Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

Professional Development

Iowa 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 second 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.

The cost of our Iowa 3-hour workshops for Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral are $600 plus travel expenses.  For all other organizations, the cost of our Iowa 3-hour workshops are $750 plus travel expenses.  There's an additional charge of $25 per person for any workshop more than 24 participants.

Please contact regents.center@uni.edu to schedule a workshop or inquire about tailoring professional development to meet your unique needs.

Infants and Toddlers Block Play: STEM in the Blocks Center
Limited to 24 participants (3 hours)

Block play offers opportunities for learning scientific concepts such as cause and effect, and mathematical concepts such as quantity, classification, and ordering.  Participants will learn how to support infant and toddler play with blocks, from selecting blocks and accessories and observing how the children use them, to how to comment and ask questions to support discovery.  Participants will


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Let It Flow: Exploring Water Movement
Limited to 24 participants (3 hours)

Water activities can be much more than sensory play.  Children can experiment and learn about the dynamics of water, such as how size and placement of holes in cups affect flow.  Participants will experiment with water materials and will learn how to inspire children's investigation into the properties of water.

 


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Pancakes, Pudding, and Problem-Solving: Investigating Chemistry in Cooking
Limited to 24 participants (3 hours)

Young children love to cook!  Cooking is a grown-up activity that engages children in all aspects of STEM and provides an opportunity for meaningful literacy experiences.  Participants will explore the educational value of using child-tested recipes.  Safe and practical chemistry for young children, using simple kitchen appliances to produce tasty learning!


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Play for Teachers: Discover the Learner You Want Your Children to Be
Limited to 24 participants (3 hours)

Adults who work with children come to an environment rich with materials and space to inspire STEM learning.  During the workshop participants will choose a variety of STEM centers filled with high quality materials that can be used with young children to investigate how the world of objects works.


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

Experimenting with bubbles made of soap film gives children an opportunity to construct relationships about light and color, surface tension, and chemical composition.  Children – and adults too! -- engage in inquiry when seeking answers to such questions as:  How can I hold a bubble without letting it pop?  Can I make a square bubble?  How can I make a bubble with a fork? 

 


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

Not all children or their adults have played with tops, but most of us have experienced rotational motion.  Participants will investigate tops and everyday objects to meet high-quality STEM requirements.  Children can produce the action of the top on their own with an immediate result that is observable, and they can vary either their actions in spinning or the construction of the top.


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