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Young children are naturally curious about the world around them. Recently, I conducted a hands-on, inquiry-based nature-based program for VPK children. Children were introduced to age-appropriate nature content and practices by conducting hands-on-minds-on investigations. Children were free to rotate to the various nature-based centers that were set-up around the classroom. During each class approximately 4 additional adults were present to help guide the children in their explorations when necessary, etc. The centers included: water studies, leaf prints with paint, planting seeds, animal adaptations, nature collages, recycling awareness, solar energy, live pill bugs and earthworms, earth bracelet center, and more. Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski has developed a nature-based teacher training workshop for early childhood educators as well. Like the children, teachers are introduced to a wide-array of nature/environmental concepts, as well as mathematical and scientific tools, and children’s literature that can be incorporated within nature-based lessons. The following photos show VPK-age children freely exploring the nature-based centers. For more information on the science and STEM teacher training workshops Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducts worldwide complete the contact form on this website.young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski young children explore nature with Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski

 

I’m really excited about the 2015 Collaborative Summer Library children’s and teens themes: “Every Hero Has a Story” for children, and “Unmask!”  for image science of super heroes teacher training teens. Kids and adults of all ages are mesmerized by the super powers of fictional super heroes. I have designed a hands-on-minds-on professional staff development workshop for youth librarians entitled “The Science of Super Heroes.” During the full-day to multiple-day workshop youth librarians will be introduced to the scientific wonders of fictional super heroes, as well as “real-life” science, technology, engineering, and math-based heroes. Participants will conduct a wide-array of hands-on-minds-on investigations to explore the science behind the super powers of fictional super heroes such as: Superman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, Spider Woman, Green Lantern, X-Men, Aquaman, Cyborg, Animal Man, Captain Planet, Swamp Thing and more…. Additionally, participants will be introduced to “real-life heroes” such as: Nikola Tesla, Rachael Carson, Marie Curie, Leonardo daVinci, Isaac Newton, and more… I’ve conducted hundreds of hands-on-science programs in informal learning environments including libraries over the years. It’s always a joy to educate and entertain youth and the community during these library programs. This summer I will also offer The Science of Super Heroes for youth of all ages. To find out more about The Science of Super Heroes professional staff development designed for youth librarians check out the brochure Professional Development for Youth Librarians 2015 it details the Science of Super Heroes workshop as well as two additional workshops designed for youth librarians (Teaching Science and STEAM Concepts Through Children’s Literature” and Incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arrt, and Math (STEAM) Practices and Content in Early-Childhood Through Teen Library Programs.

 

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