Add EdVenture’s signature programming to your curriculum! On the first Friday of each month, we offer informal, experiential, hands-on education specialized for homeschool students. Come enjoy our programs on-site here in one of Columbia’s biggest and brightest classrooms. Perfect for ages 3-12, this programming gives your students a chance to enjoy EdVenture in a whole new way!

 

Enjoy EdVenture-led special activities on the first Friday of each month from 2:30-3:30pm. Homeschool groups receive a discounted rate: $8 per child with free admission for one parent/guardian; $5 for each additional parent/guardian.

 

For questions or to reserve your space, please contact:

Liz Underwood at 803-764-3603 or Theresa Dozier at 803-400-1151

 

Home School Programming and Schedule: 2015-2016

Throughout the semester on first Fridays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EdVenture Educators will have special, SC standards-based programs just for home school students.

 

Registration Tip:

Frequent users may click "register" in the upper right corner of a registration page and create a user name and password to make future registrations faster.

 

Time: 2:30-3:30pm (September 2015 through May 2016)

 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ages 3-4: Cooking Lab - Fruit Pizza
Maximum Capacity: 20

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Ages 5-7: Maker: Squishy Circuits

Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity: 25

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art
What is electricity? Students will experience how this incredible energy fuels our modern world. In this compelling exploration of electrical science, students will learn about the flow of electrons, circuits, and the ways in which electrical energy can be transferred.  They will construct their own electrical circuits complete with conductors, insulators, LEDs, noisemakers, and infinite possible structures!  Students will then compound their knowledge by building their own electromagnet. Through hair-raising experiments and hands-on interaction, students will learn to recognize the uses and dangers of electricity while gaining a comprehensive understanding of how and why electricity is the mainstay of 21st century society.

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Ages 8-10: Bio Lab - Funny Pharm
Maximum Capacity: 15 students
Science, Engineering, Technology
Take an exciting journey to different habitats across the globe by meeting some unique LIVE critters right in our BioInvestigations Lab! Exotic animals await to help students learn how scientists turn toxins and other animal compounds into helpful medical treatments. We will travel across the globe, from the Australian desert to our own backyard, and discuss the unique habitats that support this bizarre wildlife. Students will even have a chance to make their own aspirin from tree bark!
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Ages 11-12: Engineering 101 - Earthquake Proof Tower
Maximum Capacity: 25
Earthquakes are not impossible in the South! This program is designed to teach students what kind of processes engineers and architects go through when designing their structures. Students will use the engineering process to design and build a structure that will remain intact during a simulated earthquake.
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Friday, October 2, 2015
Ages 3-4: Sense It
Maximum Capacity: 20
Science
The human body has many ways to discover the world including touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing. Through hands (and nose, ears, and eyes!)-on experiments, little scientists will use their senses to explore the world around them. We’ll explore each sense individually, testing students’ knowledge of their senses, and encouraging them to discover new and exciting ways of checking out sensory clues. Come smell, hear, see, taste, and feel the amazing world around us!

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Ages 5-7: Cooking Lab - Quesadillas
Maximum Capacity: 20

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Ages 8-10: Engineering 101 - Earthquake Proof Tower
Maximum Capacity: 25
Earthquakes are not impossible in the South! This program is designed to teach students what kind of processes engineers and architects go through when designing their structures. Students will use the engineering process to design and build a structure that will remain intact during a simulated earthquake.
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Ages 11-12: It’s Just a Phase
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science, Technology
This lesson teaches students about the three states of matter, their properties, and how matter phase changes occur! Students will discuss different attributes of the states of matter and discover some super "cool" characteristics. Students will see experiments with dry ice and even get to try our very special “astronaut marshmallows” that we make with liquid nitrogen!

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Friday, November 6, 2015
Ages 3-4: Tiny Tinkerers
Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity:  20
Science, Art, Mathematics, Engineering
Think it. Design it. Make it! In this fun and interactive program, students will dive into the world of engineering!  Students will transform into mechanical engineers to create a car. Of course, you can’t build a car without taking it for a test drive. Wave your flag and rev your engines – Tiny Tinkerers is sure to be record-winning fun.

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Ages 5-7: Healthy Me, Healthy You
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science, Health

Meet STUFFEE®, EdVenture's health ambassador who teaches students how to maintain the human body – inside and out! Students learn about their digestive tracts, how to find and take their pulses, how to keep their hearts and lungs strong, and the importance of exercise and eating healthy. Learn about food groups, MyPlate, and how to keep your teeth healthy too! Students will also have the opportunity to meet our Dental Dragons, Williams and Brice, as they show STUFFEE® and friends how to properly brush their teeth.

