Why Does Poison Ivy Itch?

Fri. Sep. 27th, 2019

Katie Venit

You’re in the woods, building a fort or exploring, and having a great time. A few hours later, you get ...

“Dabble Day” Maker Fest Returns to EC Library

Fri. Jul. 26th, 2019

Kensie Kiesow

Dabble Day Maker Fest is back! For kids of all ages, Dabble Day is their time to let their creative energy flow into a work of art or craft, and this year, they’ll be able to dabble in ...

Let’s Get Cooking Lab Gives Kids and Adults a Chance to Learn About What We Eat

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

Amie Winters

If you can’t stand the heat…get into the Children’s Museum’s new teaching kitchen this summer! It’s no secret that nutrition and fitness are essential tools that help build healthy and well-rounded children. The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is thrilled to open a brand-new exhibit...

Why Does Birch Tree Bark Peel Off?

Mon. Jul. 1st, 2019

Katie Venit

Birch bark can be so tempting to peeeel off. But wait! Is that a good idea? Why is the bark coming off, anyway? Is the birch sick? Let’s look at the layers of a tree. Bark is made of two layers, outer and inner bark. Outer bark is dead, but the inner bark ...

Science Olympiad Students Love a Challenge

Thu. May. 30th, 2019

Pamela Powers

Building a ping-pong ball catapult with six drinking straws, three rubber bands, and duct tape in 35 minutes proved to be a formidable but fun task for many of the near 1,500 students from across the state at UW-Stout for the Wisconsin Science Olympiad in March.

Sound & Visuals at the Dabble Box

Thu. May. 30th, 2019

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Since the launch of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s Dabble Box in 2017, two new additions are now available to expand the community’s creative horizons. Kids, teens, and adults now have access to sound and video kits.

Summertime, STEAM Time

Mon. May. 20th, 2019

Pam Powers

UW-Stout's program focusing on tech and arts is now open to middle schoolers

A UW-Stout Summer STEAM Experience camp will welcome younger students this year for day camps. Sixth- and seventh-graders can take part in the summer youth camp in the following tracks ...

Chartering a New Course

Fri. Dec. 28th, 2018

Katie Larson

Mondovi location eyed as project-based school for grades 6-12

Choices: We all want them. Whether it be choice in what we buy, how we live, what we eat, who we support, what we want to be when we grow up, choice matters. But when it comes to educational opportunities ...

How Do Scientists Count Birds?

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Katie Venit

Get some binoculars and try counting the birds outside your home sometime. It might seem easy at first. You might see a couple of cardinals, maybe a crow. But then those birds fly away, and you see another cardinal. Is that the same cardinal as before, or is it a new one?

Layers to Learning at the Children’s Museum

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Amie Winters

I started bringing my daughter Kennedy to the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire long before I was fortunate enough to become employed at this amazing place. She was 8 months old and we spent almost all of our time in Toddler Park.

All aboard the museum’s toy train tradition

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Tom Giffey

Take a nostalgic trip through a perfectly-to-scale winter wonderland this season with the annual Holiday Toy Trains display at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park. Now in its fourth year, the exhibit opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 29.

Reid All About It: Eau Claire author’s latest book full of fun to spark kids’ learning

Thu. Sep. 20th, 2018

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At story time, even the most focused of youngsters will eventually tire of “This Little Piggy,” The Itsy-Bitsy Spider,” and “Five Little Monkeys.” If you’re a teacher, librarian, or parent – what then? Prolific author, librarian, educator, and rapper (more on that later) Rob Reid has the answers in his latest book...

Fulton's Workshop: Where Technology and History Meet

Wed. Aug. 22nd, 2018

Diana Peterson, photos by Taylor Smith

"I live for today. I dream for tomorrow, and I learn from yesterday." – Fulton Holtby

Innovation is the essence of the Holtby Exhibit at the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie. This new exhibit mixes the art of technology with history, communicating that anything is possible ...

Family STEAM Challenge: CD Case Garden

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Let’s reduce, reuse and recycle while watching our plants grow! Using old CD cases, we’re going to give some grass the perfect home!

What happens to my recycling?

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Katie Venit

Trash haulers must accept items that counties decide should be recycled. In Eau Claire County, that’s clean glass jars, aluminum, steel, paper, cardboard, and all plastics except those labeled No. 6 (which is very hard to recycle).

School’s Out for the Summer: Remember These Dates

Fri. May. 25th, 2018

V1 Staff

It may seem like winter just melted away, but summer vacation is about to begin, so parents – mark your calendars and start planning those trips, bucket lists, and beach days. And kids can look forward to time outdoors in the sun, not in the classroom ...

