Friday, June 27, 2014

S.T.E.M.: Focus on Science

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Many of you are familiar with the S.T.E.M. acronym and the encouragement by industry and education professionals to enhance learning experiences in each content area. In this series of blogs, we will take a look at activities that engage young children in S.T.E.M.!

Science and Preschoolers Preschool-age children are inquisitive and open-minded, perfect traits for budding young scientists! Science at a preschool level is a lot of fun; kids are truly mesmerized by chemical reactions, love exploring nature, and jump to build things. And as a bonus you don’t have to get into the hard explanations of what is happening; let observations speak for themselves. ~Ana Dziengel, Babble Dabble Do: Ideas for Imaginative Families

Kindergarten Science Much of the same principles apply to science for children who are kindergarten age--in Kindergarten, children continue to be inquisitive and open-minded.  These are characteristics that can prove to be ripe for scientific exploration!

Try one of these science activities for Kindergarteners provided by

Early Elementary Science Tips As children move into the early elementary years, their thinking and ability to conceptualize scientific concepts begin to get more sophisticated.  They start to understand the reasons behind the POP! Fizz! or WOW! of a science experiment. 

Take a look at an excerpt from DuPage Children's Museum's very own Up! Up! and Away! Flight Camp

Want to know more about science for all ages? Take a look at what is informing teachers and professionals. The Next Generation Science Standards are backed by the latest research and science learning concepts.

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