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The mission of Inventure! Kids’ Science Lab is to promote science and STEM education with an emphasis on having fun; we seek to engage kids in creative problem-solving and asking and answering questions.
Inventure! Kids' Science Lab started with science play dates at Amanda and William's home. The kids had a blast and so did the adults. In March, 2013 we opened a retail site 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 the site in October, 2015 to concentrate on mobile events. Check out the pages on this site for some examples of what we do and how we do it. Reach out if you’d like to know more. Every day we ask the same question: What can we discover? It's a fun, never-ending journey. There are so many discoveries to be made and we need the next generation to be in on this journey!
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.
Invisible ink portrait of William, from Olivia
"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.” -Wynne Harlen