DAVENPORT (Sept. 4, 2018) — Putnam Explorers and Explorers Jr. workshops are returning again this year to the Putnam Museum and Science Center beginning September 8. Intended to highlight topics in a fun and interactive way for children in Pre-K* through 5th grade, workshops occur monthly to provide informal enrichment activities. From exploring oceans to astronaut training, there’s something for every young science lover.

“We know that eighty-five percent of people – young and old – learn better with the help of hands-on activities,” Octavia Houtekier-Boyd, Vice President of Education at the Putnam, said. “Our Explorers and Explorers Jr. workshops provide participants with these important, firsthand experiences while allowing them to explore the museum and its exhibits.”

Classes for both Explorers and Explorers Jr. will meet on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required for all programs as there are a limited number of reservations available. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m.

2018 – 2019 Explorers & Explorers Jr. Workshops include:

Chemical Concoctions

Saturday, September 8 – What’s brewing in the kitchen? Science! Join us to discover the concoctions we can make with chemistry.

Ocean Exploration

Saturday, October 6 – Did you know that we know more about the surface of the moon than the ocean? Come explore with us!

Astronaut Training Camp

Saturday, November 3 – Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? See if you’re up to snuff at our training camp.

World Travelers

Saturday, January 5 – Have you ever had tea in China? Or a scones and clotted cream in England? Pack your bag and join us as we travel around the world to explore life on other continents.

Small Engineers; Big Ideas

Saturday, February 2 – Short or tall, big or small, the size of your body has nothing to do with the size of your ideas. What will you create?

Tinker Thinking

Saturday, March 2 – Are you a tinkerer? Like finding out how things work? Let’s see what you can create or re-create.

Rock, Paper, Fossils?

Saturday, April 6 – Dig into a variety of activities that will satisfy your inner paleontologist!

May the 4th be with YOU!

Saturday, May 4 – What was the gravitational force of the Death Star? How did speed racers fly? Come figure out these Star Wars physics problems.

Fall and spring programs are $14 per program ($11 for Putnam members). Reservations for both fall and spring seasons are available now.

Spots for Putnam Explorers (Grades 2 – 5) and Explorers Jr. (Pre-K* – 1st Grade) fill up quickly, so be sure to register today. To register for workshops, visit www.putnam.org/Education/ResourcesForParents/PutnamExplorers or call 563-324-1933. For more information about the workshops, contact the Putnam Museum Education Department at education@putnam.org.

*Child must be age 4 by Sept. 30, 2018.

About the Putnam

Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for 150 years. And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family. Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, “touch the untouchable” in our Augmented Reality Experience, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a tree house in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie and People. Also experience internationally recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our GIANT Screen Theater with a screen towering six stories tall. Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, visit putnam.org.

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