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Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

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Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Children construct knowledge of the world through exploring, experimenting, and forming nascent "theories" about how the world works. However, national efforts in math and science rarely focus on children below third grade, and almost never below kindergarten. Clearly, more can be done in the early years to take advantage of children's natural curiosity and lay a foundation for later STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning.

This project supports early childhood educators in creating hands-on, interactive classroom activities that encourage young children to develop and use scientific inquiry processes to explore and better understand their environments. This project will reach students (and their teachers) in an age group that has received little attention from the STEM community. In addition to laying a foundation that will contribute to increasing the number of students who choose to pursue careers in STEM fields, the work of CEESTEM will also contribute to raising the scientific literacy of all students, including those who do not choose careers in STEM fields.

 

To attend one of our upcoming professional development workshops, please register at the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry.

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

  • Soap & Water Sandwich: Investigating Bubbles, 9 am - Noon
    • Workshop Location:  Alphabet Academy, 6351 Beechtree Dr., West Des Moines, IA  50266
  • Tinkering with Tops: Exploring Physics of Rotational Motion, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    • Workshop Location:  Alphabet Academy, 6351 Beechtree Dr., West Des Moines, IA  50266

Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • Pancakes, Pudding, and Problem-Solving: Investigating Chemistry in Cooking, 6 pm - 9 pm
    • Workshop Location:  Clear Lake AEA 267, 9184 265th St., Suite B, Clear Lake, IA  50428

Thursday, May 17, 2018

  • Exploring Force and Motion through Ramps and Pathways, 6 pm - 9 pm
    • Workshop Location:  Clear Lake AEA 267, 9184 265th St., Suite B, Clear Lake, IA  50428

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • Tinkering with Tops: Exploring Physics of Rotational Motion, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
    • Workshop Location:  Great Prairie AEA, Auditorium A, 2814 N. Court St., Ottumwa, IA  52501
  • Exploring Light & Shadow, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    • Workshop Location:  Great Prairie AEA, Auditorium A, 2814 N. Court St., Ottumwa, IA  52501