The maker movement and tinker time are two hot trends in early childhood education that integrate STEAM content (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math). Making or tinkering encourages learners to think with their hands. Materials are explored, manipulated and evaluated by children. Children are encouraged to “wonder” about the possibilities and develop their own understanding of how things work. Mak...

Think back to your childhood. What was your favorite memory or experience about science? What sparked your interest? How were these experiences created?

One of my favorite childhood memories about science was watching The Magic School Bus. I wish I had a  teacher as cool as Ms. Frizzle to make science fun.  Although Ms. Frizzle is a character from the cartoon The Magic School Bus, there are...

I have often witnessed children’s interest peak when someone has read a picture book on a science related topic. Their eyes are glued to the book, excitedly waiting for the page to be turned, yet still trying to take in all the stunning illustrations and information from the current page. 

Picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, can be a great way to support children in increasing their science kno...

Field trips can be great learning opportunities for students. They can serve as the real world example of content that they have been reading about or discussing in class, which can aid in solidifying learning. However, field trips can also be greatly expensive, and there are only so many field trip grants to go around. Yet, the benefits of experiencing learning outside of the classroom, of learning w...

This summer we are privileged to be bringing Diana Velez, Professional and Leadership Developer at University of California at Berkeley, to San Antonio to present to K-3rd grade educators. Through support of the National Science Foundation and the Lawrence Hall of Science at Berkeley, Dr. Velez has developed science curriculum. She will be joined by Claudio Vargas, currently a Program Coordinator, who...

A few weeks ago a colleague and I had the chance to present at the Out in Space, Down to Earth STEM Educator Conference.  This conference was held at the Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College.  Our session was titled “Think Like an Engineer” and was designed specifically for educators of Pre-K students.  Engineering and early childhood may not seem to go together, but, as our participants lea...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009


April 8, 2019

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