Discovery Lab

For: Children 5 – 7-years-old on August 31. Picture of little girl holding a magnifying glass to her eye.

Overview

The Parent Education Department at Bellevue College (BC) offers unique Enrichment Classes for children. These classes include days for parents to assist the teacher in the classroom and Parent Education to match the age of the children involved.

The Discovery Lab is a one day per week science class for 5 – 7 year olds. There are after-school sessions for kids in half-day or full-day school, and the program is a great option for families who home-school.

Each week, students will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on experiments, perform simple dissections, and make creative science projects. Discovery Lab aims to introduce kids to science as an enjoyable and accessible investigation of the world around us. Young children are naturally drawn to scientific exploration, and fostering this curiosity in the early years will lead to enthusiasm for the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as they go further in school.

Topics for the year include:

  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Marine biology
  • Space and rockets
  • Environmental issues

One of the highlights of the year is an overnight field trip.

Parent education classes are held once a month during the children’s class time. Parent education focuses on topics relevant to elementary school-age children including development, social issues, guidance and communication. Parents are required to assist in the children’s classroom six or seven times per year, including providing a snack once a year.

View Discovery Lab Class Schedule.

Location:

Robinswood Barn
2432 148th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA (at Robinswood Park)

Classes are held in Bellevue, but serve families from all Eastside communities, including Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah and Mercer Island.

Get Directions and Map.

Visiting/Observing a Class:

Check our home page for open house opportunities. You can also schedule a visit during a class meeting time, from October to May, by contacting the instructor listed on the schedule.

How to Register

To register for a class, go to our online registration form.  Tuition cost is $240 per quarter (fall, winter and spring), and includes supplies and field trip fees.