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For families

Catawba Science Center offers engaging, educational programs to inspire young scientists, ages 3 to 5. CSC’s Preschool Science Program allows preschoolers to get their hands dirty and their minds piqued by exploring simple science concepts through play, crafts and demonstrations.

Programs are offered monthly during the school year for preschoolers and their caregivers.

[ 2014-2015 Public Preschool Class Information ]


For private centers and schools

In 1995, Catawba Science Center saw a need for early preschool science programs in the community. This was in response to a growing trend for birth through kindergarten education and intervention. Since then, CSC preschool educators have created many programs, touching on numerous science topics, encouraging investigation and increasing interest in topics that naturally attract young learners.

A 45-minute hands-on program is based on a science theme. A typical program session includes circle time (lesson or story), hands-on centers and review/wrap-up. Kit themes include: fossils & dinosaurs, insects & spiders, inside my body, magnets, or ocean animals.

With CSC’s preschool program, our educators contract with local preschools and school district “More at Four” programs to deliver a year’s curriculum in either monthly or twice-monthly sessions. The monthly visits cost $550 per year, while the twice monthly contract is $1,100 plus mileage.

Centers can bring hands-on science to their preschoolers with one program at a time as well for $100/visit (+ mileage).

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Other opportunities include teacher/parent workshops and parent/child enrichment programs. For more information, contact CSC’s preschool program coordinator at
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