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Had the pleasure of introducing 40 Head Start and Early Start Home-Based Teachers to STEM practices and content last month in Pico Rivera, California. The full-day early childhood STEM teacher training workshop was sponsored by the Plaza de la Raza Child Development Organization in Pico, Rivera. We started off the day getting an idea of how STEM differs from “traditional hands-on science”. We then ventured outside to learn how to use the schoolyard, backyard etc.. to introduce and reinforce STEM practices and content such as: making observations, collecting data, journaling, etc. Back inside the classroom teachers conducted hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based STEM investigations to explore the following STEM content: shapes, patterns, structure and function, building blocks, ramps, floating and sinking, and more. As always, it was great to meet so many wonderful and dedicated teachers. They left the training excited about implementing STEM practices and content with their home-based Head Start and Early Start children and families. A big thank you to Dorothy Jones for being instrumental in organizing my visit out to Plaza de la Raza Child Development Organization in Pico Rivera, California. Hope to come back again in the near future to build upon this initial STEM training.

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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.

 

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