Welcome to the EC STEM Lab’s
Nov/Dec 2022 Newsletter!



EC STEM Lab is a group of researchers and educators committed to improving the quality of science, technology, engineering, and math teaching for young children. 

EC STEM Lab -Nov/Dec, Newsletter, #29

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Professional Learning

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Spotlight On

Candi Clevinger

This month we would like to highlight the work of Candi Clevinger, an early childhood educator in East Tennessee.

We asked Candi about why she enjoys teaching early STEM and she shared that she loves the excitement and wonder the children express as they are learning. Candi believes that children are naturally curious and genuinely want to know how things work and why. She loves how guiding children to discover the answers through a deep engagement with a STEM lesson or activity makes the learning more meaningful, stays with the child for much longer, and goes with them to other areas of their life such as in the books they choose and in their play with peers.   

Check out the article below to read about a space science project Candi led in her preschool classroom! 
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New Article Publications

Candi Clevinger, Alissa Lange, and Elizabeth Schock teamed up to write about Space Science in preschool. Candi's classroom explored texts about the Moon, what the Moon may feel like, how to get to the Moon, and more! 
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Check out our recently published open access research article, The Effects of an Early Childhood-Elementary Teacher Preparation Program in STEM on Pre-Service Teachers. This article is about our early childhood-elementary STEM collaboration project. Shout out to the students, teachers, colleagues, and community partners who collaborate each year to support teacher preparation in STEM in northeast TN. 
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Professional Learning

Preschool STEM Institute

We are so excited to announce that our 2023 Preschool STEM Institute will be focused on Science! We will examine the "S" in STEM and discuss space science explorations in preschool. 

The Preschool STEM Institute will take place on June 23rd, 2023. Fill out
this survey to be the first to receive registration and grant information about the Institute. 
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Flyer with Workshop Dates

The 6th year of our free, virtual workshop series continues on February 4th, 2023 where we will focus on Engineering! We will talk about the engineering process and the marvelous mistakes that come along with it. 
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Moon Journal

Did you know it takes 27.3 days for the Moon to complete its orbit around the Earth? The journey the moon takes causes the Sun to shine on different parts of the Moon, which changes our view of how the Moon looks. We now call these different changes the Moon's Phases. 

Ask young children to keep a moon journal for one month in order to document all the phases of the Moon. Young children can go outside and observe what the Moon looks like. Ask them to draw what the Moon looks like on each night. You can review their findings each morning as a group and discuss the changes that they observe throughout the process. 

Learning about the Moon is exciting for many young children. Although it is an object in space, it is something that we can *usually* see every night! This makes the Moon more accessible for young children to study.

Looking for extensions? Check out this unit plan all about the Moon. 
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Additional Resources

Space Science Resources

On the Moon by Anna Milbourne
On the Moon by Anna Milbourne

PBS Exploring Space

Ready, Set, Learn! We're Off to the Moon

National Geographic Moon Phases 

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