foundry casting process, will use wax to cast an object, and will discover how this process relates to locomotive construction. This program will focus on engineering and design
Homeschool Workshop Series FAQ
Workshops are best suited for students in grades K-5 (or aged 5-12). We anticipate students having some basic reading skills and age-appropriate motor skills (including writing, cutting with scissors, and manipulating small objects). Our workshops are created with these skills and developmental levels in mind.
Older and younger students (outside the K-5th grade range) are welcome to attend, but may need assistance from adults. Younger siblings especially may need assistance from their parents with any building or inventing projects. We require parents to stay with their children for the entire visit, and invite them to participate in the workshop alongside their children!
Since this is a “drop in” program, you are welcome to arrive any time and leave when your family is finished. The program begins at 10am and ends at 1pm. We recommend at least an hour to fully complete the workshop. We require parents to stay with their children for the entire visit, and invite them to participate in the workshop alongside their children!
We require parents to stay with their children for the entire visit, and invite them to participate in the workshop alongside their children!
Nope! No reservations are required. You will check in at the admissions desk and pay your program fee at that time. Entrance to the program is $5 for participants and accompanying adults. Parents- please anticipate staying with your children for your entire visit.
Each workshop program will follow a similar structure, but the specific activities will vary with each theme. We will introduce the subject with a guided, hands-on activity led by a museum educator. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the subject on your own (and apply newly-learned techniques or skills) by creating your own project. We invite you to take your time with this project and make it special! You also will be able to attend a 20-minute guided tour or demonstration, led by an educator, at 10:30, 11:30, or 12:30.
The guided tours or demonstrations are 20-minute experiences led by an educator. These will vary from workshop to workshop. Sometimes we’ll lead a tour, look closely at an object from our collection, or do a really neat demonstration. All 3 demonstrations will be the same at each workshop.
Sure! The workshop fee includes admission to the museum for the full day.
No, we do not require homeschooling verification to participate.
Please do not consume food or drink in the museum. You are welcome to bring a lunch at eat across the street at Depot Park, or visit one of the downtown Kennesaw restaurants nearby.
Yes! A membership might be a good fit for your family if you plan to attend multiple workshops. See the Membership section of our website for more information.
Parts of some workshops may be outside. Check the program description- we’ll be sure to note this. If the weather is inclement, we will hold the workshop inside. Check our facebook page or website if you are unsure about a specific program.