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Idaho Museum of Natural History to offer Pint-Sized Science Academy for young children

May 22, 2012
ISU Marketing and Communications

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will offer fun, educational opportunities for children aged 4-5 and kindergarten this summer in its Pint-Sized Academy classes scheduled in June and July.

A different class will be offered each Thursday afternoon starting June 14 and running through July 26. Pint-Sized Science Academy offers two class times for each class, from either 12:30-1:30 p.m. or 2-3 p.m.

College of Education Early Childhood Education graduate student Rachel Strawn will teach all classes. The cost for each class is $15.

All classes will be held at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, located at Dillon Street and South Fifth Avenue on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello. For more information, please call Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel at (208) 282-2195. A full list of classes for children and adults can be found on the Museum's website, http://imnh.isu.edu.

Pint-Sized Academy classes scheduled are:

• Thursday, June 14 – "Our Home in the Universe"

Students will learn about the solar system and planets and how Earth fits into the solar system.

• Thursday, June 21 – "Standing on a Rocky Place"

Students will learn about the rocks that make up planet earth.

Thursday, June 28 – "Breaking Down the Rocks: Sedimentation"

Students will learn about what has the power to break down rocks and form the sediments that make up the soil in which plants grow.

 Thursday, July 12 – "Hide and Go Seek in the Sediments: Fossils"

Students will learn about fossils that can be found hiding in the rocks.

• Thursday, July 19 – "Birds All Around Us"

Students will learn about birds, their feathers, bones, beaks, feet and more.

Thursday, July 28 – "Amazing Plants Growing at Your Feet"

The sediments made from rocks provide a place for plants to grow. Students will learn about parts of a plant by dissecting them and looking at them through a hand lens.

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