As the new year approaches, registration has opened for the Putnam’s Explorers, a monthly youth enrichment series, which will cover science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) themes, as well as paleontology and anthropology.

The spring semester of the Explorers/Explorers Jr. workshops kick off Jan. 5 with the World Travelers program and continue during the first Saturdays of each month through May 4.

The Explorers program is open to students in Grades 2 through 5, while Explorers Jr. classes are available to Pre-K through first-graders. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate.

“The Explorers series is a blast for students who get the chance to pursue fun topics like space, dinosaurs and culture across the globe, led by the Putnam education team,” said Octavia Houtekier-Boyd, vice president of education with the Putnam. “It’s a win, too, for parents, who can rest assured their children are in a safe environment for a few hours on a Saturday, which may lead to a lifetime fascination with learning.”

Explorers and Explorers Jr. classes run from 9 to 11 a.m., with a check-in period beginning at 8:45. Parents do not need to stay for the program, and they can enroll their students in all five remaining classes or on a class-by-class basis.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming workshops:

· World Travelers, Jan. 5: Have you ever had tea in China? Or 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, Feb. 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, 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? April 6: Dig into a variety of activities that will satisfy your inner paleontologist!

· May the 4th be with YOU! May 4: What was the gravitational force of the Death Star? How did speed racers fly? Come figure out these Star Wars physics problems.

Each class costs $11 for Putnam members and $14 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required, as the number of available reservations is limited.

Spots fill up quickly, so book your student today. For more information, contact Education Services Coordinator Bridget Boyd-Carlson at 563-336-7308 or email

About the Putnam

The 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 the Science Center, “touch the untouchable” in the 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 the 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.

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