Owl Prowl at the Cottonwood Trail

Owl Prowl at the Cottonwood Trail

Meet at 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 18th to call for owls on the Cottonwood Trail at the Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve in Spartanburg, SC. Park at the Beechwood Drive entrance to the Cottonwood Trail. Dr. Jon Storm from USC Upstate will lead the hike and talk about local owls. The event will last from 6:30 – 7:15 pm, weather permitting. Please remember to bring your own flashlights.  There is a suggested donation of $3 for adults and it is free for children and members of the Spartanburg Science Center and SPACE. 100% of the proceeds will go towards educational programs at the Spartanburg Science Center.

Third Saturday Event – Palmetto Trail

Third Saturday Event – Palmetto Trail

Join us for a guided nature hike on the USC Upstate passage of the Palmetto Trail. Meet at 9:00 am on Saturday, January 21st on the USC Upstate campus in Spartanburg. Park on the northeast corner of campus in the lot on North Campus Boulevard near the intersection with East Campus Boulevard. This parking lot (lot 18) is free for use by the public and it is just across North Campus Boulevard from the dormitories. Click here for a USC Upstate campus map.

The Education Director of the Spartanburg Science Center, Peter Lembcke, and Dr. Jon Storm from USC Upstate will lead the hike from 9:00-10:30 am, weather permitting. The hike has a suggested donation of $3 for adults and it is free for children and members of the Spartanburg Science Center. 100% of the proceeds will go towards educational programs at the Spartanburg Science Center.

Winter Break Camps

Winter Break Camps

If you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids while school is out, from December 19-21, we’re going to be having day camps at the science center for 5K – 5th grade students.

On Monday, December 19th, we’re having STEM Grab Bag, where we’ll have a variety of different experiments, activities with magnets, and some engineering activities, including a Lego challenge build session.

On Tuesday, December 20th, the theme is I’m Not Afraid of the Dark – we’ll have Starlab programs, and lessons on space, caves (and some of the animals that live in them), and the deep ocean, as well as showing some glow in the dark animals and minerals.

For Wednesday, December 21st, the theme is Animals – we’ll talk about Reptiles, Amphibians, Sharks, Dinosaurs, Invertebrates, Animal Intelligence – whatever the kids want to learn about! Kids will get to hold or touch a variety of animals, watch some videos, and enjoy some other animal-related activities.

Camps will be offered in morning or afternoon half sessions from 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 for $20 a session/child, or $35 for a full day (please remember to pack a lunch for your child for all-day sessions!)

Please reserve your space by contacting Mary at (864) 583-2777 – space is limited! Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you!

Walk With A Biologist

Walk With A Biologist

Walk With A Biologist

Saturday, November 19, 2016  9:30 – 11:00am

Join Dr. Jon Storm and the center’s Peter Lembcke for a nature walk along the Cottonwood Trail.  Come see and learn about some of the plants, animals, and other organisms that use this urban green area as their home.

Meet at the Beechwood Dr. parking lot of the Cottonwood Trail.

This event is free for all ages.

Teacher Work Day Camp – October 21st

Teacher Work Day Camp – October 21st

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Parents,

Remember Friday, October 21, 2016 is a Teacher Work Day in Spartanburg County.  We are a great place for your child to come during the day!  We keep the STEM learning going, the day moves fast as the students learn about amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates!  There are many new species in the Spartanburg Science Center and your child will see and experience all of them!  Our new Educational Director, Peter Lembcke, will take your child into a world of Biology!  Space is limited so call and reserve a spot.  If your child stays all day, remember to pack a lunch.  There will be a supervised lunch and exploration of the science center until the afternoon session begins!

Contact us if you have any questions!  This is a great opportunity for your child to add to their STEM knowledge and spend a great day out of school at the same time!  You must register your child as slots are limited.  Call 864-583-2777 x238 to reserve a slot.  Payment may be mailed in or dropped by!

TEACHER WORKDAY CAMP! October 21, 2016

TEACHER WORKDAY CAMP! October 21, 2016

Need a Babysitter and would rather have your child in a STEM/STEAM Learning Experience?

Be prepared for the first teacher workday of the new school year! The Spartanburg Science Center will be holding a camp on that Friday!  Space will be limited so plan ahead!  Send your child with a bag lunch and they will experience a day of science.  This includes hands-on and minds-on experiences!  All school age children are welcomed, K-6th grade.  Check our website for the topics!  There will be one from 9 am -12 pm, lunch from 12-1pm and then a second topic from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  The entire day is only $60.

Call and book your space NOW!

THIRD Saturday Series at the Spartanburg Science Center

THIRD Saturday Series at the Spartanburg Science Center

The Spartanburg Science Center offers events throughout the year on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  These hands-on activities are free to the public.  This is a wonderful time for family time in the Spartanburg Science Center.  We offer many events for the entire family.  Third Saturday events have been very popular with kids of all ages, parents, grandparents and children.  Make sure that you check our website for upcoming events every month.  No matter what the weather, the Science Center has educational learning and fun for the entire family!  Many families find that the programs offered at the Spartanburg Science Center are educational and fun for all.  You can alsways speak to a Science Center representative to find out new programs, camps and events.

We are available for unique and different birthday parties on Saturdays as well as programs. Make a gift to your child’s classroom and teacher by scheduling our Educational Director to present a program in the school classroom.  What a wonderful gift of science education and fun all rolled into one.  Come and experience the science center and catch the excitement of the kids!

 

The lineup for this semester is:

 

September 17th –A Day As A Doctor with Students from VCOM 12:30-2:00 PM

October 22nd—National Chemistry Week with Students from USC-Upstate 11:00-2:00 PM

November 19th—Walk with a Biologist on the Cottonwood Trail—Peter Lembcke and Jon Storm

December 10th—Meet our Robotic Raptors FLL Team and Learn about being on a competitive team 11:00 -2:00 pm  Ask all questions!

Robotics Club for Kids

Robotics Club for Kids

 

The Spartanburg Science Center offers a Robotics Club for Kids two Mondays every month during the school year.  It is from 4:00 -5:30 pm in the science center.  Kids work with a certified teacher to learn all about robotics and their development and use.  Legos are used during this camp to design and create robots that complete different tasks assigned.  Parents can watch what is happening via a website that is only for camp members and their parents.

With STEM and STEAM being the focus of many elementary schools, this club offers creative and individual learning.  Our challenges are based on problem solving and correlation to books that kids have read.  From this club, we form Jr. FLL Lego Robotic teams that compete in March at Chapman Cultural Center sponsored by the Spartanburg Science Center. It is not a requirement to join the team, just those interested.  We strive to offer the widest variety of robotics in the area.  It is hands-on learning at its best!

This is the second year for our club. It is for girls and boys, ages 6-10 years old that are interested in Legos, Robotics, Engineering and fun!  Many of our club members have siblings that attend ballet or art classes.  Please call for more information or come by and see for yourself on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm.