As an attendee, you will be able to participate in two workshops. You will be asked to select your workshops during the registration process.
Please Make Sure You Have Read Through All Workshop Descriptions Before You Start The Registration Process!
Workshop 1: Science Activities for Developing Young Children’s Sense of Wonder
We will share hands-on activities that engage teachers and their students in exploring science in their everyday world and that are developmentally appropriate for preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and early elementary classrooms.
Workshop 2: Environmental Education in Your Backyard
Make your site an outdoor classroom! Participants will learn about turning their outdoor space into a STEM learning laboratory using simple strategies that combine play and learning. You will leave this workshop with a variety of ideas and curriculum to implement at your site.
Workshop 3: Let’s Explore- STEM Activities for Children Birth to Three
STEM is part of our everyday environment so join us as we build on children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn about their world. This workshop will focus on the foundations of STEM in early learning environments including center-based and family child care. With an emphasis on infant toddler and multi age settings, learn easy STEM activities for children birth to age three.
Workshop 4: “Tinkering” with Manipulatives: PreK and TK
Manipulatives are a powerful tool for teaching mathematics in early childhood environments. Be ready to “Tinker” with manipulatives and explore how they can be used to develop an understanding counting and sorting in young children. Join us for this hands-on workshops and walk away with ideas, strategies and activities that you can use with your students in your classroom on Monday!
Workshop 5: Integrating STEM Across the Curriculum
Learn how to integrate STEM practices throughout your early learning environment Prek-TK. Join us as we explore hands-on STEM activities that integrate learning across the curriculum including language and literacy.
Workshop 6: Let’s Build, Create, and Play with Loose Parts
Come “Tinker” and explore at the Child Creativity Lab Maker’s Space. Experience the joy of building, creating, and playing with open ended materials. Learn the importance of repurposing materials and how fun and engaging it is to explore with loose parts. Educators will come away with ideas on how to use loose parts to inspire and teach early learners about STEM.
*NEW* Workshop 7: Preschool Mathematical Problem Solving
This workshop will explore Preschool Math using counting collections and a problem-solving mathematics method to improve number sense and computation for our youngest learners. The participant will receive hands-on practice with research- based strategies. These strategies focus on seeing young children as capable learners and encourages teachers to pose story problems that can be solved by the child based on their own prior knowledge and critical thinking skills.
*NEW* Workshop 8: Watch, Play, Explore, Share: Strategies for Using Media in your S.T.E.M. Classroom
It is a very exciting time in the world of education, young children, and technology, but it can also feel overwhelming if you are trying to figure out how to get started in your classroom. As media continues to become more prevalent in our lives – let’s explore how to use media effectively and appropriately in an ECE classroom. Together we will discuss strategies for implementing media in your S.T.E.M. classroom. Using simple & creative approaches – we will examine videos, interactive games, and hands-on activities that support science, math, and engineering learning. We will even check out a new platform that can be used to teach children basic coding skills using higher order thinking, problem solving, and storytelling. Interactive, Hands-On, and Fun.