Science Rockstar Kids online interactive program for K-5
Keep your kids engaged in science while they develop critical thinking and communication skills.
Learn more in this 2-minute video!
Not sure how to best teach your kids science?
With many schools being online or for homeschooling families, many lessons will require you to help them. Sometimes it's a topic you don't know well, don't feel 100% confident about, or don't have time to re-teach yourself. Or perhaps you just need a break and would enjoy letting someone else do the teaching--ME!
Do you feel overwhelmed and pressed for time to figure out science projects?
Science is a hands-on collaborative effort, but it does take planning. Talking through experiments with others and brainstorming ideas is one of the best (and most fun!) ways to learn science. Our program has everything planned out for your kids, and gives you the gift of time!
Are your kids missing connection? Do they learn better when they are interacting with other children?
Even before Covid, our kids thrived on connection. Now it's needed more than ever. In Science Rockstar Kids, we cultivate a small positive community of kids who are excited about science and experimenting together.
Overview of Science Rockstar Kids
Created by Karen McFarlane Holman, Ph.D., Science Rockstar Kids is an online science enrichment program aimed at grades K-5. Your kids get weekly hands-on science projects that spark wonder, and saves you time in guiding the project yourself. We are a community of families who are homeschooling, enrolled in a distance charter school, and in hybrid public school systems. We focus on chemistry, physics, and physiology, so our projects work well for families from either religious or non-religious backgrounds. SRK children learn and have fun together, guided by an enthusiastic, award-winning educator with 30 years experience teaching science.
Hi, I'm Karen McFarlane Holman, Ph.D. and I am committed to engaging kids in science.
I created Science Rockstar Kids to directly engage elementary school aged children in science. I strongly believe that:
• Live interaction is imperative to kids feeling seen and heard, which improves confidence
• Learning is connected to doing experiments first-hand and "wondering out loud" in a group
• A strong community of families enjoying science together makes the experience more fun!
If you have questions about Science Rockstar Kids that aren't answered here, please email me: [email protected]
Solayah is a nine-year-old budding scientist who loves Karen's program.
Solayah lives on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada and discovered Professor K in September 2020. Watch her video to find out what excited her the most about exploring science with Karen's group.
What do parents say about Karen's program?
"Even though the class is through Zoom, you would have never known, and our kids stayed engaged the whole time! Professor K's enthusiasm towards exploring science is contagious and our boys are more curious than ever." – Krystle K., mother of 3 (ages 8, 6, and 5)
"Just signed Ruby up! We are so excited about it! Now I don't have to worry about her missing out on hands-on learning and using her creativity. The teacher is lively and so excited to share her knowledge! I have seen a light in Ruby I had not yet seen! Win win!" – Amanda M., mother of a 10-year-old
"We knew Emery was engaged in the live learning sessions, but we were blown away by her retention of knowledge. It went beyond the “wow” factor of cool science to being ready to take action and make change in the world. What you teach is staying with her and we are inspired!" – Deb V., mother of an 8-year-old
What you can expect from this outstanding program
The themes are fun, engaging, and relevant! For example, February's theme is "Heartbeats & Goosebumps", where we'll carry out some engaging chemistry and physics experiments that are fun for Valentine's month. March will be "Wind & Water", which will include science and engineering related to musical instruments and flying vessels.
Live & Hands-on Projects
We do the experiments together on Zoom and share our predictions, ideas, and explanations! The most important (and my favorite!) part of Science Rockstar Kids is the live interaction in small groups. Scientific reasoning is cultivated when you use various communication modes. Plus, it's fun!
There are a lot of different types of learners out there! Along with seeing, hearing, speaking, and hands-on explorations, the worksheets allow for writing. We also include a "What If...?" question at the end, to imagine beyond what we did together.
Also, a full list of materials needed (common household items) is provided ahead of time.
One of the best parts about science is sharing ideas and discoveries! In our small Private Facebook group, parent share photos and videos in a place where learning is celebrated. It's also a light and positive space to ask/answer questions.
We also have our own internal social platform where the children in Science Rockstar Kids can connect safely -- Only our families have access.
Enroll in Our Weekly Program Today!
Open class times:
• Thursdays 3pm PT / 6pm ET
Email me for more information:
CANCEL ANYTIME. Features Include:
🧪 Weekly science projects carried out live vis Zoom in groups of less than 12 kids
+ Super bonus: Access to videos and worksheets from all weekly experiments since September are included ($600 value)!
📺 Weekly "preview" video created by Professor K helps you prepare
📃 Worksheets with list of materials in advance
👩🏫 List of how each project meets New Generation Science Standards for K-5 (provided by request)
⚡ Membership in a Private Facebook group for parents and an internal (safe) online social area for kids
❓ Science questions answered outside of the live Zoom Lab
$ Convenient monthly payments. Cancel anytime.
I am confident that you and your child will love Science Rockstar Kids! However, if you're not happy, please contact me (Karen) within 14 days of participating to receive a full refund.
Special Drop-In Rate!
First time visit, per family (60% discount!)YES, WE WANT TO TRY IT OUT FOR ONLY $10!
Try us out for only $10! We would love to have you join us.
Drop into the Zoom lab with Professor K and the other children at this special rate extended to first-time families wanting to try us out at a special 60% discounted rate! It's a laid back atmosphere full of fun and curious kids + awesome science. You can attend on any Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET.
This might help. In this video I talk more about my approach and my values in this program. I also lay out the format, give some examples, and other nuts and bolts. If you still have questions, email me: [email protected]
More glowing testimonials about Professor K...
"[Karen] is so enthusiastic about her subject, and she really wants people to understand it the way she does. She helps you understand how chemistry applies to every aspect of your life."
-Janie Bube, previous student
More about Karen McFarlane Holman, Ph.D.
Karen McFarlane Holman was awarded Professor of the Year for Oregon by the Carnegie Foundation in 2010 and has adored her academic career, most of which has been at Willamette University in Salem, OR. She has an enormous passion for conveying scientific concepts to general audiences and infusing the wonder of science into people's lives. She has volunteered at numerous schools and worked in science outreach programs for nearly 30 years. One of her most rewarding experiences was teaching at an all-girl science camp in Saudi Arabia in 2016 and 2017.
Karen has authored 24 scientific articles and book chapters in her specialty of metals and their applications in renewable fuels, photosynthesis, and novel chemotherapeutics. She has given scientific presentations on four continents worldwide. She uses her wide knowledge base to engage in questions that are of interest to kids as well as adults who are curious about science.
Karen, a.k.a. “Professor K”, fuses her multi-decade career as a chemistry professor with her 25-year musical performance career. Her research-focused TEDx talk has an engagement of over 40K viewers and as a guitarist and singer she has performed at hundreds of concerts and festivals.
Karen's love of community and connecting with audiences has roots in radio. She has over 30 years experience as a radio producer and co-hosts the podcast 10 Bestest. Karen is the Founder of KMUZ-FM, the first community radio station in Salem, Oregon.
Karen has two sons, Dean and Julian, and a corgi named Griffin. She loves spending time with her "three sons", playing in her rock bands City of Pieces and Hot Sheets, kayaking, hiking, and traveling the world over. Karen's website maketimeforscience.com encapsulates all of her endeavors and activities.
For more information, email Karen at [email protected]