MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) "What we do doesn't replace what they do at school, it adds to it," says Mad Scientist Owner, Sharon Smith.
At Mad Science Myrtle Beach, this ordinary room transforms into a laboratory and students learn to think like scientists.
"My favorite thing so far is well, everything," says 9-year-old Faith Hancock.
This week they're on a mission as Junior Engineers with the difficult task of making a dome out of newspaper. The first step is rolling, rolling and more rolling!
"When I came here I didn't really think that it would be fun here but then she said we were making a dome. I thought, 'wow, it's going to be more fun than I thought it was going to be'," says Kara Smith.
After learning about tension and compression, the dome begins to take shape.
"Team work is good in science because you get a lot of stuff - the paper rolls- we needed team work in that! There is no "I" in "TEAM"," says Faith Hancock.
But just like any good science experiment, sometimes it comes crashing down.
"The message today is that everything in science is very precise and if you are not exact it will not quite work as well as you would like," says Mad Scientist Owner, Sharon Smith.
Giving these Junior Engineers the critical lesson that their hypothesis won't always be right and sometimes you have to try and try again.
WMBF News Anchor Heather Biance asks Smith to explain the value of a failed attempt. "So there's a message there, even if it's not the one you wanted to give?"
"Yep! And they had fun collapsing it," explains Smith.
Mad Science offers several types of after school programs, camps and birthday party ideas for kids ages six to 12 years old. They service Horry County and eight surrounding counties.