Creating Intentional Teaching and Learning Opportunities Using STEM

Defining STEM for Early Childhood:


  • Science is a way of thinking: Science is observing and experimenting, making predictions, sharing discoveries, asking questions, and wondering how things work.
  • Technology is a way of doing: Technology is using tools, being inventive, identifying problems, and making things work.
  • Engineering is a way of doing: Engineering is solving problems, using a variety of materials, designing and creating, and building things that work.
  • Math is a way of measuring: Math is sequencing, patterning, and exploring shapes, volume, and size.

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The importance of asking genuine questions:


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