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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!

For our

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.

Contact us to get more information.
Check It Out!


In ‘Planting the Seeds of Engineering’ article published in the September/October 2019 issue of  Science and Children, the EC STEM Lab authors describe how a group of preschool children engineer a solution to a gardening problem.
Click here to read the article.

Come Meet Us!
Attending the regional NJAEYC, the national NAEYC, or the national NAECTE pre-conference this year?

Come meet us at one of these fall 2019 events!

The NAEYC and the NAECTE conferences are at the Music City Center in Nashville Tennessee, The regional NJAEYC conference is at the Somerset Double Tree Hotel, in Somerset, New Jersey.

October 19th. 2:15 - 4:15pm. Workshop
What makes a square a square? Moving beyond shape recognition in preschool
  November 20th. 9:00 - 11:00am (time TBC). Interactive roundtable discussion
An innovative collaboration to support pre-service candidates in early STEM
  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 at Music 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?
Books to Share With Children
Books for You
  • Engineering in Elementary STEM Education: Curriculum Design, Instruction, Learning, and Assessment by Christine M. Cunningham
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EC STEM Lab is led by Alissa Lange, Irena Nayfeld, and Hagit Mano
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