• Explorers: Curate Your Own Collection

    Date: February 01, 2020

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center





    Has your child ever wanted to design their own museum exhibit? They can begin their journey to designing museum exhibits with the exciting youth workshop, Explorers: Curate Your Own Collection, on Feb. 1 for Grades 2-5!

    Bring three items from your personal collection to the Explorers workshop and learn how to curate your own exhibit.

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers (Grades 2-5) & Explorers Jr. (Pre-K – 1st grade) workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 
     
    This workshop is $11 for Putnam Members and $14 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required! Sign up online, or register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933.
     

    ABOUT EXPLORERS/EXPLORERS JR.


    For more information, contact Education Services Coordinator Bridget Boyd-Carlson at 563-336-7308 or email bboyd-carlson@putnam.org.

    Check out the full season Explorers schedule and learn what opportunities are open for Explorers Jr. in Pre-K through 1st Grade!
     
    Drop off begins at 8:45 a.m.


  • Oceans Sensory-Friendly Showing

    Date: February 09, 2020

    Time: 2:00 p.m.

    Location: PUTNAM MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER





    Reveal the untold stories of the ocean's most astonishing creatures with a sensory-friendly showing of Oceans: Our Blue Planet on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 p.m.

    What is sensory-friendly? It’s a movie modified to be “friendlier” to the senses. Changes to the environment and film experience include: dimmed but not turned off theater lights, lower volume, all movies in 2D, little to no trailers before the movie and handicapped access to theater.

    Guests of all ages have the freedom to move around and make noise during the show, as well as bring in outside food and drink to suit their dietary needs! This ticket gives patrons access to the film in the theater as well as “chill out zones” if any patron feels the need to leave the theater and calm down in a quiet area. 

    Tickets are $5 per person (with discount code ASQC at checkout) and are available HERETickets include movie showing and sensory-friendly activities afterwards.
     
    Sensory-friendly films at the Putnam are proudly supported by the Autism Society of the Quad Cities. The Autism Society of America, the national chapter, aided in suggesting the guidelines set in place for the theater showings. 

    For more information on autism sensory-friendly film showings on the GIANT screen, call 563-324-1933.

  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

    Date: February 18, 2020

    Time: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Location: PUTNAM MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER


    OPEN TO AREA CLASSES ONLY — Students will learn from engineers during an inspirational day dedicated to giving girls the opportunity to discover and explore science and engineering on Tuesday, Feb. 18!

    Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day returns to the Putnam, giving 4th- and 5th-grade girls the chance to explore STEM topics through fun, interactive challenges during this empowering and memorable day.

    Registration is CLOSED for this invitation-only event.

    Fees for participating classes are generously sponsored by Bush Construction!

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  • FunBundle Friday

    Date: January 24, 2020

    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: Putnam & QC Botanical Center


    Enter for a chance to win a FREE FunBundle, which gives your family memberships to the Quad City Botanical Center, Niabi Zoo and the Putnam, only on Jan. 24, at participating locations!
     
    For one day only, visit either the Putnam or Quad City Botanical Center to enter for a chance to win on FunBundle Friday!

    Can’t make it out? You can still join the fun. When you purchase a FunBundle on Jan. 24 using the code FUNWINTER you’ll get 15% off your FunBundle or FunBundle+. That’s savings ON TOP of savings. 
     
    What’s a FunBundle, you ask? It’s your all-in-one membership to three Quad City favorites: the Botanical Center, Niabi Zoo and the Putnam Museum. It comes with tons of perks: 

         • One year FREE admission to all three locations. 
         • Access to member-only events. 
         • 10%+ discount to gift shops, concessions, education programs, and more. 
         • Free and discounted admission to zoos, museums and gardens nationwide. 

    Learn more and see the full list of perks at funbundleqc.com!

    NOTE: Niabi Zoo is closed to the public during the Jan. 24 giveaway. See their hours: www.niabizoo.com.

  • Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

    Date: February 15, 2020

    Time: Check-in at 10 a.m. | Competition at 1 p.m.

    Location: PUTNAM MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER





    Use teamwork and problem-solving skills to dream up and build your own working Rube Goldberg machine during the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Saturday, Feb. 15! The winning team advances in this nationwide competition.

    Register your team of up to 14 students to compete in this test of engineering, creativity and cooperation, open to ages 8-11 (Live Apprentice); 11-14 (Division I) and 14-18 (Division II). Registration is $395 per team, and cut-off for registration is Jan. 31.

    Questions? Contact Dave Elmore at delmore@putnam.org or call 563-324-1933Read the Rule Book.
     

    Get registered!


    Whether your in a science club, youth group or collective of outside-the-box thinkers, the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest challenges you to build your own functional contraption — and 2020 is the first year the contest is being held in the Quad Cities!

