Upcoming events

    • September 14, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Voyagers

    Voyagers Mock Trial Team, with the help of a teacher-coach and a volunteer attorney-coach, will study civil and criminal law, rules of evidence, and courtroom trial procedures, as part of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Mock Trial Program. Participants will read material from actual case decisions and statutes; will learn to help prepare the entire case for both the prosecution and the defense; and will assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses in competitions against other teams.

    During the first few weeks, we will cover the basics of the court system and trial procedures plus opportunities to hone presentation skills. The case materials for the competition will likely be available in early November. 

    This is a high-school level program open to homeschoolers who wish to participate and are able to handle the material. All team members will contribute during meetings and rehearsals to help prepare the case for trial. However, not all members may be assigned roles on the competitive team. Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial rules permit only high school students, or homeschoolers enrolled at a high school level, to compete. Voyagers allows to younger members to participate on the team but they are not permitted to compete per MA Bar Assoc. rules.

    This is a serious competitive team which requires a strong commitment from all the members! Please do not sign up for this program unless you can commit to all the homework, the meetings, and competition dates. 


    Homework

    This program will often require several hours of homework per week, including reading, some writing, and some small group work, in preparation for the competitions. Team members will be required to complete a portion of work online.


    Competitions

    Voyagers will compete with at least three other Mock Trial teams on various weekday afternoons between late January and mid-February. Depending on our team's success, we might continue competing in late February - early March. Dates and courtroom locations will be set by the MA Bar Association and announced when the time approaches. 


    Schedule

    Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM during the fall term and into the spring term. This program continues to meet through Voyagers' winter break with time off around the holidays. As the competitions approach, some longer and/or additional practice times will be scheduled, as needed. The end date will be in late February or early March, depending on the schedule for competitions.


    Cost and Registration

    $125 for Voyagers members

    $200 for nonmembers

    Register

    For more information

    Voyagers Mock Trial Program - please contact Elizabeth Hussong: kithussong@verizon.net

    Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial Program




    • September 15, 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Voyagers

    This program will cover earth science, including geology, astronomy, paleontology, and environmental science. Each week we will focus primarily on hands-on lab activities using high-quality microscopes, a variety of real fossils from dinosaurs, mammoths, and other prehistoric animals and plants, large rock and mineral specimens, detailed globes of the planets, weather stations, and other supplies. Prior science courses are not required--new students are very welcome to join.

    This two-semester program will cover key concepts in (1) geology, rocks, and minerals, (2) astronomy, (3) paleontology and eras in the earth’s history, and (4) environmental science of the oceans and atmosphere. Each session will have a short lecture summarizing the reading material but will mainly focus on hands-on lab activities involving that topic. 

    Syllabus

    This program is designed to provide laboratory experience and overview of fundamentals for individuals working at a range of levels. The level of learning will depend on the preparation of the individual and the amount of work the individual does at home. The recommended textbook is beautifully illustrated and very readable; it should be suitable for a broad range of ages. Parents are encouraged to review the textbook to determine whether this program will meet the child's needs. Please consult with Dr. Rider prior to registration if you have any questions.

    EarthScience2017-2018SyllabusFinal.pdf


    Drop-Off "Chaperones"

    In order to ensure safety, we require that at least one adult remain on site when this program is in session. We will need parents to take turns in this role, which will entail: allowing us to run a CORI check, helping with any emergency situation that may arise, and remaining on site until all children and teens have been picked up. Please plan to sign up for one or two weeks as the designated "chaperone."


    Dates

    This is a two-semester program. The two semesters fit together very well, but either semester may be taken independently if desired. Registration for the fall semester is currently open.

    Fall semester: September 15 through December 8 (excluding November 24; makeup date December 15)

    Spring semester: January 26 to April 27, 2018 (excluding February 23 and April 20; makeup date May 4)

    Each semester will consist of 12 sessions meeting from 10:30 to 12:00 on Fridays.


    Cost and registration

    The cost for the semester is:

    $355 for Voyagers members

    $380 for nonmembers

    Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

    Register


    Contacts

    For information on course content, please contact Dr. Todd Rider: thor@riderinstitute.org.

