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I was elated when I was contacted by the organizers of the Western Nebraska Early Childhood Association to be their keynote speaker for STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowskitheir early childhood science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) themed conference. It’s never too early to introduce children to STEM practices and content. The conference was held in mid-October 2015 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Over 250 early childhood teachers were in attendance for the day-long STEM-themed conference. I informed the conference organizers that my keynote would be interactive, which translates into meaning participants are actively engaged in the keynote message via discussions, conducting mini hands-on STEM investigations throughout the hour long plus keynote. Within the 1.5 hour interactive keynote early childhood teachers and administrators were introduced to the foundation of STEM practices and content, and the long-term benefits and impacts of introducing young children to STEM experiences at an early age. Children are naturally curious about their environment around them, and by incorporating STEM practices and content into their early childhood learning environment the young child’s natural curiosity is nurtured and developed. Participants were introduced to the 4Cs of STEM: critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration, and the engineering design process. Participants were actively engaged in lively discussions regarding the incorporation of STEM practices and content as well as conducting STEM investigations with their peers throughout the keynote from using age-appropriate STEM tools, to exploring the engineering design process, and more. In addition to the STEM keynote I presented, I conducted two early childhood STEM-based breakout sessions in the afternoon. I’d like to thank all the individuals who helped make the Western Nebraska Early Childhood Conference a success, and a special thank you to the conference organizers for selecting me as their keynote speaker. The following photos were taken during the keynote and breakout sessions Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducted.  For more information about having Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski during your next educational conference, or to have her provide STEM and science professional staff development for your teachers please contact her via the contact page on this siteSTEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education keynote by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski STEM education 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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