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Tuesday, November 10 • 9:50am - 11:00am
STEM in the Infant and Toddler Classroom

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This training is geared toward teachers who are looking to expand their current STEM offerings, as well as those who are interested in starting to bring STEM concepts to their younger children. The key concepts to be addressed are what does STEM encompass, what does it look like with infants and toddlers, and how do you make it meaningful. We will discuss each branch and its role in the classroom. For example, technology is not just computers and iPads. It includes all of the tools that children use to explore their world, such as hand lenses, bug nets, pipettes, and tongs to name a few. Educators will participate in hands-on activities that include infant/toddler-safe recipes for sensory exploration and engineering concepts like block play, ramps, and pulleys. Participants will also examine children's literature to discover key STEM concepts within the story and how to transform those concepts into investigations. Participants will have opportunities to view videos and photos of infants and toddlers engaging in STEM. The organizing framework of Engage, Explore, and Reflect will also be discussed. There will be time for discussions as a large group, as well as some small group work. Participants will walk away with concrete activities to take back to their classrooms. Participants will also gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which they can incorporate STEM practices into their classroom with any age group but specifically with infants and toddlers.

Speaker(s)
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Charlene Cross

Toddler Teacher, The Williston Northampton Children's Center
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Keira Durrett

Director, The Williston Northampton Children's Center


Tuesday November 10, 2015 9:50am - 11:00am
Location TBD