Why Does Birch Tree Bark Peel Off?

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

UW-Stout hosted state science tournament

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

Eau Claire Library’s makerspace offers audiovisual tools

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

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

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?

WHY IS THAT? Answering your kids' toughest questions

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

As kids develop and change, the museum offers new experiences

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

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.

Fulton's Workshop: Where Technology and History Meet

"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

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?

You put your jars and cans and paper on the curb ... then what happens?

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

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 ...