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 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.

The cost of our Iowa 3-hour workshops are $600.

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)

Children who play with blocks outperform those who do not throughout their entire academic careers. Block play offers opportunities for learning scientific concepts such as cause and effect, and mathematical concepts such as quantity, classification and ordering. Block play with young infants results in understanding the sensory nature of blocks.


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

Water activities can be more than just 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 characteristics 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 science, math, and literacy. Participants will explore the value of cooking from an educational point of view, use child-tested recipes, and see how children can use simple kitchen appliances to produce tasty learning! Safe and practical chemistry for young children.


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

This session places teachers and caregivers into an environment rich with materials and space to inspire STEM learning. Held on UNI campus, participants will spend three hours exploring materials of their choice that can be used with young children to investigate how the world of objects work. Examples include:


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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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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.

To learn more about Ramps & Pathways, please visit our Ramps & Pathways website. 


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