Norwalk, CT - Immaturity is NOT a four-letter word – literally and metaphorically. In fact, Stepping Stones Museum for Children is out to prove that immaturity and genius go hand in hand with the debut of its brand-new exhibit KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature on Saturday, September 29. Based on KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2, the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit will offer you the opportunity to embrace your inner zany genius while exploring what these behaviors can teach you about science, engineering, math, and literacy. Produced by the Children’s Museum of Houston in partnership with KLUTZ® and sponsored locally in part by First County Bank, the KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature craze is winning audiences over with a nationwide tour and National Immaturity Challenge.
“KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature demonstrates that laughter and silliness are vehicles for learning,” said Stephanie Kadam, Senior Manager of Education at Stepping Stones. “The exploratory thinking that is associated with ‘immature behaviors’ raises children’s motivation to learn and lowers intimidation factors associated with subjects like physics or math. With KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature, we are connecting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) subjects to the real world through wacky, hands-on activities that stimulate creativity and problem solving while building communication and social skills.”
KEEPING THE FORCES OF MATURITY AT BAY
With activities such as pulling a tablecloth out from under a place setting to learn about inertia, building a boomerang as an introduction to elements of aerodynamics, and folding paper rings to explore geometry, KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature will create an environment which encourages multi-generational communication and learning through laughter, play, comedy and memories of different generations’ childhood hijinks. Activities include:
· CARD THROWING: Master the challenging technique of tossing playing cards.
· DINNER DISRUPTORS: Turn spoons into catapults or make them do somersaults.
· FLY THE IMMATURE SKIES: Engineer paper airplanes.
· IMMATURE INVENTIONS: Mash up your own inventions.
· IMMATURE MAILINGS: From flip-flops to messages in bottles, be amazed at what the USPS delivers!
· IMMATURE MAKINGS: Make exciting new creations using stuff you can find at home.
· IMMATURIGAMI: Transform money into wearable bling!
· IMMATURITY RETURNS: Build a cardboard boomerang from down under.
· JUGGLING: Learn how to juggle scarves in four easy lessons!
· NOISY IMMATURITY: Bug your friends by building “annoyers.”
· PHOTO EFFECTS: Create funny photo illusions by manipulating perspectives.
· QUARTER SNATCHING: Can you catch coins off your elbow?
· REFLEX RULER: Test your reaction time! Are you better than a grown-up?
· SNAP LIDS: Make a fountain drink lid fly at the snap of your fingers.
· STRAW SHOOTER JETS: Make paper jets fly fast by shooting them off of straws.
· TABLE TOP GAMES: Bring paper football games back to the lunchroom!
· TABLECLOTH PULL: Can you yank a tablecloth without dropping the dishes? Take the challenge!
CALL TO IMMATURITY SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE
With the launch of KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature, Stepping Stones Museum for Children is also excited to announce its participation in the National Immaturity Challenge to determine which city in the U.S. is the most immature! Each city will be tracked on the National Immaturity Index (NII), a system that will track residents’ immaturity. Earn points for your city by demonstrating your immaturity on social media with “#AmazinglyImmatureSSMC” and participating in events related to KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature such as:
· Visiting the exhibit!
· Participating in one of our Immaturity Contests
· Bringing a spoon that you’ve worn on your nose and adding it to our bank!
“Creativity is clearly linked to immaturity,” explains Kadam. “We all know that the Tri-State Area is the one of most creative regions in the country, so come on out and help make Stepping Stones the Immaturity Capital of the U.S.!”