STEM activities incorporate fun eclipse education for children in N. Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Bend was the place to be for children to learn about the Solar Eclipse in a fun way.

Kathy Kackley, the program director for the North Charleston Parks and Recreation, said they were slipping some education into the fun day.

"The kids are excited about it! Lots of summer camps and programs have been promoting the eclipse all summer as well as safety. It's something they're not going to see for a very long time so we're excited they all came today."

Eclipse day in North Charleston started off hot and sweaty, but it soon became breezy and a little dark. The rain held out until after the moments of totality.

More than 3,000 people stuck out the heat in North Charleston to watch the eclipse together, said The Bend's Owner Susan Pearlstine.

"I've spent 2017 trying to establish this as a place where the community can come together. Having the Eclipse open for everybody to come is just the exclamation point for that!" she said.

The Bend was formerly run-down town homes that were eventually torn down. Pearlstine now owns the property and is transforming it into to a community space.

Today, they collaborated with the City of North Charleston, CARTA, Boeing and NASA for activities.

A mix between Dr. Dre and Dr. Seuss, Grammy award-winning Secret Agent 63 Skidoo set the stage to provide kid-friendly music for the event.

There were science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities provided throughout the day. The goal was to get young people interested in those fields.

Bubble lessons, launch machines, NASA tents and eclipse magazines kept little ones occupied while waiting for the evolution of light to darkness.

The entire event was focused on kids and educating them while having fun waiting for the eclipse.

"I think it's cool and it's really good that we can see it in person." Symphony Middleton said.

Middleton and many others were thrilled during the darkness.

The biggest event held at The Bend before today brought in approximately 400 people. Pearlstine said that was easily surpassed on Monday with a crowd of 3,000 people.

Families were present from Georgia, Florida and even from international locations such as Venezuela.

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