    For help with registration, please contact RCDirector@voyagersinc.org


    • September 15, 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Voyagers

    Environmental Science: Creating More Sustainable Cities

    An Urban Planning Simulation for Homeschooling Teens


    Computer simulations allow us to explore problems by using technology and virtual experiences that would be too complicated or expensive to construct in the real world. This program gives older homeschoolers the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of professional field scientists and planners. You will join a regional planning firm as a virtual intern, do some fieldwork, and gather information from stakeholder groups as YOU design a land use plan for the urban community of Lowell.

    As part of the planning and design process, you will go on two site visits (“field trips”) to nearby locations. (Please provide your own transportation.) At Rocky Hill, we will explore Blanding’s turtle habitat and see how one town is balancing development and conservation. In Lowell, we visit examples of urban development and explore how this historic city is working to reinvent itself. All of the field visits will help you weigh the trade-offs of different land use decisions in the city and elsewhere. Back at the “office,” you will use what you’ve learned to test your best ideas and use iPlan, a custom-designed Geographic Information System, to develop a land use plan for the city of Lowell.



    Recommended Audience

    This course is intended for individuals writing, reading, and researching  at a high school level. Participants will be researching, discussing and analyzing information as a group, prior to drafting individual proposals. The ability and commitment of all participants to work at this level and to collaborate with the group  is important to a positive experience for all.  

    Most coursework can be completed during class time; some portions of the work may be completed outside of class time at the participant’s discretion.

    This program will require high school level work, suggested ages 13 – 19.


    Schedule

    September 15 – November 17, 2017 (10 weeks)
    Fridays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Field trips:

    Two classes will be field trips:

    September 22 – Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Groton

    Late October (exact date tbd) – City of Lowell 

    Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the site visits.

    Logistics

    For the first class, participants will meet with Course Coordinator Kristin Steinmetz at Voyagers Resource Center for an introductory orientation to the computer program.  After that, participants will meet at Voyagers each week to work collaboratively with their team and two adult online mentors, or “planning consultants” who will guide the program.

    With the exception of the orientation session, the course coordinator and online mentors will be conducting the class remotely. Parents will be asked to to remain on site unless they have made arrangements with another parent, and to take turns at assisting with any technical or classroom management issues that may arise. Parents supervising the group will be asked to complete a CORI check through Voyagers.

    Participants may take part remotely by logging on at class times and participating virtually with the group meeting at Voyagers and the online mentors. Those taking part in the class remotely are urged to attend the introductory session, as well as the site visits, if possible.

    A computer will be required at all class sessions, except for the site visits.  Technical requirements: a high speed internet connection (available at Voyagers); updated Firefox or Google Chrome. Internet Explorer will not work with this program.


    Cost and registration

    Cost: $125 for Voyagers members/$150 for nonmembers 

    Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

    Register


    About the provider

    This program is offered by Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow and hosted by Voyagers, Inc. The program was developed by the University of Wisconsin’s Epistemic Games Group, in partnership with Mass Audubon, and is made available at low cost, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.

    Please contact Kristin Steinmetz for information about content: ksteinmetz@massaudubon.org

    For other questions, please contact RCDirector@voyagersinc.org


    • September 15, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 51 Middlesex Street, Suite 105, North Chelmsford, MA 01863

    Description

    This is a history-meets-psychology class that explores the phenomenon of witch hunts.

    If you've grown up in Massachusetts, you're no doubt familiar with the Salem Witch Trials. But witch-hunting goes back to the beginnings of modernity in Europe, and continues even today in some Asian and African countries. Why? What fears and  stresses do societies face before a witch hunt occurs? Who is targeted? And how can they defend themselves?

    In addition to studying actual witch hunts, we'll also look at metaphorical witch hunts such as the "Red Scare" in the 1950s, the demonization of HIV-positive individuals in the early 1980s, the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military, and modern-day acts of internet trolling such as "#Gamergate."

    The main question in this class will be: "When is skepticism warranted?" It's important to think critically, of course, but sometimes societies can become too suspicious, seeing devious motives and sinister agendas where none exist. In times of uncertainty, how do we strike a balance between healthy risk assessment and hysterical overreaction?

    Suggested age range: 13+


    Outside work: 

    Main text is Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. Read/watch other media as assigned. All Rise Out classes are homework-optional. 


    Schedule

    Fridays from 11:00 to 12:00.

    September 15 to December 8. No class November 24.


    Registration and Fees

    Registration and payment collection for Rise Out programs is handled by Rise Out

    Fee: $200 for the semester + a Netflix subscription. (Rise Out media policy) Includes the cost of books. $10 discount for Voyagers members. 

