Our History

Our company began from a desire for homeschool parents to be able to confidently provide their kids with a great science experience. Founders Frank & Debbie Schaner saw firsthand how hard it was to find what you needed as a homeschooler in 1995! Fast-forward to now – and we have over 30 employees who develop hands-on products and provide great customer service, as well as a warehouse stocked with everything you need so your order can ship quickly (usually by the next business day!). We look forward to helping you and your kids find joy in learning science!

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Our Quality Commitment

We offer only high-quality, top-rated products, developed, tested, and reviewed by our team of science educators. All our products go through quality control inspection before being carefully packed and shipped from our Montana warehouse. Everything is backed by our 90-day money back guarantee.

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We Believe

Hands-on science is critical to the development of every student, so they will understand concepts better while learning problem-solving, critical thinking, and more. Educational freedom leads to exceptional learning, creating a better future for our kids!

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“Our vision is to inspire learning so that students grow and impact their world.”

-Founder Frank Schaner

What We Offer

Exceptional Learning

Our hands-on science approach sparks curiosity, fuels wonder, and ignites inquiry for a memorable, highly engaged learning experience. 

Elevated Teaching

Our products enable teachers in the home and classroom by simplifying prep time, adapting to multi-age and classroom groups, and making teaching easier, regardless of your science background.

Reliable Expertise

For over 25 years, HST products and resources have been developed by teachers, scientists, engineers, and homeschoolers who together have decades of science education experience. Trusted and proven in the home and classroom alike.

How We Give Back
As part of our generosity initiative, we look for opportunities to give back to our local community in Billings, Montana and beyond. We provide monetary discounts to support families in need, donate financially to charitable organizations, donate products to schools of all types,  and volunteer to serve non-profits in our community. Read more about how HST gives back on our .

The Story of HST
Debbie and I started Home Science Tools in 1995 because we wanted homeschool parents like us to be able to confidently provide their kids with a great science experience.  We knew how hard it was to find everything for hands-on science while homeschooling and we wanted to change that experience for others! Our first “warehouse” was in our closet. Fast-forward to now and we have over 30 employees who develop hands-on science products and provide great customer service – as well as a 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse stocked with everything you need so your order can ship quickly (usually by the next business day)!  

Helping homeschool families is still at the core of what we do and in 2021, we launched Science Unlocked, our own hands-on science curriculum, to fulfill that in an even greater way. But there is also abundant need for engaging hands-on science products everywhere! Our customers include classroom teachers, school district curriculum directors, at-home/distance learning programs, after-school programs, college professors and students, parents, and grandparents.  

This real difference we are making in education is what really gets us excited. We hope that you too will become part of the Home Science Tools community, making a difference in the lives of your kids by helping them find joy in science!  

- Frank Schaner