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The mission of Inventure! Kids’ Science Lab is to engage young minds, foster collaboration, and inspire innovation.
Inventure! Kids' Science Lab started in the living room. William and Amanda threw a few science parties with friends and neighbors.The kids had a blast and so did the adults. In March, 2013 we opened a retail space to continue the party. We brought in a truculent bunny, baby lab rats, geckos, snakes both large and small, an aquarium featuring the largest snail in town and other oddities, giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, myriad larvae and other critters. We built rockets, had fun with motor madness, even did stuff with chemicals that had never been done in recorded history. At least not that we know of! The clean-up was ridiculous. Good times!
We closed shop in October, 2015 to concentrate on offsite events. Check out the pages on this site for some examples. Additionally, we’re designing a line of kits called STEM-Winders™. Ever had a science kit with missing items, defective experiments, frustrating instructions, et cetera? So have we. No more! Each “kit” comes with a music video showing both how to do the activity and exemplifying an important process skill, such as perseverance, collaboration, and creativity.
Reach out if you’d like to know more. Every day we ask the same question: What can we discover? Turns out the fun is in the journey, more so than any answer!
A groundbreaking educator and science writer, William has written/edited seven best-selling science textbooks and dozens of digital and print products for nationally-known publishers. As founder of a nonprofit organization, William designed, field-tested, and distributed bilingual educational games that introduced young people to the spirit and practice of inquiry and invention. Today he works with teachers and learners of all ages offering curriculum design support and STEM training seminars. He also develops content for a diverse portfolio of education companies and nonprofits. William is registered with Upper Arlington Public Schools as a volunteer and holds a current Ohio teaching license (endorsement in elementary/middle grades general science education/HS biology).
An inclusion advocate with a degree in Women's Studies, Amanda brings to Inventure! her extensive experience in operations, procurement, accounting, human resources, and supply chain management. Amanda became interested in curriculum and pedagogy as a volunteer in Columbus public schools. In her capacity as a Peer Power instructor, she designed and implemented lessons that empowered middle school students by dispelling stereotypes and promoting self-esteem.
"We guide the discovery of questions more than answers. Kids need opportunities to flex their creativity, build confidence, and practice problem-solving. That’s what we provide."
"We’re passionate about science and learning. We recognize that getting kids engaged with STEAM (that’s STEM with an “A” for the arts) enrichment serves as a springboard to multidisciplinary learning. We believe deeply in the opportunity for children to learn through their own discovery, curiosity, and trial and error."
"Science is the search for, rather than the answer to, our questions of why and how.”