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U.S. Science and Engineering Festival Begins This Weekend

on October 8, 2010 in Science Education In The News Comments Off on U.S. Science and Engineering Festival Begins This Weekend

USA Today  (10/7, Vergano) reported that the U.S. Science and EngineeringHands-On Science Activities, Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski teacher training Festival begins this weekend and “will feature everything from Nobel laureates demonstrating experiments to lessons on outsmarting robots.” The festival will encompass events in 20 cities and end Oct. 23-24 “with thousands of hands-on scince activities and all-day performances from stages at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.” This year’s festival is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and will include stage shows hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the NIH, National Academies of Science and the Science Channel.

Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in the Early Childhood Classroom

on October 4, 2010 in Hands-On Science Explorations by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski Comments Off on Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in the Early Childhood Classroom

Within the last several years there has been a major emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. However, nationwide STEM education efforts rarely focus on children below third grade, and almost never below kindergarten. The reality is that more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) explorations can and should be implemented within early childhood through primary level classrooms. Children are naturally curious about the world around them so teachers and parents need to take advantage of the young child’s natural curiosity about the world around them and implement more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) explorations within the classroom and at home. It’s not a matter of investing in additional materials and curriculum to implement STEM education in the classroom, many of the materials required to conduct STEM education are already readily available within classrooms such as building blocks, sand and water wheels, toy cars, etc. When exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts within the early childhood classroom it’s important to teach STEM concepts that are personally meaningful, interesting and relevant to the young child.  When implementing STEM education explorations within the classroom teachers may want to consider setting up the STEM explorations as centers. At each STEM center students can develop critical thinking skills via inquiry-based explorations. Teachers can initially conduct a classwide science STEM investigation to give the students a working model of how scientists conduct experiments. At the early childhood level  this model may include:

  1. having the children identify a problem;
  2. children brainstorming a solution;
  3. children constructing a model;
  4. children testing and evaluating the design;
  5. children redesigning, and;
  6. children sharing their results with their classmates.

The following photos are from a recent hands-on inquiry-based early childhood STEM program I conducted at a local school. Each STEM concept was set up as a center, where a particular STEM concept or project was investigated. For the past several years I have been conducting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teacher training workshops nationwide for teachers of all grade-levels. During the STEM education teacher training workshops teachers conduct hands-on, inquiry-based explorations to investigate science, technology, engineering, and math concepts. For more detailed information about the teacher training workshops please visit the teacher training pages of this website.
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroomScience, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) explorations in the early childhood classroom
Additionally, teachers may be interested in the following book about using blocks in the classroom to build structures. The book is available from Amazon.com via this site at no extra charge.

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