    Note: All competitions are held at the same time on Feb. 15.

    • Click Here to register your team for Live Apprentice (ages 8-11)
    Click Here to register your team for Division I (ages 11-14)
    Click Here to register your team for Division II (ages 14-18)
     

    contest Schedule 


    10 a.m.: Setup begins.
    At load-in: Teams submit five copies of their Step List. Diagrams and pictures may be included in this description.
    Once machines are loaded in: Team Leaders step away from machine and out of the 14'x14' taped-off team area. Any non-team member assisting in set up of the machine will cause the team to incur a penalty!
    12:30 p.m.: Team Leader meeting.
    12:40 p.m.: All machines must be set up and area surrounding them cleared.
    1 p.m.: Contest begins. (Length of contest dependent on number of participating teams. Approximate time per team is 24 minutes.)

    who is rube?


    RUBE GOLDBERG (1883-1970) was a cartoonist, an inventor, and the only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. Of the nearly 50,000 cartoons he drew in his lifetime, Rube is best known for the zany contraptions of Professor Butts. These inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible.
     
    Rube Goldberg lives on in pop culture and is referenced daily in both print and digital media. His name is searchable, hash-taggable, and at best viral. But nowhere is his legacy more celebrated than through the competitions that bear his name. Learn more at rubegoldberg.com!

    can i watch the competition?


    Yes. Anyone is welcome to watch the competition for free in the Grand Lobby!

  • Storytime in the GIANT Screen Theater: "The Snowy Day"

    Date: January 24, 2020

    Time: 10:15 a.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center


    A snowy day can be a bummer — but not if you are able to go outside and play in the cold, beautiful and fluffy snow!
     
    Join a Putnam Educator on Friday, Jan. 24, for a FREE Story Time, featuring “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats read on the Putnam's GIANT Screen! This timeless children's book follows Peter who's filled with wonder when his neighborhood is blanketed during the season's first snowfall.
     
    Stick around after the reading for a fun craft activity you and your child can't miss!
     
    NOTE: Story Time is FREE, but we ask that you arrive with plenty of time to sign in and find a seat. Late arrivals will not be permitted in the theater.
     
    This event is recommended for children ages 3-6. Parents must attend with their child.

    Questions? Call the Putnam at 563-324-1933 for more information.

  • Discovery Dome: "Two Small Pieces of Glass"

    Date: February 01, 2020

    Time: 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

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    Do you know the history behind the telescope? Join us on Saturday, Feb. 1 for "Two Small Pieces of Glass" in the Discovery Dome!

    This film shows the history of the telescope from the time of Galileo, the impact upon the science of astronomy and how both shape the way we view ourselves in the midst of an infinite universe. 

    "Two Small Pieces of Glass" explains concepts ranging from Galileo's act of revealing the cosmos with a simple telescope, to the latest discoveries in space, including life on other planets and dark energy.

    The Dome experience is fully immersive, and viewers are presented with videos and images from a 360-degree projector in front, behind, above and on both sides of their seat. Everyone is able to partake in the Discovery Dome experience as the dome has a full-size stand-up door which guests can walk through; no crawling or shoe removal is necessary. The door is also wheelchair accessible.

    “Two Small Pieces of Glass” will play at 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

    Price:
    $4 for Discovery Dome by itself
    $2.50 Discovery Dome add-on to exhibit admission

    To purchase tickets, visit the Putnam ticketing counter the day of the show.

    About the Discovery Dome
    The Discovery Dome is an airlock dome that simulates space age technology — giving guests an "out of this world" experience! Whether it’s soaring through the galaxy or driving monster trucks on the moon, the Discovery Dome takes audiences on a journey not possible anywhere else.


  • Explorers Jr.: Heroes with Four Legs

    Date: February 01, 2020

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center





    Does your child know the many jobs our four-legged heroes do so well? Test their knowledge on Feb. 1 with Explorers Jr.: Heroes with Four Legs — for Pre-K through 1st Grade!*

    They say "dogs are man's best friend!" but they are so much more than that! This workshop is sure to grow your child's appreciation for canine companions in our community! 

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers (Grades 2-5) & Explorers Jr. (Pre-K – 1st grade) workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 
     
    This workshop is $11 for Putnam Members and $14 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required! Sign up onlineor register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933.
     

    ABOUT EXPLORERS/EXPLORERS JR.


    For more information, contact Education Services Coordinator Bridget Boyd-Carlson at 563-336-7308 or email bboyd-carlson@putnam.org.

    Check out the full season Explorers Jr. schedule and learn what opportunities are open for Explorers in Grades 2-5!
     
    Drop off begins at 8:45 a.m. 
     
    * Students must be at least 4 years old.

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