    Payment plans available. Fees waived for families with financial need.  (Rise Out waivers and payment plan information.)


    Note

    Most semesters, Rise Out classes at Voyagers are standalone classes. This semester, uniquely, all three classes complement each other (example: reading Orwell's 1984 in Dystopian Literature, Animal Farm in The Cold War, and Arthur Miller's The Crucible in Witch Hunts). While you can still enroll in each session separately, there is a $50 discount for students who enroll in all three. 


    About the Provider

    The Rise Out programs at Voyagers are led by Rise Out founder, Laura Fokkena. Laura has over a decade of experience working as an education director and literacy consultant in K-12 out-of-school programs in the greater Boston area. She has a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct professor in Lesley's Global Studies department.

    Rise Out is a 501(c)3 nonprofit offering classes for homeschooling teens at Voyagers, as well as in Cambridge and online. Rise Out also consults with teens exploring and pursuing alternatives to traditional high school.

    Contact: laura@rise-out.com.

    • September 15, 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 51 Middlesex Street, Suite 105, North Chelmsford, MA 01863

    Description

    Why are things like "free" health care and "free" college so controversial in the United States? 

    Why does the U.S. care about Iran's nuclear energy program?

    Why are people so obsessed with the possibility of Russian interference in our elections?

    Why do I have to take Algebra II?

    For those who lived through it, it's hard to believe the Cold War ended almost thirty years ago. But for those who were born after 1989, it can be hard to appreciate why the Cold War was so significant. In this class we'll try to bridge that generational gap by explaining what it was like to grow up in the shadow of the Cold War and how echoes of this time period continue to shape modern politics. 

    Topics we'll cover include the Russian Revolution, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Sputnik and the space race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, controversies around the development of nuclear weapons, and philosophical debates over communism vs. capitalism. By the end of the course you should understand how two former allies, The United States and The Soviet Union, became enemies for over forty years. Although they never went to war with each other, the tense ("cold") relationship of these two superpowers influenced the histories and politics of nearly every country on the planet in ways we still see today. 

    This course is designed for history buffs as well as those who have never taken a high school history class: no prior knowledge of this period is assumed. But it's helpful if you have an interest in current events, since we'll often tie historical incidents to modern political controversies.

    Suggested age range: 13+


    Outside work: 

    Main text is George Orwell's Animal Farm. There will be one movie to watch most weeks. Read/watch other media as assigned. All Rise Out classes are homework-optional. 


    Schedule

    Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30.

    September 15 to December 8. No class November 24.


    Registration and Fees

    Registration and payment collection for Rise Out programs is handled by Rise Out

    Fee: $200 for the semester + a Netflix subscription. (Rise Out media policy) Includes the cost of books. $10 discount for Voyagers members. 

    Payment plans available. Fees waived for families with financial need.  (Rise Out waivers and payment plan information.)


    Note

    Most semesters, Rise Out classes at Voyagers are standalone classes. This semester, uniquely, all three classes complement each other (example: reading Orwell's 1984 in Dystopian Literature, Animal Farm in The Cold War, and Arthur Miller's The Crucible in Witch Hunts). While you can still enroll in each session separately, there is a $50 discount for students who enroll in all three. 


    About the Provider

    The Rise Out programs at Voyagers are led by Rise Out founder, Laura Fokkena. Laura has over a decade of experience working as an education director and literacy consultant in K-12 out-of-school programs in the greater Boston area. She has a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct professor in Lesley's Global Studies department.

    Rise Out is a 501(c)3 nonprofit offering classes for homeschooling teens at Voyagers, as well as in Cambridge and online. Rise Out also consults with teens exploring and pursuing alternatives to traditional high school.

    Contact: laura@rise-out.com.

    • September 15, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Voyagers

    This program will cover the field of biology from its fundamental principles through cutting-edge synthetic biology and drug discovery. Each week we will focus primarily on hands-on lab activities using high-quality microscopes, DNA-copying thermocyclers, DNA analysis gels, cell culture supplies, centrifuges, and other real laboratory equipment. No prior knowledge of biology is required.

    This two-semester program will cover key concepts in (1) cell biology, (2) biochemistry, (3) molecular biology, and (4) microbiology. Each session will have a short lecture summarizing the reading material but will mainly focus on hands-on lab activities involving that topic.  


