Rockets to launch, inventions to invent at Arnold CLC

Wildlife, rockets and inventors make up the first week line-up at Arnold Community Learning Center’s ‘S.T.E.A.M. Through Summer’ program.

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S.T.E.A.M. adds ‘art’ to the science-technology-engineering-math curriculum, and for two hours each weekday in June and July, students are exploring new ideas at Arnold Elementary School, 5000 Mike Scholl St.

“The main goal is to prevent the summer slide,” said Arnold’s CLC coordinator Dayna Krannawitter. “We want kids to be working their brains this summer, so they are ready when they open the school doors this fall.”

Students sign up, then get to pick their class for the week. The number and types of classes depend upon total enrollment that week, but range from nature, theater, music and more. All require students to become hands-on with their subject matter.

This week, one group will visit the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center to explore life in the wetlands and woods.

Another group will learn about inventors, inventions and create their own inventions using recycled materials

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A third group will creat rockets, including the design, build and launch, which will happen Friday in a field nearby the school.

Arnold teachers, along with staff from community partner organizations, facilitate the classes.

At Arnold, space is still available for future classes, so parents or guardians can sign up their children in grades first through sixth by the Friday before. There is no charge for these classes. Contact Dayna Krannawitter at 402-436-1120 ext. 5 to get a class schedule and registration information.