Examine, Investigate, Create, Invent in Putnam Explorers

Life coach and Remembering to Play founder, Vince Gowman once said, “Education begins the moment we see children as innately wise and capable beings. Only then can we play along in their world.” 

Children learn by playing, doing, and creating.  When teachers, parents, and family members believe in children’s knowledge they can connect, understand, and truly be apart of a child’s world. Those hands-on exploration experiences that a child shares with you will be some of the most important moments in a child’s development — moments that should be encouraged, instigate discussion, and explanation for further learning.

Starting in the new year, the Putnam Museum and Science Center in Davenport offers a chance for children to continue their hands-on learning experiences by “…examining, investigating, creating and inventing” and sharing their thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and experiences with their parents after the program.

Through their Explorers and Explorers Jr. programs, children are able to dive into multiple child-friendly exploration learning experiences that relate to STEM and other content areas.

Explorers and Explorers Jr. Program Events:

The Wild Ocean: Saturday, January 6 • 9:00 to 11:00 am

Dream Big: Design Challenges: Saturday, February 3 • 9:00 to 11:00 am

Under Construction: Bridges: Saturday, March 3 • 9:00 to 11:00 am

Wilderness Awareness: Saturday, April 7 • 9:00 to 11:00 am

Falling on the first weekend of each month, this next season of the Explorers program begins in January and ends in April with information for the next session coming at a later date.

Please note that there are limited seats in these workshops, and registration for the program is required. The cost of the workshop is $11/person for Putnam members, and $14/person for those who are not members of the museum. Scholarship opportunities may be available. For more information, visit the Putnam website or call (563) 324-1933.


About the author

Katy Williams As a life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is an Elementary Education major working on Reading and ESL/ELL endorsements at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. She loves running, traveling, cooking, HGTV, working with kids, spending time with her fiance, Austin, and her family & friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. She has been a published writer from a very young age, and now serves as Radish Magazine contributor and a writing tutor.

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