The foundation of STEM curriculum begins in a child’s early years. During the early years, children can develop the love of science and technology and a feeling of efficacy for their own abilities that can support their learning in the years ahead.
When we break down the acronym into its parts, we see that our early childhood programs practice STEM activities everyday:
- Science activities include exploring water and sand, comparing and contracting natural materials like rocks and soil, rolling balls across the room, and looking through a magnifying glass to count how many legs are on a bug.
- Technology activities include computers, iPad, but also identifying simple machines like gears and wheels and pulleys.
- Engineering in early childhood classroom happens in the block area. There, children are planning and designing structures everyday with minimum teacher direction.
- Mathematics activities include counting and matching shapes and making patterns. Measuring is doable, especially with unit blocks where two of one size equal one of the next size up.