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Goldie at Home: Innovative Iowans

Innovative Iowans

On the first Saturday of the month, Goldie's Kids Club releases a digital Innovative Iowans activity for children and adults to do together at home. These programs involve interactive activities that connect history with STEAM education – science, technology, engineering, art and math. The easy-to-follow instructions require few materials and can provide children with a fun, hands-on approach to Iowa history.

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Upcoming Innovative Iowans Activities

MonthActivity InstructionsActivity Video
FebruaryEtta BuddCreating Homemade Paints

Create & Inquire with Past Innovative Iowans Activities

Jump into these interactive activities from past Innovative Iowans programs to learn more about Iowa history while flexing your creativity with STEAM-based fun. These activities can be used either at home or in a classroom. You can also find past activity videos on the Goldie's Kids Club YouTube Playlist.

Innovative Iowan/TopicActivity InstructionsActivity Video
Paul Lester ErringtonAnimal JournalsCreating an Animal Journal
Don Hall and Ron ClementsAnimated History--
Maynard ReeceBecome an Iowa Birder Birdwatching
Otto RohwedderBread Making Easy Bread
Iowa CaucusHow to CaucusCaucus 101 and Activity
Mother Mosque of AmericaCelebrating RamadanGood Deed Tree
Cloid H. SmithChemical ReactionsDancing Popcorn
Dixie Cornell GebhardtComparing State FlagsFlag Activity
John AtanasoffComputer CodingCreating Code
James Van AllenConstellation JarsCreating Stars
PotteriesCreating Coil Pots--
Etta BuddCreating Homemade PaintCreating Homemade Paint
Carrie Chapman CattCreating Suffrage RibbonsCreating Suffrage Ribbons
The State TheaterDesigning Movie Posters--
Dutch ImmigrationDutch WindmillsPinwheels
GeodesEggshell GeodesGrowing Geodes
Jesse HiattExperimenting with Red Delicious ApplesApple Experiment
Charles Edwin BesseyFlower PowerPressed Flowers
Bur Oak Genealogy Oak Tree Family Tree
Norman BorlaugGrow a Miniature GardenMini Gardens
Produce IowaHandprint Activity--
Iowa PilotsIowans Take FlightPaper Airplanes
Russ Van DykeLet It SnowCreating Snow
Ana MendietaNature PortraitsSelf Portraits
Air PressureNoisemaker Activity--
Louise Frankel Rosenfield NounOral History Interviews--
Conestoga WagonsPack Your Wagon--
George GallupGallup PollsCreating a Poll
Sanborn MapsSanborn Insurance Maps How Neighborhoods Evolve Activity
Montauk Historic SiteSnapshots of MontaukMontauk Photographs
Peggy WhitsonSpace! The Final Frontier--
Grenville Mellen DodgeSpy CodesCracking Spy Codes
State Seal of IowaState SealsDesigning a State Seal
Edna GriffinActive CitizenshipWriting Letters for Change