In the current world of education, STEM concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math are receiving close examination. The primary principles in this area include asking questions, experimentation, and using resources to learn how and why things work. This leads us to ask, “What does STEM learning look like for young children?” This course is designed for general HHS staff members who interact with young children in the course of their jobs, whether you are a childcare provider or general staff. You will learn why focusing on STEM learning with young children is important. You will also become aware of the ways to help children build a foundation for STEM concepts, and how valuable your role is in this process. Finally, you will discover specific activity suggestions to implement with young children to advance their exposure to STEM learning, as well as strategies for adult interaction that support their development in these areas.
This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.
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Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: What is STEM Learning?
It’s Just Play…
…Or Is it More?
Section 3: Promoting STEM Learning
The Great Outdoors
Play and Projects
Learning Through Routines
Section 4: Role of the Adult
Section 5: Conclusion
Rebecca Lansing, M.Ed. has worked with programs and families of young children for more than 17 years. She has passion for mentoring teachers, promoting quality education for young children and supporting families. Her experiences include early intervention, preschool special education, administration, and post-secondary instruction in early childhood education. As a member of the faculty at the University of West Georgia, she is the director of their NAEYC accredited pre-kindergarten program and an instructor in early childhood education. Disclosure: Rebecca Lansing, M.Ed. has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Staff Writer: Kimberly Workman, MA
Ms. Workman is an Instructional Designer at Relias. She has a Master of Arts in Technology and Communication, as well as graduate certificates in Public Health, Epidemiology, and Digital Communications. Ms. Workman has a background in writing and designing online continuing medical education for physicians and other health professionals on multiple educational platforms, including web-based, game-based, and immersive learning environments. She has also used simulation training extensively to connect learning to real-world environments. Disclosure: Kimberly Workman, MA discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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