Strecker Museum Children's Classes Scheduled For Summer Months

May 1, 2000

Children ages 2-18 can learn about a variety of topics, from plants and bugs to aeronautics, during Strecker Museum's summer programs. Three one-week sessions will be held on June 12-16, June 19-23 and June 26-30 at the Ollie Mae Moen Discovery Center. Additionally, there will be one-week classes for children 2 and 3 years old and in fourth, fifth and sixth grade.

"Babies and Beasties" will introduce 2-3 year olds to the natural world, while "Wonders" and "Let's Explore," for 4 and 5 year olds, will focus on a wide range of subjects. Children entering first grade can explore what children of different cultures do for fun in "Kid's Stuff." Second graders will discover the world of plants during "Plants and Kids," and third graders will spend the week learning about invertebrates in "Bug Crossing."

"Blast Off," the program for children entering fourth grade, will focus on flight. Fifth graders will perform experiments in the areas of optics, chemistry and physics in "Bubble, Bubble, Gak and Goo." Sixth graders can learn how people have communicated with each other through symbols, words, pictures and music during "Detectives and Disc Jockeys." This class includes a field trip to a TV/radio station.

Children ages 8-11 can learn how to be environmentally friendly at Waco-Eco Camp, sponsored by the city of Waco, Keep Waco Beautiful and the Ollie Mae Moen Discovery Center. The camp, which runs from July 24-28, will feature daily field trips to Cameron Park, Lake Waco Dam, the gravel pit, the mammoth site and the landfill.

The Discovery Center also is looking for children ages 12-18 who would like to assist with the operations of the summer classes. Each volunteer works with a teacher for the three weeks of summer classes. Interested students should call 757-0922 to schedule an interview.

Classes range in cost from $25 for "Babies and Beasties" to $70 for Waco-Eco Camp. Registration for Strecker Associates family members begins Friday, May 5. The general public may register from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the center. For registration information, call the Ollie Mae Moen Discovery Center at 757-0922.

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