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:

Theresa Dozier at 803-400-1151 or Anna MacDermut  at 803-400-1141

 

Home School Programming and Schedule: 2014-2015

Throughout the semester on first Fridays, EdVenture Educators will have special, SC standards-based programs just for home school students.

 

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 (September 2014 through May 2015, excluding January and April)

 

Click here to register for programming for ages 3-4

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Ages 3-4:  Sense It

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!

 

Ages 5-7: Cooking Lab: Veggiedillas

Maximum Capacity: 15

Science, Health

Make the most of simple, fresh ingredients found at your local Farmer's Market! Join us and construct your very own fresh veggie filled quesadillas! Your student will earn their chef stripes, discovering the importance of a balanced diet, sharpening their kitchen skills, and creating a quick and healthy meal that the entire family will enjoy!

 

Ages 8-10: Amazing Metamorphosis

Maximum Capacity: 25

Science, Art, Mathematics

Venture into our living nature exhibit, Blooming Butterflies, for a session of scientific observation! Acting like real lepidopterists, students will use a field guide to identify caterpillars and butterflies for closer observation and data collection. Students will learn about producers, consumers, and decomposers. They will discover the physical and behavioral adaptations that allow organisms to survive such as defense, movement, food obtainment, and camouflage. Students will be amazed as they watch butterflies emerge from a chrysalis or drink nectar using their proboscis!

 

Ages 11-12: Math inside a Box

Maximum Capacity: 35

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. The 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.

 

Friday, October 3, 2014

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 life cycle, color patterns, and anatomy. Students will experience first-hand what butterfly life is like in our Blooming Butterflies exhibit!

 

Ages 5-7: Magnificent Magnets

Maximum Capacity: 25

Science, Technology, Art, Mathematics

Where does magnetic strength come from? Explore the amazing, invisible power of magnets! In this action-packed program, students will visualize a magnetic field, have fun with ferrofluids, and discover the difference between forces and matter.  Students will investigate the nature of magnetism and its relationship with electricity, culminating with the creation of their own electromagnet.

 

Ages 8-10: BioLab: Tooling Around: Micro Pipettes

Maximum Capacity: 15

Science, Mathematics

Get hands-on practice with one of the most common items in a biologist’s toolkit: the micropipette.  Students will learn to successfully wield these important tools in a creative way by mixing colors together in the lab!  We’ll have a fun time perfecting this essential lab technique.

 

Ages 11-12: Maker: Oil Slick Solutions

Maker Education Initiatives Program

Maximum Capacity: 15

Science, Engineering

Students will have the opportunity to become engineers as they utilize each step of the Engineering Design Process to discover how they can remove oil from water.  Inspired by the Maker Education Initiative, this student-led class encourages students to explore their own ideas, make mistakes, and discover solutions.  Students will investigate a variety of materials and resources all while still experiencing the constraints that real world environmental engineers face.

 

Friday, November 7, 2014

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!

 

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 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!

 

Ages 8-10: Cooking Lab: Quinoa Pizza Bites

Maximum Capacity: 15

Science, Health

Come explore a grain that humans have been using longer than wheat—quinoa!  This ancient grain not only packs a complete protein but also has many more wonderful health benefits for students to learn.  We’ll combine this special guest with an old classic as students learn how to eat a balanced diet and expand their culinary skills at the same time.  Join us as we recreate one of America’s favorite dishes, Cheese Pizza, with a nutritious, educational twist!

 

Ages 11-12: DIY Science

Maximum Capacity: 25

Science, Technology, Math

Learn how to be a scientist right in your very own home!  Students will learn about different states of matter, changes in matter, the conservation of matter as it changes, and how we can manipulate states of matter with nothing more exotic than the items found in our very own kitchen.  We will repeatedly bring to life the different steps in the scientific process.  Students will also learn the basics behind chemical formulas, how to distinguish elements from compounds and pure substances from mixtures, and even have the opportunity to make their own polymer we like to call zombie brains.

 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ages 3-4: Cooking Lab: Strawberry-Applesauce

Maximum Capacity: 15

Science, Health

Pick in the patch and climb up the tree! Join us as we travel through the farm to create a delicious healthy snack.  Students will learn the basics of a balanced diet and expand their blossoming culinary skills in this special cooking class for our youngest visitors.  Come explore our kitchen where your student will chop, dice, and mix their way into an Apple-saucy dream!

 

Ages 5-7: Maker:  Take Flight!

Maker Education Initiatives Program

Maximum Capacity: 25

Science, Technology, Engineering

In this program, students will have the opportunity to take their first steps into what it means to be a maker.  Students will have the opportunity to create their very own “flying machines” and test them in our wind tubes!  Using their best scientific inquiry skills, they will have to use an engineering process to prototype and create an object that can defy gravity.  Traditional and non-traditional materials will change their senses and force students to be creative mini-makers!

 

Ages 8-10: Maker: Spark Art

Maker Education Initiatives Program

Maximum Capacity: 25

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics

What happens when you mix simple circuits with forces and motion?  You spark some interesting art!  Inspired by the Maker Education Initiative, this student-led class will empower young makers to test their knowledge and skills in order to create their very own drawing robot!  Students are encouraged to make as many mistakes as needed in order to define and solve the problems that lay before them.  Throughout this critical thinking project, students will use the engineering design process to test the strengths and weaknesses of their artistic robots.

 

Ages 11-12: BioLab: Dissection du Jour

Maximum Capacity: 15

Science

Delve into the vital machines that keep our bodies running!  We will explore the inner workings of one of several organs (including heart, lung, or eye) taken from animals with a mammalian anatomy.  Students will wield forceps, probe, and scalpel to gain a deeper understanding of human organs, their structure, and their functions through a guided dissection and analysis.  We will look at these organs and their roles in the context of the greater human body system.

 

Friday, January 2, 2015

No classes will be held due to this date’s proximity to a holiday.  However, EdVenture programming is available through the Winter Camps the museum will be hosting at this time!

 

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.

 

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 h>ow 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!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!