Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League Showcase -Saturday, April 9

In celebration of the 7th Annual National Robotics Week, April 2 – 10,  2016,  the Putnam Museum & Science Center will be hosting the Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League Showcase. Children between the age of 6 and 9 will be presenting their projects in the Grand Lobby.   Jr. FLL Teams of up to 6 children and an adult mentor receive a mini challenge, based on the annual FLL research project. Jr.FLL introduces children to the concepts of teamwork and basic design skills, creating an initial interest and hands-on approach to science and technology through the familiarity and fun of LEGO building.  The showcase gives the teams the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned and prepares them for the next level of FIRST® LEGO® League.

For more information about Jr FLL and FLL, go to www.firstlegoleague.org.

Putnam Museum - Landscaping Face Lift!! Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10 AM


Scott County Master Gardeners, Ray Wolf and Faye Waterman, are organizing and leading a project to clean up and redesign our landscaping areas in front of our facility and along our entrance way.  We truly appreciate the time and effort both Ray and Faye, along with fellow Master Gardeners, are willing to dedicate to this project.
The first step is spring clean-up!  The Master Gardeners will lead the way and they would love to have you join them.  It’s an opportunity to get our clean-up done and, at the same time, for our volunteers to learn from the Master Gardeners.
The clean-up day is currently set for Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10 AM.  The rain date is set for Sunday, April 10.
All volunteers are welcome to join in on the fun.  Many hands make light work. If you have children who are interested in gardening – they are welcome to join you as well. We estimate a couple hours of work – depending on the number of people to help.
Volunteers should bring gloves, clippers, rakes, and weeding tools. 
Please send a message to Facility Manager, Darren Chandler, at dchandler@putnam.org if you are able to join us.

World Adventure Series: Rediscovering Ancient America - Tuesday, April 12, 1 & 7 PM (Final travelogue of the 2015 - 2016 season)

Presented by Gray Warriner
Travel across the US and back in time to rediscover the Ancient America found in our own back yards! Around 1600 BC, Louisiana's Poverty Point became the first planned city in Ancient America. For the next 3000 years, mound building became an obsession with the native peoples of eastern North America.  Around the time of Christ, Ohio's Hopewell Culture moved thousands of tons of earth to build giant geometric earthworks in the forms of squares, circles, and octagons. Visit Serpent Mound, theMarching Bears of Iowa's Effigy Mounds, and giant earthen birds in Wisconsin. Uncover the magnificent cities of the Mississippians of 1000 years ago.
Moundville, Alabama was the ancient Atlanta of the South!  In Florida, towering temple mounds overlooked turquoise waters. Out West, spectacular scenery is the background for exploring cliff dwellings and Pueblo towns, such as Lost City in Nevada, Mesa Verde, Bandelier, Wupatki, and Canyon de Chelly. From the desert dwellers of the Mojave to Wyoming's Medicine Wheel and the defiant, resourceful tribes of the Northern Plains, uncover our hidden history while Rediscovering Ancient America.

Call 563-324-1933 to pre-register. Tickets available same day as well.

Friday Family Night: (IRS) ISIS RAMSES SETI -  Friday, April 15, 5 - 8:30 PM

How can you make dealing with the IRS a fun family affair? When it’s Egyptian I.R.S. Family Night at the TUTnam! Learn all about Isis, Ramses, and Seti, the Egyptian I.R.S when you visit and watch Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaoh 3D on the GIANT Screen.

Meet the one and only Isis Neferit who will be reincarnated to tell the stories of Ramses II and Seti I. There will be hands on activities, “mummification” demos and fun photo opportunities. It is sure to be a nile-riffic night!