STEM 2013 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Spark an Interest in Science
D. Everett Hicks Candace Brammer Blissten Followell Malinda Irwin Tina Brashear Diane Bousman

Brain Smart Start
"Marshmallow Heartbeat"
Check Pulse Dance Check Pulse

Session Objectives
Participants will:
Gain knowledge related to science in early childhood education and why it is important. Identify areas of growth that can be addressed in their classroom. Learn and participate in several experiments that require inexpensive supplies that can be done with children. Be able to identify and distinguish between an ideal science center and one that is less than ideal. Leave with resources that enable them to seek out more information and implement science into their everyday curriculum.

Quiz / Discussion
1. What is your honest opinion of science (related to children?)

2. Why do you think science is important in the classroom?

3. What obstabcles, if any, do you face regarding science?

Let's Talk !

Toothpick Star

Toothpick Star

* Explanation of Experiment * Key Vocabulary Words / Concepts * Foundations * Modifications / Extensions

Polluted River

Polluted River

* Explanation of Experiment * Key Vocabulary Words / Concepts * Foundations * Modifications / Extensions

Velcro Popsicle Sticks

Velcro Popsicle Sticks

* Explanation of Experiment * Key Vocabulary Words / Concepts * Foundations * Modifications / Extensions

Color Mixing

Color Mixing

* Explanation of Experiment * Key Vocabulary Words / Concepts * Foundations * Modifications / Extensions

Information and Statistics
Experiments show that children can unconsciously grasp patterns and use that information to solve patterns as early as infancy. The domain of science involves context (knowledge of how the world works) and process (the use of science to build this understanding. The teacher structures experiences and conversations, then serves as a guide to children's discovery.

Information and Statistics
There are four core science areas: physical sciences (hands-on manipulatives), life sciences (planting seeds, animals), earth and space sciences (weather, rocks), and engineering and technology sciences(asking questions, observing, finding multiple solutions to a problem.) The best topics to investigate are those that children encounter everyday.

What does science look like in the different ECE age groups?
Infant/Toddler - Focuses on children's senses, and teacher helps describe experiences. Preschool - Conversations begin to focus on WHY things happen, children look for patterns School Age - Able to communicate explorations and think analytically

Why is Science so Important in Early Childhood Education?
Personality traits: Playfulness Risk Taking Originality Persistence Independance

Why is Science so Important in Early Childhood Education?
Teaches that it is okay to make mistakes. Supports other areas of education, curriculum, and growth. Prepares young children for future learning and development.

What is one thing you learned?

What is one thing that you will use in your classroom?

Let's Talk !

And...Make sure to check out the ideal science center in room # 261 !

Resources
livescience.com
Shillady A. (2013). Exploring Science. USA: www.naeyc.org