Head Start Teachers Get Hands-On-Minds-On Introduction to STEM EducationBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on October 4, 2016 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education
Early childhood educators from Williamsburg- James County Community Action Agency Head Start were introduced to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) practices and content during a day-long teacher training workshop. STEM education consultant, Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski introduced the group of Head Start early childhood teachers to the foundational principles of STEM, as well as STEM content. Teachers were actively engaged throughout the day-long training conducting hands-on-minds-on, STEM-based explorations geared for the early childhood student. Teachers explored journaling in the early childhood classroom, materials science, ramp building, Blocks and STEM, and using the school yard to introduce and reinforce STEM practices and content. Teachers were also introduced to a wide-array of math and science tools appropriate for use in the early childhood classroom. Lastly, teachers were introduced a wide selection of STEM-based children’s literature to incorporate within their STEM lessons. The early childhood educators eagerly embraced the reasoning of incorporating STEM practices and content within the early childhood classroom. The teachers left the session with a great introduction to STEM, and ready to begin incorporating STEM practices and content within their early childhood classrooms. The following photos are a sampling of the STEM explorations the teachers conducted during the day-long session. For more information about the STEM teacher training and keynotes Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski offers nation and worldwide contact her via the contact page on this website.