Science Center of Iowa: Little Learners STEM Programs

Science Center of Iowa: Little Learners STEM Programs

Little Learners: Invest in a great start with STEM programs

Our littles today are tomorrow’s inventors and problem solvers. So how can we, as parents, help our young explorers get off to a great start?

It starts with our own mindset! Research shows that adult caregivers are critical in the education trajectory of their young children. Our attitudes and values directly influence our children more than anything else in their schooling years. But where to start?

Pint Size Science, Science Center of Iowa

Early childhood programs developed by the Science Center of Iowa (SCI) empower caregivers to gain confidence in science content, overcome misconceptions and provide easy ways to incorporate these concepts into their daily lives. Programs are designed using best practices in early childhood education and focus around STEM concepts – or science, technology, engineering, and math.

They have a few great programs that will spark your kiddo’s curiosity – and maybe even teach parents a thing or two as well!

Pint Size Science and Toddler Edition Classes

Offered two days each month during the school year, these classroom experiences introduce young explorers to science concepts through fun, hands-on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver. Pint Size Science is designed for children ages 3 to 5, and Toddler Edition classes are for littles ages 20 months to 3 years. Register early – because classes fill quickly!

Pint Size Science, Science Center of Iowa

Summer and Winter Camps

Science camps help children form friendships and develop a love for science early on. The SCI Preschool operates Summer and Winter Camps as well as full-day summer classes to encourage children to explore how and why things happen and discover the answers through experimentation. Winter Camps are scheduled for December 27-28 and January 2-4 this year.

Family STEM Institute

The newest of SCI’s early childhood programs, Family STEM Institute provides families with tools and tips to incorporate educational learning into their daily lives. Evening workshops are open to families with children ages 0 to 8. This year’s Family STEM Institute workshops are on December 4 (Classifying Creatures), February 28 (Exploring Engineering) and April 16 (Bits and Bots). Pre-registration is required.

Pint Size Science, Science Center of Iowa

To learn more about the Science Center of Iowa’s early childhood programs, visit www.sciowa.org/earlychildhood


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Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

20 thoughts on “Science Center of Iowa: Little Learners STEM Programs

  1. We love the science center. My oldest stayed overnight there a month ago and had a blast! When we visit we can spend hours checking out new exhibits and old favorites!

  2. The star theater is awesome.

  3. Emily Bainter says:

    My kiddo absolutely LOVES the Science Center! I will have to check out the Pint Size Science class for him.

  4. We love pint size science! Such a fun class.

  5. My kids love the food area and building legos cars! Would love to try the pint size science classes sometime.

  6. Angela Covalt says:

    It would be nice if the costs of each program were included along with the days/times.

  7. My kids love the science center! Especially the room upstairs with the rocket launch, legos car race, and egg drop.

  8. We haven’t actually been to the science center with kids yet- looking forward to exploring everything with them!

  9. We haven’t been to the science center with our kids yet – looking forward to exploring everything with them!

  10. The science center is perfect for the winter time. I also love the small discoveries area that is perfect for both my 6 yr old and 2 yr old.

  11. Melissa Shafer says:

    The tri-membership is such a great deal!

  12. We loved family stem nights last it year!

  13. I’d love to check out some of these programs with my kids!

  14. My kids love doing all the different activities they like watching the demonstrations and making rockets

  15. We love taking our boys tot he Science Center to see the exhibits and explore. The new Lego exhibit is hands down a favorite and must do – they could spend hours in there!

  16. The little store/kitchen area, and making rockets!

  17. Ann Shanon says:

    So many good things to say about the science center. I would have to pick the rocket building station ??

  18. We love the rocket launch area and the bubbles in the tot area!

  19. Love the age range. Rocket. Building is fun!

  20. We love the Science Center!

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