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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Had the pleasure of presenting a day-long Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teacher training workshop to a group of intermediate through high school Calcasieu Parish School District teachers. The 24 teachers are part of a STEM grant with the goal of developing, strengthening, and implementing STEM-based lessons within all intermediate through high school science classes. One day of STEM training is a challenge, and with this in mind. My goal for the day was to simply introduce the teachers to inquiry-based practices, 4Cs of STEM, engineering design process, and journaling. We started off the day exploring a wide-array of man-made packaging and building materials to introduce materials science content, then onto building 3-d shapes, making connections to math, architecture, molecular structures, and crystals. The afternoon was spent designing, building, and refining ramps with a variety of recyclable, and readily available materials. The session ended with a STEM-investigation to introduce reverse engineering. Really enjoyed working with this group of motivated teachers. I expect their students will benefit greatly from their teachers experiencing STEM practices and content, working in teams, communicating, collaborating, and being creative. The following photos were taken during the STEM teacher training session. For more information about the STEM and science teacher training workshops, institutes, and interactive keynotes I conduct throughout the nation and world complete the contact form on this webpage.