Yuri’s Night: Fun with STEAM Skills for Kids!

Are you looking for a fun family time that will also teach your kids skills they need? Katie Julsrud, Director of Education and Outreach with the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, says, “STEAM is the acronym we use at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. The Arts (music, drawing, painting, sculpting, sewing, etc) use many of those original STEM skills. That is, you need measurement and fractions to make patterns for sewing, you need chemistry to make correct ratios for sculpting material, and so on. STEAM skills are considered twenty-first-century skills and are important for learners of all ages to use to understand evolving technologies and to keep pace with new advancements in society.”

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire and Beaver Creek Reserve are partnering to offer Yuri’s Night, a local offering of the Yuri’s Night events held all over the world during the month of April to promote and facilitate “global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981.”

The local event will be held at Beaver Creek Reserve, S1 County Road K, on April 12 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Preregistration is required. Activities will be held at Hobbs and the Main Lodge on the North Campus (opposite side from the Wise Nature Center). The event is FREE for members of BOTH the Children’s Museum and Beaver Creek Reserve. There is a $3.00 fee for Beaver Creek Reserve Members and $5.00 charge for nonmembers. Registration information and a full description of events can be found at beavercreekreserve.org/events. This event requires parents to attend with their children—no childcare is provided.

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