Why Is That? How Do They Predict Tornadoes?

Wed. May. 16th, 2018

Katie Venit

Spring is often a time of confused weather: warm one day, chilly the next. This kind of unsettled weather can sometimes develop into strong storms, like thunderstorms or tornadoes. Although tornadoes are not as common ...

4 Local Sunrise Spots That'll Take Your Breath Away

Tue. May. 1st, 2018

Pan Thao, photos by Shane Newman, Tina Ecker

Rise and shine, folks! The Valley is packed with adventures, and you’ll want to start yours early with something beautiful and easy to catch. You know what they say, the early bird gets an incredible view of the sunrise.

Family STEAM Challenge: Sprout House

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

V1 Staff

The sun is shining more, the temperatures are starting to rise and the puddles are starting to form. That means things are starting to grow! Let’s jump start the season by doing some easy growing INSIDE ...

Why Are Some Squirrels White?

Fri. Mar. 16th, 2018

Katie Venit

The next time you’re looking out your window, pay attention to the squirrels in your yard. It may be hard to see grey squirrels against tree trunks or shadows on the ground. However, the white squirrels ...

Family STEAM Challenge: The Mysteries of Ice

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

V1 Staff

Surprise: It’s still winter! Wisconsin winters seem to last forever, and those kiddos want to get out and play. Not only do their bodies struggle with less activity, so does their brain. So let’s get them both ...

Build Funky Little Stories With Toca Life Apps

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Mike Paulus

I’m pretty sure my kids have been playing Toca Boca apps almost as long as we’ve had a tablet in the house. The company seems to kick out hundreds of different little games each year – fun, smart, and endlessly ...

College-Level Science at STEM Festival

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Jerry Poling

It wasn’t a typical school week Friday for Xavier Coolidge of New Richmond High School. By midday, he already had identified Wisconsin plants in a biology lab, performed chemistry experiments, and ...

How Does Salt Melt All That Ice?

Fri. Jan. 19th, 2018

Katie Venit

Brrr, it’s cold outside! Those trucks are out salting the roads again, making them safe to drive on. But how does salt melt ice?

What was the biggest animal to live in Wisconsin?

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Katie Venit

One day when you’re rambling on outcrops on Mt. Washington, you may find some clues to Wisconsin’s rich Paleolithic history. Mt. Washington is a great place to find fossils of brachiopod and trilobites, animals that lived millions of years ago.

Reading to your baby can really add up

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Cassandra Kyser

Your baby may not be old enough for their own library card, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy books. Everyone is welcome at your local public library, where librarians are eager to make reading suggestions for all ages, including board books for babies.

Turn Your Eyes Toward the Skies

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Marie Anthony

It’s 12:13am. In the space where Luc usually sleeps, I find his empty pillow. Six hours earlier, my husband left with two friends to head for Wyoming in hopes of catching the solar eclipse in its full glory. When it comes to our universe ...

Family STEAM Challenge: Pumpkin Tunnel

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

V1 Staff

We’re speeding into the fall season with a spooky Family STEAM Challenge! This activity invites families to design and build a pumpkin tunnel for a toy car.

Positive STEPS to Get More Girls in Tech

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

by Jerry Poling

As a group of 10 girls in teal T-shirts assembled robots in a UW-Stout lab, Kari Berthiaume thought back to when she was in middle school.

Rain Gardens Keep Green Water Away

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Katie Venit

Rain gardens, such as the one on Lake Menomin, are one way to decrease how much phosphorus and nitrogen gets into the lakes.

Eau Claire, Are You Ready to Dabble? Check out 'Dabble Day' on August 15!

Thu. Jul. 27th, 2017

Katie Reidt

Earlier this year, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library revealed their newest addition – the “Dabble Box.” This new, DIY-makerspace allows individuals of all ages to explore technology, arts, and crafts at no cost. On Tuesday, August 15, the Dabble Box is making its outdoor debut, spilling out onto Eau Claire Street.

After the Bell Rings: Teacher Life Over the Summer

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Ann Wrzosek

‘It must be nice to be a teacher and have summer off!” There is not a teacher anywhere who has not heard this envious lament. At one time, before I became a teacher, that sentence conjured up images of leisurely ...

Back to School ... Old School, That Is

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Jeremy Gragert

In the 1920s and 1930s, some 6,500 one-room country schools dotted the landscape of Wisconsin, including 85 in Eau Claire County alone.

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Kaleidoscope

Mon. Jul. 3rd, 2017

V1 Staff

It’s a starry, starry night (or day!) with this issue’s Family STEAM Challenge! This activity invites families to inquire and observe the reflection of light and the colors and patterns it creates.