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Ages 8-10: Cooking Lab - Lasagna
Maximum Capacity: 20

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Ages 11-12: Maker - Makey Makey
Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity: 25
Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in-between.

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Friday, December 4, 2015
Ages 3-4: Give Me a Beat
Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity: 20
Science, Art, Mathematics
Drum roll please! Students will discover the science of sound and become musical engineers. Students will experiment with sound waves through a series of hands-on activities. Using this knowledge, students will then get their creative gears turning by engineering their own musical instruments out of everyday objects to create their own unique sounds.

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Ages 5-7: Growing Garbage
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science, Art
Students will learn about simple food chains and identify plants as producers, animals as consumers, and the worms and bugs in the ground as friendly decomposers. Students will absolutely love the worm farm that accompanies this informative and fun program as we discuss the importance of composting and recycling. They will then have the opportunity to meet Garbagena®, our recycling expert, and discuss the importance of understanding how garbage can impact our planet.

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Ages 8-10: Hey, Big Spender!
Maximum Capacity: 25
Financial Literacy
What do your students know about their money? Using a game show format, EdVenture Host Mo Monee will engage the young entrepreneurs in activities designed to test their understanding of the Benjamin’s. From spending to saving, donating to investing, to how advertising promotes wants over needs, students will respond to a series of questions and answers designed to improve their financial literacy.

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Ages 11-12: Cooking Lab - Pizza
Maximum Capacity: 20

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Ages 3-4: Cooking Lab - Parfait
Maximum Capacity: 20
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Ages 5-7: Bio Lab - It Runs in the Family
Maximum Capacity: 15 students
Science, Art, Math
Students will discover what makes each and every one of us unique by exploring the traits that make us who we are! Take a look at the shape of your nose, the color of your hair and even how certain foods taste. You may see some similarities with your parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, and grandparents. Students will make and take home colorful DNA bracelets to illustrate the classroom’s genetic diversity, and take a look at how these genes affect different parts of the body.
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Ages 8-10: It’s Just a Phase
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science
This lesson teaches students about the three states of matter, their properties, and how phase changes occur! Students will discuss different attributes of the states of matter and discover some super "cool" characteristics. Students will observe experiments with dry ice and even get to try our very special “astronaut marshmallows” made by our EdVenture Educators with liquid nitrogen!
Click here to register

 

Ages 11-12: Possibility Boxes
Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science, Engineering
There truly is no way to prepare for this engineering extravaganza! Students will problem solve using only the unique materials contained within their team’s Possibility Box. Watch as students work to repurpose items and unconventional materials to help design a solution to the issue at hand. The assignments and materials used are ever changing so the possibilities are endless!
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Friday, February 5. 2016
Ages 3-4: Bio Lab - It Runs in the Family
Maximum Capacity: 15 students
Science, Art, Math
Students will discover what makes each and every one of us unique by exploring the traits that make us who we are! Take a look at the shape of your nose, the color of your hair and even how certain foods taste. You may see some similarities with your parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, and grandparents. Students will make and take home colorful DNA bracelets to illustrate the classroom’s genetic diversity, and take a look at how these genes affect different parts of the body.
Click here to register

 

