DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 9, 2021) — The Putnam Museum and Science Center will host a Gateway to Space Weekend on June 12-13. The event will feature the ISU FLEx, a mobile learning program including virtual reality, 3D printing, augmented reality and more!

The weekend will include expert speakers including Dino Milani (Vice President of Popular Astronomy Club) and Dr Paul Sipiera (Professor Emeritus of Geology and Astronomy from William Rainey Harper College). Outside visitors will be able to explore the Popular Astronomy Club Mobile Observatory (PACMO) while inside visitors will enjoy activities from the Popular Astronomy Club, Quad Cities Astronomical Society, ChalkBites VR, as well as Putnam Education Team. With the purchase of movie tickets, space themed films will be available in the Putnam’s GIANT Screen Theater.

“The Putnam ignites human potential and inspires our diverse community to learn about and care for our world Putnam President/CEO Rachael Mullins said. “This event does just that by sparking interest in STEM careers for youth and helping all visitors understand our place in the universe.”

This event is made possible thanks to NASA and The Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Event admission is included in the price of general admission — which will be $5 that weekend in celebration of QC Museum Week. Through the Putnam’s new Museums for All program, admission is $1 per person for households (up to 2 adults and 3 children) with the presentation of an EBT card. Admission is free for members.

For more information, visit www.putnam.org/Calendar/Gateway-to-Space.

About the Putnam

The Putnam Museum brings to life a sense of place, time, and purpose to ignite human potential and inspire our diverse community to learn about and care for our world and all its people. For more than 150 years, guests have experienced the Putnam’s permanent exhibits like “Unearthing Ancient Egypt” as well as an array of programs. Additionally, internationally-recognized traveling exhibits have been among the museum’s offerings. The Putnam is dedicated to helping guests discover and explore in a friendly and engaging atmosphere.

For more information about events and exhibits, visit www.putnam.org.

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