STEM Education

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Parents and other caregivers can nurture this curiosity in children of all ages by engaging in positive discussions, discovery and problem solving in the Putnam Science Center.

The Putnam Science Center is built around supporting STEM concepts. Understanding concepts in STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is a critical component for global success in the 21st century.  Parents and other caregivers play an important role in ensuring that their children have the necessary knowledge and skills in science and technology to become scientifically literate and informed citizens. Parents can encourage children to consider and pursue a science- or technology-related career and to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills that will allow them access to and success in such a career.

Stop by the information desk and ask for a Science Center activity guide. This guide will assist you in asking open-ended questions as well as making exciting observations and sharing fun facts together.  Throughout the Science Center, activities and interactions are designed to foster these discussions in a comfortable and accessible environment.  Using hands-on learning, parents can encourage exploration and problem solving as well as foster innovative and creative discovery with their children. 

STEM educational experiences are available not just in the Science Center but also through organized classes, workshops and camps at the Putnam. Explore the Hubbell-Waterman FabLab through fabricating a keychain together or allow your child to take advantage of the Putnam Explorers program or a “Putnamology” summer camp. By encouraging, guiding and supporting your child’s natural curiosity in STEM education, you are giving them the gift of becoming STEM-literate citizens in the 21st century. Check out our calendar of events for more information.   

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