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 803-400-1157 or Theresa Dozier at 803-400-1151

 

Home School Programming and Schedule: 2015

Throughout the semester on first Fridays, (through May 2015, excluding January and April) 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. If you are an EdVenture Member, you must register for the site to receive your membership discount.

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ages 3-4: Give Me a Beat
Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity: 20
Science, Art, Mathematics
Drum roll please! Students will become musical engineers as they discover the science of sound and experiment with sound waves through a series of hands-on activities. Using this knowledge, students will 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: 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 8-10: BioLab: 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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Ages 11-12: 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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Friday, March 6, 2015
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, and then splatter their creations into masterpieces!
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Ages 5-7: BioLab: 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: Sound off, Lights up!
Maximum Capacity:  25
Science, Technology, Art
Investigate the world of mechanical and electromagnetic waves as students explore glockenspiels, lasers, lenses, and more!  Students will learn the basics, including frequency, wavelength, and amplitude followed by exploring what properties control the pitch and volume of sound waves, as well as how different materials can cause the refraction and reflection of light waves.  Students will create their own sights and sounds in this hands-on program that culminates with everyone creating light painting pictures together!
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Ages 11-12: Maker: Soldering LED Pins
Maker Education Initiatives Program
Maximum Capacity: 15
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art
Allow your students the opportunity to meld metals as they solidify their understandings of electrical circuits!  We will begin by discussing some of the basics of electricity, including the flow of electrons, static electricity, current electricity, and circuitry.  Inspired by the Maker Education Initiative, this hands-on class will allow students the opportunity to solder together a simple electrical circuit.  Each student will create their own robot pin with blinking eyes! 
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Friday, April 3, 2015

No classes will be held due to this date’s proximity to a holiday.  However, EdVenture programming is available through Spring Break Camps at EdVenture!

 

Friday, May 1, 2015
Ages 3-4: Maker:  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: 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: Math inside the Box
Maximum Capacity:  30
Mathematics
At EdVenture, students are often challenged to think outside of the box, but here we’ll look inside, too! Students will use pentominoes to explore symmetry, area, and patterns, while using their teamwork skills to explore and create all 12 pentominoes. These young mathematicians will also investigate the world of rotations and reflections, and even take a peek beyond the world of pentominoes, diving into hexominoes and soma cubes.
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Ages 11-12: Cooking Lab: Cheesy Chicken Paninis
Maximum Capacity:  15
Science, Health
Delicious, savory, and fun!  Dive into proteins with your pre-teen, discussing its importance as part of a balanced diet.   As they explore the wonderful world of culinary arts and simple meal preparation, students and parents alike will learn about healthy eating, vital vitamins and minerals, and more.  We’ll help your student discover their inner chef!

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