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Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

Professional Development

Young children experiment to learn about the world around them. Physical science activities engage children in experimentation to figure out how things work. Participants will see videos of children using physical science materials, will experiment with the materials themselves, and will learn how to use them in their own settings.

Our workshops and professional development courses have been designed for teachers of 3-year-olds to 2nd grade. All workshops are 3 hours in length and are limited to 24 participants. While workshops pique educators' interest in STEM activities, professional development over time is more satisfying and productive. The Regents' Center will contract with centers and school districts to provide professional development and allow teachers to earn UNI graduate credit. The professional development will be designed to meet your center or district's specific needs.

Please contact regents.center@uni.edu to schedule a workshop or inquire about professional development.

Soap & Water Sandwich: Investigating Bubbles
Limited to 24 participants (3 hours)

Children engage in inquiry as they seek answers to their questions, such as:  How can I hold a bubble without it popping?  Can I make a square bubble? How can I make a bubble with a fork? Participants will engage in bubble blowing activities as they attempt to answer these questions and learn how making many types of bubbles promotes reasoning.


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The Project Approach
Limited to 24 participants (3 hours)

Coming soon...

Learn to support children's long-term investigations of how the world works.  The Regents' Center professional development works to help teachers distinguish between the deep investigations involved in project work versus the fairly common superficial theme activities often seen in preschool and elementary school classes. 


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Tinkering with Tops: Exploring Physics of Rotational Motion
Limited to 24 participants (3 hours)

Children explore lines of symmetry along an axis and other variables that affect rotational motion such as the size, shape, and weight of the top body and its placement on the spindle.


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