STEM in Early Education
Young children are active learners. They learn through exploring, investigating and trial and error. Older children use these same methods to learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Even though introducing STEM concepts to young learners seems like a natural process, STEM programs are geared toward older students. Easter Seals North Georgia’s STEM in early education harnesses young children’s natural curiosity and active participation to prepare them for success in today’s technology-centered world.
Easter Seals North Georgia’s STEM in early education will prepare young learners for school, their parents in supporting their children’s education and teachers for educating and guiding children to explore, investigate, create and learn using hands-on trail-and-error methods. We will accomplish these goals by applying three components of the program:
- implement developmentally appropriate practices through the use of a STEM curriculum;
- introduce and engage families to STEM concepts through family events, volunteer opportunities and advisory roles; and,
- support professional development for staff through hands-on trainings.
Check out some photos from a family learning event at our Brookvalley location. Students, along with their families, made edibile cars. Everyone was encouraged to experiment using their materials to make fun, functional and yummy cars!