Ages 5-7: Maker:  Short Circuits
Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity:  25
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art
Put on your engineering hat and learn how to light things up!  This class uses simple circuitry and electricity to get students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Inspired by the Maker Education Initiative, this student-led class will empower your young makers and encourage them to ask questions and define problems all while using the engineering design process.  Students are encouraged to make mistakes and develop their own ideas.  Each student will walk away with their own light-up creation at the end!
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Ages 8-10: Motion Commotion
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science
Push, pull, force, motion, gravity–this program explores it all! Discover the forces of the world in motion in this exciting program that will teach students about push vs. pull, mass vs. weight, gravity, friction, and inertia. Students will learn about these forces of motion as well as acceleration, deceleration, and velocity through catapult science, scooter races, and EdVenture’s take on tug-o-war.
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Ages 11-12: Engineering 101 - Awesome Aeronautics
Maximum Capacity: 25
Ever wonder how an airplane stays in the sky? In Awesome Aeronautics, students will learn about drag, its causes, and its effect on the motion of an object. Students are engaged in the science behind flight and queried to think how engineers might design future aircrafts. Afterwards, students can explore their curiosity by constructing unique paper airplanes and launching them at great speeds!
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Friday, March 4, 2016
Ages 3-4: Maker: Chatter Splatter
Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity: 20
Science, Art, Mathematics
Join us as we unlock an artist’s toolbox to discover the exciting world of art. Students will chatter about the color wheel, explore ways to create art beyond markers and crayons, then splatter their creations into masterpieces!
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Ages 5-7: Bio Lab - Extracting Strawberry DNA
Maximum Capacity: 15
Science, Technology, Health
Participate in a DNA discovery by extracting the genes from a strawberry!  In this lab, students will get an overview of the structure and function of DNA.  We will extract genetic material from strawberry cells and even view it up-close and personal, without the use of a microscope!  Through the use of fun hands-on activities, students will also learn about nucleotides, the double helix, and the code that makes you who you are.
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Ages 8-10: Tillin’ It Like It Is
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science
Uncover the world of plants! Where do they come from? Why are seeds different shapes and sizes? Students will have fun learning about plants, exploring plant lifecycles through a hands-on lima bean dissection. Young botanists will delve into the world of plant adaptations, gaining an understanding of how plants interact with their environments. Finally, students will explore the dynamic relationship between humans and plants.
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Ages 11-12: Weather Watchers
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science, Technology
Students will learn to keep an eye on the sky as meteorologists in this action packed program. In Weather Watchers, students will be asked to take a closer look at the various factors that influence weather patterns. Using hands-on scientific demonstrations and meteorological equipment, we will explore changes in weather and climate and the ways in which they impact our world.
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Friday, April 8, 2016
Ages 3-4: Astonishing Animals
Maximum Capacity: 20
Science, Art, Mathematics
Moo! Rawr! Meow! You wouldn't mistake a cat for a cow, would you? But they both have four legs, don’t they? Put your knowledge to the test as we explore how different, or similar, our favorite animals can be. We’ll dive into the deep blue ocean, trek through the flourishing forest, and even cuddle up with our furry friends at home!
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Ages 5-7: Weather You Like It or Not
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science, Technology
Rain, sleet, snow, or hail–students will discover the changes of weather using meteorological equipment and how to dress for each season! We discuss day-to-day weather changes and the ways in which seasons can affect plants and animals. Students will explore the differences between the day and night sky and learn about the astronomy behind the reasons for the seasons.
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Ages 8-10: DIY Science
Maximum Capacity:  25
Science, Engineering
Learn how to be a scientist right in your very own home! Students will learn about different changes in matter, states of matter, and how we can manipulate states of matter with nothing more exotic than the items found in our very own kitchen! Students will have the opportunity to make their own polymer we like to call alien boogers!
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Ages 11-12: Zap! Electricity at Work
Maximum Capacity: 25
Science, Technology
What is electricity? Students will experience how this incredible energy powers our modern world. In this compelling exploration of electrical science, students will learn about the flow of electrons, circuits, and the ways in which electrical energy is transferred. Through hair-raising experiments and hands-on interaction, students will learn to recognize the uses and dangers of electricity while gaining a comprehensive understanding of how and why electricity is a mainstay of 21st century society.
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Friday, May 6, 2016
Ages 3-4: Waiting for Wings
Maximum Capacity: 20
Science, Art
Let your students experience the beauty and magic of Blooming Butterflies. This program is held in an outdoor nature exhibit filled with dozens of species of trees and plants that support the lifecycle of these fascinating insects. Students will participate in a program exploring the unique aspects of the butterfly such as their lifecycle, color patterns, and anatomy. Students will experience first-hand what butterfly life is like in our Blooming Butterflies exhibit!
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Ages 5-7: Beautiful Butterflies
Maximum Capacity:  25
Science, Art, Mathematics
Experience the beauty and magic of EdVenture's outdoor nature exhibit, Blooming Butterflies! Students will have the opportunity to identify living and non-living organisms, learn about a butterfly's life cycle, discover the basic needs of insects for energy, growth, and protection, and classify animals according to their physical characteristics. Students will compare and contrast butterflies and plants, learn basic classification techniques, and discover why butterflies and plants rely on each other to survive.
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Ages 8-10: Engineering 101 - Awesome Aeronautics
Maximum Capacity: 25
Ever wonder how an airplane stays in the sky? In Awesome Aeronautics, students will learn about drag, its causes, and its effect on the motion of an object. Students are engaged in the science behind flight and queried to think how engineers might design future aircrafts. Afterwards, students can explore their curiosity by constructing unique paper airplanes and launching them at great speeds!
Click here to register

 

Ages 11-12: Bio Lab - Body Bugs
Maximum Capacity:  15
Science, Technology, Health
Open wide and discover the tiny organisms that make up a healthy human microbiome.  We will discuss why gut flora are good for you and even practice using microscopes to view the various microbial habitats that populate the human body.  After we learn about the helpful and harmful impact that germs have on our lives, each student will prepare a microscope slide of their own oral smear to keep for micro-investigations!

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For questions or to reserve your space, please contact:

Liz Underwood at 803-764-3603 or Theresa Dozier at 803-400-1151