    Syllabus

    This program is designed to provide laboratory experience and overview of fundamentals for individuals working at a range of levels. The level of learning will depend on the choice of textbook (from among the two suggested), the preparation of the individual, and the amount of work the individual does at home. Parents are encouraged to review the textbooks suggested in the syllabus to determine whether this course will meet the child's needs. Please consult with Dr. Rider prior to registration if you have any questions.

    Biology2017-2018SyllabusFinal.pdf


    Drop-Off "Chaperones"

    In order to ensure safety, we require that at least one adult remain on site when this program is in session. We will need parents to take turns in this role, which will entail: allowing us to run a CORI check, helping with any emergency situation that may arise, and remaining on site until all children and teens have been picked up. Please plan to sign up for one or two weeks as the designated "chaperone."


    Dates

    This is a two-semester program. The two semesters fit together very well, but either semester may be taken independently if desired. Registration for the fall semester is currently open.

    Fall semester: September 15 through December 8 (excluding November 24; makeup date December 15)

    Spring semester: January 26 to April 27, 2018 (excluding February 23 and April 20; makeup date May 4)

    Each semester will consist of 12 sessions meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 on Fridays.


    Cost and registration

    The cost for the semester is:

    $355 for Voyagers members

    $380 for nonmembers

    Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

    Register


    Contacts

    For information on course content, please contact Dr. Todd Rider: thor@riderinstitute.org.

    For help with registration, please contact RCDirector@voyagersinc.org


    • September 15, 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 51 Middlesex Street, Suite 105, North Chelmsford, MA 01863

    Description

    u·to·pi·a: an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect

    dys·to·pi·a: an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one

    In this English literature class we'll read fiction that imagines worst case scenarios: environmental collapse, authoritarian governments, the total breakdown of society.  In addition to imagining these fictional worlds, we'll also look at the real historical and political circumstances that authors were confronting when they wrote dystopian novels. 

    Suggested age range: 13+


    Outside work: 

    We'll read Brave New World and 1984 as a class. In the second half of the semester students will choose their own reading from a suggested list that includes fiction, comics, and graphic novels. All Rise Out classes are homework-optional.

    Schedule

    Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30.

    September 15 to December 8. No class November 24.


    Registration and Fees

    Registration and payment collection for Rise Out programs is handled by Rise Out

    Fee: $225 for the semester + occasional media content. (Please read Rise Out's media policy.) Includes the cost of books. 

    $10 discount for Voyagers members. 

    Payment plans available. Fees waived for families with financial need.  (Rise Out waivers and payment plan information.)


    Note

    Most semesters, Rise Out classes at Voyagers are standalone classes. This semester, uniquely, all three classes complement each other (example: reading Orwell's 1984 in Dystopian Literature, Animal Farm in The Cold War, and Arthur Miller's The Crucible in Witch Hunts). While you can still enroll in each session separately, there is a $50 discount for students who enroll in all three. 


    About the Provider

    The Rise Out programs at Voyagers are led by Rise Out founder, Laura Fokkena. Laura has over a decade of experience working as an education director and literacy consultant in K-12 out-of-school programs in the greater Boston area. She has a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct professor in Lesley's Global Studies department.

    Rise Out is a 501(c)3 nonprofit offering classes for homeschooling teens at Voyagers, as well as in Cambridge and online. Rise Out also consults with teens exploring and pursuing alternatives to traditional high school.

    Contact: laura@rise-out.com.

    • November 17, 2017
    • 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Voyagers

    The Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) is designed to teach major strategies for problem solving, develop flexibility in solving problems, strengthen mathematical intuition and foster mathematical creativity and ingenuity. MOEMS consists of 5 contests, running monthly from November 2017 - March 2018. Each contest lasts 30 minutes and is made up of 5 non-routine problems requiring careful mathematical thinking. The contests are designed to be taken as a series.  Following each contest, the answers and the solution key will be distributed and there will be an opportunity to discuss the strategies and solutions for the problems in that contest.

    The Math Olympiad is recommended for students in grades 4-8. There are two divisions: Elementary (grades 4-6) and Middle (grades 6-8).  Students younger than 4th grade are permitted to participate, but the Math Olympiad program does not recommend this due to concerns that younger children may become frustrated, rather than excited, about math.  Students having completed 8th grade are not allowed to participate.


    This is not a drop-off program. Parents are expected to remain in the building during the program or leave their child in the care of another parent, not the provider. Parents may be asked to help with classroom management issues or proctoring the contests.


