Exploratorium Teaser: Rocket Bottles

Exploratorium is by far one of our favorite programs to do.  The element of surprise each week as kids walk in the room, the different hands-on experiences we are able to provide, and more importantly the connections we get to make with parents and their kiddos makes it as enriching for us as it is for them.  This S.T.E.A.M.-based program is one we offer each week when our school district has early release and it is one many families have come to look forward to because there is always something different and exciting.  We cover it all (even Math…gulp)!

 

For me though, I love the science and art side of it.  These areas collide more often than people realize… or at least they can if you allow for it.  The activity we are doing this week was a really fun example of that.  We are talking about friction and movement so I decided to make these Rocket Bottles propelled by friction with strings that run through the rocket. There is plenty of time for kids to turn their rockets into a piece of art before they take it for a test drive so we get to feed their creative side as well.  Take a peek to see how to make a Rocket bottle of your own!

Read for the Win Summer Reading Club

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Summer Reading Club 2016 is almost here!  Don’t miss out!  Sign up starting June 4th to earn prizes, read awesome books, and see amazing performances.  The fun will last through July.  Below is a sneak peek at some of the fun coming your way!  We can’t wait to see you this summer!  Check the Moline Library Website for more information and online registration or stop by and see us!

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Pokemon-palooza! Part 2

We Built this City.

Last Thursday, we hosted a Pokémon-palooza at the Moline Public Library.  About 150 people came out to talk Pokémon, swap cards, compete in our trivia competition, and more!  We had a fantastic time and think that the kids did, too!  Click through for a rundown of what we did, how we did it, and some bonus photos of the fun!  Check out our post from yesterday to see more!  Feel free to use any of our attached ideas and information.  We’re happy to share. Enjoy!

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