Early Childhood Educators Introduced to STEM Practices and ContentBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on July 2, 2015 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops
Forty early childhood educators attended a hands-on-minds-on, inquiry-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workshop conducted by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski. The STEM workshop was hosted by Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource Systems (FDLRS) of Orange County, Florida. Teachers were actively engaged in conducting STEM investigations appropriate for the early childhood student through Grade 1. Teachers were introduced to reflective journaling, using technology in the early childhood classroom, using the school yard campus to introduce and reinforce STEM practices and content, connecting patterns and shapes to architecture, materials science, building 3-D structures with readily available and recyclable materials, and reverse engineering. Additionally, Dr. Wehrell-Grabowski introduced the teachers to children’s literature with STEM themes for each of the STEM investigations. As always the teachers were really excited, enjoyed themselves through actively engaging in the skills that STEM practices reinforce: Creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Teachers left the session eager to return to their classrooms and incorporate STEM practices and content. The following sample photos were taken from the STEM training. For more information about the Science and STEM teacher training workshops Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducts, contact her at this site via the contact page.