Archive for December, 2013


Just back from conducting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teacher training in the bayous of Louisiana for 2nd Grade teachers. During the two-day STEM teacher training workshop teachers were introduced to STEM education philosophy and practices with emphasis placed on: the engineering design process, critical thinking, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and reflective journaling in the classroom. Teachers conducted hands-on-minds-on investigations to explore the following concepts:

Nature of matter aka materials science. Teachers observed and analyzed building and packaging materials;

STEM walks to explore a wide-array of concepts including: materials science, living and non-living concepts, using technological tools such as pH meters, digital thermometers etc. during STEM walks;

Building with brick kits, and learning how to make bricks using Quikrete and silicon ice cube trays as well as creating water soluble mortar to use with the bricks;

Ramp Science;

Exploring light and sound concepts; and

Exploring how living organisms interact with their environment.

As usual, I really enjoyed working with this group of teachers. They were eager to embrace STEM education practices and content and could see how STEM practices and content will indeed help to prepare students for the 21st Century. The teachers left the training excited to implement STEM education practices and content as soon as possible with their students. The following photos are a sample of the hands-on-minds-on STEM investigations the teachers conducted during the training.

 

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is a natural in the early childhood classroom. Many early childhood teachers are already implementing STEM practices and content within their classrooms via block building centers and more. Within the past several years I have been hired to present STEM workshops for early childhood educators. The early childhood teachers enjoy exploring STEM practices and content, and they see how STEM thinking and explorations fit within the early childhood curriculum. Recently, I conducted hands-on-minds-n STEM lessons for VPK students at a local Methodist Church VPK school. The children were introduced to a wide-array of STEM education explorations including: journaling, measuring, geometry, reverse engineering, block building, robotics, building 2 and 3-D structures with readily available materials, ramp science, using mathematical and scientific tools to collect data, and exploring numerous STEM educational toys (Gears, Gears, Gears, etc.). The following photos were taken during the hands-on STEM lessons I conducted. If your school or district is looking to educate teachers on the implementation of STEM practices and explorations within the early childhood classroom. Please contact me via the contact page on this site.

 

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