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With the STEAM Academy homeschool science curriculum, you don’t have to become a scientist to teach your kids science.
Student-directed and self-paced learning
Video lessons plus creative, hands-on activities
Standards-aligned science curriculum
Experienced science teachers for video lessons
Homeschool science can be a challenge for many families due to costly and hard-to-find supplies or lessons centered on reading a textbook and answering questions. We put the fun back in science with engaging video lessons and hands-on activities targeted to students from ages 7 to 12.
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We’ve been teaching an in-person STEAM Academy for several years, and we are now offering these proven lessons as a homeschool curriculum. See what parents have to say about STEAM Academy’s science lessons.
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Step 1: Purchase curriculum
Includes video access, supplies list & detailed information to help you support your student and answer questions with confidence.
Step 2: Gather supplies
Our hands-on activities are budget-friendly and use supplies you may already have at home or can easily buy at a grocery or hardware store.
Step 3: Have fun with science
Self-paced and self-directed lessons help students build confidence in science while having fun with hands-on activities.
Say goodbye to frustrating science curriculums
As a homeschool parent, you may feel like you have to learn everything first and then teach your student when it comes to many science curriculums. Our STEAM Academy homeschool curriculum makes science fun for everyone through student-directed lessons and hands-on activities.
Get a FREE walk through geologic history lesson
Travel through the History of the Earth with our Audio Walking Tour, narrated by STEAM Academy instructors Heidi DuPuis and Casey Vreeken. This activity is a part of the Geology and the Fossil Record course in our STEAM Academy Homeschool Curriculum.
Choose the full one-year curriculum or individual units.
Each of our five units includes six lessons with two videos and at least one hands-on activity per lesson. You can buy individual units for $99 or save when you buy the full curriculum with all five units.
STEAM Academy – One-Year Curriculum
Includes all five STEAM Academy units to provide a full year of homeschool science instruction that includes both Life Science and Earth Science. Each of these five units includes six lessons:
- Ecosystems and Biomes
- Neuroscience and the Senses
- Biology and Life Cycles
- Geology and the Fossil Record
- Classifying Living Things
For a limited time, save $100 off the price of the full curriculum!
Ecosystems and Biomes Unit (6 Lessons)
Through video lessons and hands-on projects, students will explore the diversity of Earth’s ecosystems, learn about habitats, and discover how plants and animals help each other and the Earth.
- Ecosystems and Biodiversity
- Habitats and Biomes
- Ecological Relationships
- Food Webs
- Ocean Biomes
- Coastal Ecosystems
Neuroscience and the Senses Unit (6 Lessons)
This unit takes students on a journey to understanding more about how their brain works and how the nervous system operates to send signals throughout the body.
- The Brain & Nervous System
- Sense of Touch
- Sense of Smell
- Sense of Sight
- Sense of Hearing
- Sense of Taste
Biology and Life Cycles Unit (6 Lessons)
The Earth and the plants, animals, and organisms that inhabit it are constantly changing. Students will learn about life cycles and DNA and how our environment and living things adapt over time.
- Life Cycles
- Environmental Adaptations
- Predator/Prey Adaptations
- Changing Populations
Geology and the Fossil Record Unit (6 Lessons)
Take a journey through geologic time to learn how fossils and radiometric dating have helped geologists determine that planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old!
- Plate Tectonics
- Geologic Time
- Relative and Absolute Dating
Releases April 2021
Classifying Living Things Unit (6 Lessons)
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to living organisms. This biology unit introduces students to categories of life beyond plants and animals with engaging videos and hands-on activities.
- How Biologists Classify Things
- Bacteria and Tardigrades
- Insect Life
Available May 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the STEAM Academy homeschool curriculum?
STEAM Academy is a hands-on, project-based science curriculum designed for homeschool students. Our STEAM-focused curriculum encourages creativity and creative problem-solving through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This approach helps develop lifelong learners who think critically as they continue to explore the world around them.
Why is STEAM Academy right for my family?
Science education is an important part of homeschool education, but it can be intimidating for many families. Unengaging textbooks, costly science kits, hard-to-find supplies, and a lack of confidence with science concepts can make teaching science at home difficult. STEAM Academy is designed to make science fun for everyone!
How is STEAM Academy different?
Too often science education includes a lot of reading passages and answering questions, which isn’t much fun for homeschool students. With STEAM Academy, we aim to put the fun back in science learning. In each lesson, professional teachers present standards-aligned science concepts in an engaging video format, and every lesson includes at least one hands-on project and a variety of activities for students to explore.
Student-centered learning means lessons are directed at students, not parents, so you don’t need to be the expert. We provide background information for each lesson so you can confidently answer any questions. Supplies are budget-friendly and easy to source, including many common items that you may already have at home. Each lesson requires only minimal preparation of supplies in advance, which allows your student to learn more independently.
With STEAM Academy you can be confident your students will enjoy learning and build a strong foundation in science.
How was the STEAM Academy curriculum developed?
STEAM Academy homeschool curriculum was developed at STEAMboat Studio in Maple Valley, Washington, by professional science teachers – the same experienced educators who teach our in-person and remote learning STEAM Academy programs. Each lesson and project in the video curriculum has been tested by students and families in our programs, in both small-group and remote learning environments, with kids ranging in age from 4 to 14. STEAM Academy is aligned to national science standards and follows an inquiry-based 5E approach that reflects best practices in science education.
How is the curriculum presented?
Each of the five STEAM Academy units is focused on a single topic and has six lessons that build on each other to expand each student’s understanding of the topic. In each lesson, professional science teachers give directions for activities and explain science concepts to students in two engaging videos. Students work through each lesson at their own pace, which allows students to be in control of their own learning. Complete background information provided with each lesson helps parents support students and confidently answer questions, and printable exit tickets help evaluate student understanding.
How are the lessons structured?
STEAM Academy homeschool curriculum is built on an inquiry-based model. In each lesson students investigate a topic first before they are given the explanations to reinforce their learning. Every lesson includes at least one hands-on project and a variety of activities for students to explore. This format promotes active learning and a deeper understanding of concepts.
What age group is STEAM Academy homeschool curriculum for?
Our homeschool curriculum is best suited to children ages 7 to 12, and different ages can learn with STEAM Academy at the same time as lessons and projects are easily tailored to different age groups. Older students will be able to work almost entirely independently, while younger students might need more support from an adult.
What materials will I need to buy?
Projects and activities can be done with easily accessible materials you can find around your home or at grocery and hardware stores. No more costly kits or obscure materials to hunt down locally or online! A list of materials is provided for each lesson, with a master list provided for each of the five units in the curriculum.