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Science Programs for Little Learners

This post was sponsored by The Science Center of Iowa.

Science Center of Iowa Early Child education

A parent is a child’s first teacher – and the Science Center of Iowa (SCI)’s early childhood programs provide opportunities for children to explore science topics and for parents/caregivers to feel more confident being a STEM coach for their child.

Families agree: “I specialize in early childhood,” said one parent. “It was all well presented and great info. I love that they teach the parent to teach the kids!”

Offered October through May, SCI’s early childhood programs, including a new Pre-Toddler Edition of the popular Pint Size Science program, kick off the first week of October.

Science Center of Iowa Programs

Pint Size Science

Spark curiosity and wonder through play! Pint Size Science classes provide stepping stones for early learners. Developmentally appropriate classes are held for these age groups:

  • Pint Size Science – ages 3 to 5*
  • Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition – ages 20 months to 3 years*
  • Pint Size Science: Pre-Toddler Edition – ages 9 to 22 months*

(*Yes, the age groups do overlap! This is to allow you, as a parent or caregiver, to choose the class that you think will be best for your child/family.)

Pint Size Science and Toddler Edition classes are held on the first and second weeks of each month and feature themes from “Toads & Ponds” to “Liquids & Gases that Go ‘BOOM!.’ Pre-Toddler classes are new this year and will center around sensory-based activities designed for the earliest learners.

View the schedule of upcoming classes at

Family STEM Institute

Support your child’s natural curiosity and help shape their attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and math with Family STEM Institute! Workshops for families with children ages 0 to 8 will give parents tools and tips to integrate STEM learning into their daily lives.

Upcoming workshops include:

  • January 12, 2020 – Colorful Chemistry in the Kitchen
  • April 19, 2020 – Mini Meteorologist: Rain & Rainbows

Details at

Preschool Camps

Science camps help children form friendships and develop a love for science early on. The SCI Preschool operates Summer and Winter Camps as well as full-day summer classes to encourage young explorers to question how and why things happen and discover the answers through experimentation.

Learn more at

SCI Preschool

At the SCI Preschool, little learners flourish! Exceptional teachers certified in early childhood inspire the whole child with hands-on learning designed especially for them. Part-day and full-day classes are offered for 3- and 4-year-olds.

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To learn more about the science behind early childhood education and the Science Center of Iowa’s approach to this critical stage of brain development, visit

Connect with The Science Center of Iowa

401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, IA
Telephone: 515-274-6868  


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