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IMNH to hold children’s classes, programs this fall and winter

Posted October 10, 2008

Have you noticed? The leaves are changing colors and our natural world is preparing for winter. Celebrate the fall season with the Idaho Museum of Natural History as it launches an outstanding program of Fall Children’s Classes.

Science Saturdays feature explorations in physics for students in third through fifth grades. Classes include "Spooky Science: Fun with Smoke and Mirrors" on Oct. 25, "Newton’s Laws of Christmas" on Dec. 20, and "Phreaky Phrozen Physics" on Jan. 10.

The Natural History Academy offers scientists of any age an exciting and fun learning experience. With classes for children from first to seventh grades, students will learn about leaves, animal burrows, migration, ladybugs, and how to knap a rock into an arrow point. The first class is Oct. 29 and they continue into December.

"Science in Depth" is a three-part class starting in November for students in sixth through eighth grades who are ready to investigate science in greater depth. Students will explore the science of physics with kinematics and motion, and classes include experiments to understand Newton’s Laws of Motion, working with vectors, acceleration, and velocity, and learning how to calculate the motion of objects.

The Natural Science Inquiries Series are homeschool enrichment classes for children ages 9 through 12. This two-part program scheduled for November will focus on the science of anatomy and dissection. There will be instructional time, group activities, and engaging hands-on projects to involve learners in the exploration into the anatomy and structure of living things.

To register or for more information, contact Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel, IMNH Education Manager, at (208) 282-2195 or thorrebe@isu.edu. Registration materials and the complete schedule of classes, dates, times, and fees are also available on the Museum’s website at http://imnh.isu.edu.

The Museum is located on the campus of Idaho State University at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Dillon Street in Building #12. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.