STEM Experiences in the Early Childhood ClassroomBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on December 13, 2013 in Hands-On Science Explorations by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education
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.