Carnegie Science Center's new 'Clubhouse' lets young scientists play and learn
The Carnegie Science Center's new exhibit space, Little Learner Clubhouse, will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, according to a news release.
With its March 3 opening, visitors age six and under will have access to features like a new water table, including a winding stream running through a fishing pond and clawfoot bathtub.
Other elements include "The Button Wall," which generates a variety of sights, sounds, and special effects; and "The Tomato Stand," which allows youngsters to explore simple machines, including conveyors and vacuum tubes.
We had lots of fun with some local early learners at a special preview of our NEW #LittleLearnerClubhouse powered by #PNCGrowUpGreat it opens to the public this Saturday! #STEM #lovepgh pic.twitter.com/5dVHmU4xvN— Carnegie Science Ctr (@CarnegieSciCtr) March 1, 2018
"Children are born scientists, brimming with natural curiosity, and their preschool years are critical for exploration and brain development," says Ron Baillie, Science Center co-director, in the release.
"In pre-kindergarten years, children who engage in STEM practices, such as asking questions and forming explanations, build a strong foundation for skills learned throughout their lives," he adds.
"The Little Learner Clubhouse is the bricks and mortar portion of our vision to provide a foundation of STEM experiences for early learners, their educators, and their families," Ann Metzger, Science Center co-director, adds in the release.
"It complements a wide range of initiatives we have in place in the community through our Early Childhood STEM Center," she says.
Families will enjoy time together at the hands-on Gathering Tree. A Baby Garden, featuring a soft space for crawlers and toddlers, will engage the smallest of science fans.
Very excited to host a VIP preview of our NEW #LittleLearnerClubhouse , powered by #PNCGrowUpGreat , today for our generous SPARK! donors and board members. This exhibit gallery opens to the public March 3! #stemlearning #EarlyChildhoodDevelopment pic.twitter.com/3eR8jIyinp— Carnegie Science Ctr (@CarnegieSciCtr) March 1, 2018
Little Learner Clubhouse is part of PNC Grow Up Great, a bilingual, early childhood education initiative helping prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life.
A $1 million PNC Foundation gift benefitting the new early learner space also will support complementary community-based programming, such as outreach activities for neighboring North Side families, the release states.
Little Learner Clubhouse is included in the facility's general admission.
Details: 412- 237-3400 or carnegiesciencecenter.org
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