Welcome to the EC STEM Lab’s
Mar/Apr 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 - Mar/Apr, Newsletter, #25

In This Issue


Get a Grant!

Free Workshop - Geometry in PK, March 5

Math Games in PK, Virtual Meetup

Meet the Author

Try It! Spinning Shapes 




Preschool STEM Institute 2022

Grant Deadline Extended!

Apply Now

Get Lots for Your $
(especially if you get a grant...) 

This year promises to be another amazing event. Our virtual, all day, interactive Institute is geared for master teachers, directors, trainers, teacher educators, and anyone responsible for supporting preschool teachers.


APPLY by Feb 28th - first grant deadline for your best chance to get a full registration for free.

After that date, we will accept applications on a rolling basis, until all spots are filled.

Included in Fee

Full day of training and 6 PD hours
Your own training supplies: PowerPoints, materials, articles, books, and resources to use with your teachers
Private Padlet site with tons of downloads
A kit mailed in advance for interactive learning experience

Don't need a grant?

REGISTER today! Spaces limited.

Approved for 0.6 CEUs for additional fee from ETSU

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Preschool STEM Workshop Series - 5th Year

Geometry - March 5, 2022

Shapes and Their Attributes

Join Dr. Lange from EC STEM Lab and colleagues to explore, discuss, and do activities focused on a different STEM topic each virtual session.

March 5, 2022
9-10am ET

Approved for TN DHS professional development hours.

Registration required.

Learn more.


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Free Virtual Meetup

Math Games


Free Virtual Meetup Series with Early Math Group

March 30, 2022
7pm eastern time

Math Games in Preschool
Led by Kristen Reed
Young Mathematicians @ EDC

Registration required.

NAEYC's Early Math Interest Forum is hosting a series of virtual meetups focused on early math during 2022. Join us at one or all of these sessions to hear about current happenings in early math and join an informal discussion with the co-facilitators.

NAEYC Membership not required.


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Elementary Extravaganza


Meet with Us!
April 1, 2022

Attend the Elementary Extravaganza at NSTA's national conference, March 30-Apr 1 to meet one of the new columnists for the "Early Years" in Science & Children, Dr. Alissa A. Lange.

View her S&C articles, engage in related activities, and chat about all things early STEM.

Visit a slew of other interactive booths focused on elementary science and STEM!

Early Bird Registration Ends Feb 18th!


Click here for registration information


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Try it!

Spinning Shapes


Spinning Shapes

How  do you know?

Is a square a square no matter which way it spins? Yes! It does not suddenly become a diamond. 

How do we know? Because 2-dimensional shapes are defined by their attributes, like 4 straight sides, all connected at 4 corners (all right angles), all 4 sides the same length.

Cut out squares.
Poke a hole in the middle.
Attach square to a paper plate with a clasp or pipe cleaner.
Encourage children to ask each other if the square is still a square when it spins around.
How do they know?
Document children's thoughts and explanations along the way to check if their reasoning and understanding of 2-dimenstional shapes has changed.


Guess What?

Did you know that a square is actually ALSO a rectangle? Whaaaaat??!

A rectangle is a quadrilateral. It has 4 straight sides, all connected at 4 corners (all right angles), opposite sides parallel. Another definition is a two-dimensional, closed, four-sided figure with four right angles.

Using the attributes above can you (or your kiddoes) figure out why?

See video from Erikson Institute's Early Math Collaborative about an activity called, Feel for Shapes.


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Read All About It!



Which One Doesn't Belong? by Christopher Danielson

This book encourages open discussions about 2-dimensional shapes that capture how we want children to interact with math. Talk about it!


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