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.
Save the Date!
Preschool STEM Institute
Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th, 2020
Hosted by the EC STEM Lab Team
@ East Tennessee State University
Designed for teacher educators, this 2-day train-the-trainer institute will provide background information and hands-on experiences. Attendees will leave with PowerPoint slides, materials, and videos to turnkey for teachers. Follow-up support during the school year will also be provided.
Possible stipends and travel awards to support attendance will be announced in November 2019.
In ‘Planting the Seeds of Engineering’ article published in the September/October 2019 issue ofScience and Children, the EC STEM Lab authors describe how a group of preschool children engineer a solution to a gardening problem.
November 21. 11:30am - 1pm. Early Math Interest Forum meeting at the Omni Nashville in the Electric room Join us and other experts and educators from across the country to chat about early math and how the EMIF can support NAEYC members. Free snacks/food provided.
November 21. 3:00 - 3:30pm. Book signing at Teachers College Press booth Brenneman and Lange will sign copies of their new book, "Teaching STEM in the Preschool Classroom: Exploring Big Ideas with 3- to 5-Year-Olds"
November 21, 4:30 - 6:00pm. Research Poster atMusic City Center, Exhibit Hall B-C-D Gender differences in spatial language during preschool small group geometry activities
Try It Out!
Children singing an engineering song: “We are engineers! We are engineers! We can solve the problem because we are engineers! First we explore, then we create. Improve to make it better because engineers are great!”
What To Do
Create an atmosphere of excitement using the engineering cycle of Explore, Create, and Improve to solve “problems” that need solutions such as:
Wobbly table in your classroom? Ask your students how we can fix it!
All the crayon colors are mixed together. Ask the class to design a solution!
Do the plants in your room need to be replanted? Ask the children to help figure out what kind of pot you should use, what size, and material is best.
Need to transport a heavy load of pumpkins or soil? What is the best way? Do you need special tools/technology?