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STEAM in the Early Years Interactive Keynote by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski

on November 5, 2015 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on STEAM in the Early Years Interactive Keynote by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski

I was elated when I was chosen to be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Eastern Sierra Child Development Conference. The theme for the annual conference was Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). I’m excited when I see early childhood organizations with the vision to incorporate STEAM practices and content in the early years. Studies have documented that the earlier children are introduced to STEAM practices and content the more likely they will be to pursue careers in the STEAM field, as well as develop skills necessary to be productive citizens in the 21st Century. The conference was held on October 17th, 2016 in Ridgecrest, California. Being a believer in hands-on-minds-on, inquiry-based teaching and learning I delivered an interactive keynote to the 120 early childhood educators to introduce them to STEAM practices and content via an engaging experience. Participants were actively engaged in finding out what STEAM practices and content entail as they made observations, used simple tools, undertook engineering design challenges, conducted STEAM investigations, and communicated and collaborated with their peers. A big thank you to the Eastern Sierra Child Development Association for inviting me to be the keynote speaker, you were a great organization to work with. It was a pleasure to see a room full of motivated early childhood educators embracing STEAM education. A few photos from the interactive STEAM keynote are below.

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