• Children's Discovery Center Offers Super Saturday STEM Class

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    January 04, 2019
    The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum," is starting the new year with a unique science class for kids on Saturday, January 12, and registration is now being taken.  “Engineering with Wind Turbines” is available for children in second through sixth grades.  Other weekly programming that requires no preregistration includes WOW Wednesday, where art takes center stage with a cardinal painting. Then, slither on in to Funtime Friday to learn about Herpetology with Miss Jessica. Also, Sundays with Miss Jean is this week on Sunday, January 13.

    Super Saturday STEM Challenge: Engineering with Wind Turbines
    Register your child today for the Super Saturday STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Challenge, on Saturday, January 12, featuring alternative energy engineering with wind turbines. The class is open to students currently in second through sixth grades.  Participants may choose from two sessions: Morning 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Afternoon: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. During this class, your child will become a wind energy engineer and learn about this form of producing power. Students will work in teams to design, build, and test blades for wind turbines. This class will end with free time to play at the Discovery Center. The class is offered in partnership with the ATEEC (Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center) of the Eastern Iowa Community College District, and will be led by Director Heather Ballou. The cost includes all materials and admission to the museum and is $9 per student, and $8 each for students who are Discovery Center members. This class can fulfill various Scouting requirements for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts.  Contact the Discovery Center to find out more about how this unique class relates to Scouting ranks. Registration is open now at the Discovery Center front desk with limited spaces available.
    WOW Wednesday
    Wednesday, January 9, from 2 – 5 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center, sponsored by US Bank Foundation. Learn about cardinals through art as you create a beautiful painting. WOW Wednesday is geared for school-aged kids and their families and is a perfect activity for a holiday vacation day.  WOW Wednesday is drop in with no pre-registration required.

    Upcoming January topics for WOW Wednesday include: January 16 – Let’s Talk About Peace, January 23 – Making PomPom Hedgehogs, January 30 – Magnetic Marble Mazes

    Every WOW Wednesday also brings Miss Jean, a retired teacher who shares chess, juggling and logic puzzles at the Discovery Center. She teaches beginning chess to all, from preschoolers through adult or she will play a strategic game with an opponent to match their skill level. Additionally, she loves to juggle and can teach anyone of any age to become a successful juggler. Also, Sweeney has on hand three large cases of logic puzzles, construction materials, and hands on brain teasers to fascinate any age.  Her new construction set is Joinks, so come check it out.

    Funtime Friday
    Friday, January 11, at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. Leap, slither, and swim your way to the Discovery Center to learn about Herpetology with Miss Jessica from Clinton County Conservation. She’ll be teaching you about this field of study as she shares her love of animals with you. As always, a snack is included. This favorite program is designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups, although all age children are welcome especially during school winter break.

    Upcoming January topics for Funtime Friday include: January 18 – Winnie the Pooh Day on A.A. Milne’s Birthday, January 25 – Bounce in the New Year in the Inflatable Bounce House.

    Sundays with Miss Jean
    Every second and fourth Sunday of the month is Sundays with Miss Jean, and that means she will be here this Sunday, January 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.  Jean Sweeny is a retired teacher who loves to come to the Discovery Center with her bag of intellectual goodies. She brings chess, juggling, and logic puzzles with her to teach and entertain people of all ages and abilities. So, whether you’re just starting out, practiced, or an expert, you’ll love hanging out with Miss Jean as she challenges you to do your best.

    The Discovery Center is located at 332 8th Avenue South in downtown Clinton, Iowa, at the foot of the U.S. 30 Bridge over the mighty Mississippi. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 12:30 to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 per person ages two to 64, $3 per person ages 65 and older, free for children one and younger, and free for members of the children's museum.

    The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center is a non-profit children's museum whose mission is to provide a safe and positive environment for families to discover the world by exploring arts, culture, literacy and science through educational programs and interactive exhibits.

    For more information on the children's museum and its many programs, contact them at (563)
    243-3600, email info@adlerdiscoverycenter.org, or message them on Facebook at Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center.
    Nikki McGinnis, Marketing Coordinator
    (563) 243-3600