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UNION — A group of children got to use miniature catapults and take part in other activities designed to teach them about “the forces of the world in motion” when EdVenture came to the Union County Carnegie Library Tuesday morning.

Located at 211 Gervais St., Columbia, EdVenture shares its campus with the South Carolina State Museum. According to its website (edventure.org), the mission of EdVenture is to “inspire children, youth, and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning” and its vision is to “create new generations of lifelong learners.”

EdVenture’s target audience is “children 12 and younger, families, teachers, caregivers and anyone who has a child’s best interest at heart.”

To reach to that audience, EdVenture reaches out to the children of South Carolina “through a variety of field trips and outreach programs.” One of those programs came to Union Tuesday morning when EdVenture’s Katie Silvanic brought “Motion Commotion with Ms. Katie” to the front steps of the Union County Carnegie Library.

Using a variety of activities and props, Silvanic taught the children participating in the program about “the forces of motion of the world in motion.” In one exercise, the children used miniature catapults to launch objects through the air. In another they raced along on scooters and, finally, divided into two groups to engage in a tug-of-war exercise. All these activities were designed to teach them about such subjects as push versus pull, mass versus weight, gravity, friction, and inertia.

Library Director Ben Loftis said that Tuesday’s event was part of the library’s STEM-based Summer Reading Program.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is an educational initiative designed to provide students with a solid background in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Its goal is to help students develop the critical thinking skills that will enable them to successfully compete in the increasingly knowledge-based global economy of the 21st century.

Loftis said EdVenture’s visit to the library was sponsored by a grant from the SC State Library.

The Summer Reading Program runs through the end of July with the following activities on the following dates:

June 24 — Teens Ages 12-17 — 1-3 p.m. — Making soap. Snacks served.

June 30 — Family Event — 10-10:45 a.m. — The Wacky World of Science with Ronald McDonald.

July 8 — Ages 2-5 — 2-3:30 p.m. — Movie: Sid the Science Kid. Snacks served.

July 14 — Ages 6-11 — 1-2:30 p.m. — Making “Elephant Toothpaste” Science Experiment.

July 17 — Ages 2-5 — 2-3:30 p.m. — Science Experiments. Volcanoes and Making Foam Dough.

July 21 — Ages 2 -5 — 10-11:30 a.m. — Come for a “Lego Party.” Build a Robot or whatever you want. Snacks served.

July 22 — Ages 6-11 — 10 a.m.-Noon — Come for a “Lego Party.” Build a Robot or whatever you want. Snacks served.

Children under 12 who participate in the program must have a parent present at all times.

For more information about the children’s portion of the Summer Reading Program call 864-427-7140, Ext 302.

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