Young learners can explore STEAM education through Bereskin Gallery’s latest program addition

Exploration and curiosity of learning are two of the most important parts of education. From the moment a child enters this world, their lives are often filled with crawling, walking, look, learning — the list is endless. It’s a natural inhibition to want to learn in a hands-on environment. Even reluctant learners can find something to pique their interest when they are immersed in a safe and relevant learning environment. It begs the question, how can we immerse our children in these programs outside of the classroom walls? To further their need to explore?

The Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, located in Bettendorf, Iowa, created just the plan for that need. Beginning in October, their program steAm: Biology Basics and Beyond will launch as a six-week course to investigate the “science of life” through investigating insects, life cycles, learn a variety of classification methods; habitats and adaptations. At five, six, seven and eight years old, the curiosity of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math peaks, but an all-inclusive and focused learning environment for children to understand really applies all the time.  It’s the same for adults!

Over the six weeks, the following topics will be explored:

Week 1: Insects
Week 2: Life Cycles
Week 3: Classification (Part 1)
Week 4: Classification (Part 2)
Week 5: Habitats
Week 6: Adaptations

The course will take place on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm-7:00pm, starting October 3rd and continuing through November 14th. The registration fee is $125/per child. For more information visit the gallery’s website or call 563-508-4630. The Bereskin Art Gallery is located at 2967 State Street in Bettendorf.

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Katy Williams A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a K-4 ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her fiance and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. She will be getting married to her fiance, Austin, in May 2019. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU.

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