    Schedule

    Friday afternoons from 1:15 to 2:00

    Dates: 11/17/17, 12/15/17, 1/19/18, 2/16/18, 3/9/18

    Cost

    $40/child for the series of 5 sessions.


    REGISTER


    Voyagers hosts national competitive exams at cost as a service to homeschoolers. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to make these and similar programs available.


    Contact

    For more information, see the MOEMS website or contact Meredith Anderson at meredithanderson@gmail.com.

Past events

August 13, 2017 DIY Ice Cream Social and Homeschooling Info Session
August 10, 2017 MCC Presentation
June 09, 2017 Learning Resources Fair
June 06, 2017 Learning Resources Fair Drop-Off
May 24, 2017 Open House
May 23, 2017 Early Summer Coop
May 12, 2017 Spring Sprouts
May 06, 2017 Mediterranean Nights: Teen Formal
May 05, 2017 No Drop-In May 5th
May 04, 2017 MCC Presentation
May 01, 2017 Last Week of Coop
April 28, 2017 Fold and Fly: Origami Rockets and Paper Airplanes
April 21, 2017 No Drop-In on Friday. Come to our Springfest and Open House April 20 instead!
April 20, 2017 Springfest and Open House
April 17, 2017 April Break
April 14, 2017 Life-Sized Self-Portraits
April 10, 2017 Chemistry SAT prep course
April 07, 2017 Torsion Drums
March 31, 2017 Open House
March 31, 2017 Clay Fun
March 26, 2017 SENG Model Parent Group
March 24, 2017 Gym Games
March 17, 2017 Yeast Fun
March 15, 2017 National Latin Exam
March 11, 2017 Parenting Your Intellectually Curious Child: an event for the entire family
March 10, 2017 Drop In Cancelled Today due to illness
March 03, 2017 Teen Event
March 03, 2017 Density Columns -- the Magic of Layering Liquids
March 01, 2017 National Mythology Exam
February 24, 2017 No Drop In February 24
February 20, 2017 February Break
February 17, 2017 Quilt Geometry
February 10, 2017 Valentine's Day Teen Event
February 10, 2017 3-D Valentine's Cards
February 07, 2017 AMC 10/12
February 03, 2017 Rise Out: Youth Participatory Action Research
February 03, 2017 Rise Out: Serial
February 03, 2017 Duct Tape Projects
January 27, 2017 Physics
January 27, 2017 Resource Center Fridays: Let The Games Begin!
January 24, 2017 Start of Spring Term
January 12, 2017 Winterfest and Open House
January 01, 2017 Drop-Ins are on break. Please join us for Winterfest on January 12 and check back for details on upcoming Drop-Ins.
December 16, 2016 Author Visit and Dissecting Owl Pellets
December 16, 2016 Fall Term Ends
December 11, 2016 Magic The Gathering
December 10, 2016 Teen Event
December 09, 2016 Paper Crafts
December 02, 2016 Potato Printing
November 21, 2016 Thanksgiving Break
November 18, 2016 MOEMS Math Olympiads
November 18, 2016 Thanksgiving Treats
November 15, 2016 AMC 8
November 13, 2016 Open House
November 11, 2016 Puzzles and Patterns
November 09, 2016 Presentation on Dual Enrollment at Middlesex Community College
November 04, 2016 Meditation/Galaxy Jar
October 29, 2016 Halloween Bash for Teens
October 28, 2016 Play with your Food! Halloween Fun!
October 21, 2016 Tabletop Games
October 14, 2016 Build a Greek Temple and Discover the Strength of Columns
October 07, 2016 Card Games Anyone?
October 07, 2016 Mock Trial Team
September 30, 2016 Crochet or Croquet?
September 23, 2016 Physics!
September 23, 2016 Games, Cerebral and Silly: Chess & Balloon Badminton
September 17, 2016 Teen Event
September 16, 2016 Rise Out: Youth Participatory Action Research
September 16, 2016 Rise Out: Understanding 9-11
September 16, 2016 Neighborhood Photo Scavenger Hunt
September 16, 2016 Rise Out: 20th Century German History: A Film Group
September 16, 2016 Rise Out: German Language
September 14, 2016 Introduction to Latin
September 12, 2016 Start of Fall Coop Session
September 09, 2016 Stop by to Chat and Learning Resources Fair Clearance Sale
August 30, 2016 Resource Center Drop-In

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