STEM class is Saturday

CLINTON — The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center is starting the new year with a unique science class for kids Jan. 12, and registration is now underway.

“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 Jan. 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 Jan. 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 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Afternoon from 2 to 5.

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 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

Today from 2 to 5 p.m. is WOW Wednesday, 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 Jan. 16 – Let’s Talk About Peace; Jan. 23 – Making PomPom Hedgehogs; and Jan. 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 adults, 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.

Funtime Friday

Friday 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 Jan. 18 – Winnie the Pooh Day on A.A. Milne’s Birthday; and Jan. 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, Jan. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Discovery Center is located at 332 Eighth Ave. South, Clinton. The center is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 per person ages 2 to 64, $3 per person ages 65 and older, free for children one and younger, and free for members of the children’s museum.

For more information on the children’s museum and its programs, call 243-3600, email info@adlerdiscoverycenter.org, or message them on Facebook at Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center.