Designing, Tinkering, Discovering: STEM Education for Children Birth to Age 5
The acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become a buzz word in education. Parents and educators are enthusiastic about the prospect of teaching children to think like scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, and early childhood education is no exception. Children use STEM skills from birth as they make sense of and react to the world around them, and teachers of young children can help children develop critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills that they will need from a young age. It is becoming increasingly clear that the world will present problems to children that haven’t been invented yet, and that today’s children will be tomorrow’s adults who need these critical skills to move through the world successfully.
In this training, educators of children aged birth to five years old will explore the need for robust STEM early education, understand what cognitive skills children are developing in STEM curricula, and work to apply their new understandings to their work in their classrooms in engaging and developmentally appropriate ways.
Describe the importance of STEM concepts for young children. (B: comprehension)
Review and identify EEC guidelines for STEM learning experiences. (B: comprehension)
Utilize state and national resources for STEM curriculum design. (B: application)
Design a STEM lesson plan and discuss ways to include engineering activities across the curriculum, such as learning centers and literacy activities. (B: synthesis)
The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc.
IEPD has master instructors who provide training, coaching and mentoring services. Each of the IEPD instructors receives training on adult learning principles, training design and delivery, and evaluation. All of the IEPD instructors have worked in the field of early childhood education, bringing their own experiences and "lessons learned" to the training.
Our trainings are fun, engaging, and are filled with important information and resources. We want to work with you, hear your stories, successes and challenges, and provide assistance to help you in your work.