Practice-Focused Presentations

Practice-focused presentations: These 15-minute recorded presentations focus on practical applications of early STEM learning for children with and without disabilities. Each recording is accompanied by a recorded Q & A session.

STEM Learning Within Family Routines and Activities

Examples of how to provide infants and young children with STEM learning opportunities within typical family activities and routines will be illustrated. Participants will learn about foundational skills and how to build learning opportunities into typical activities and routines using opportunity, adaptations and facilitated adult interactions. Presenter: Pip Campbell, Occupational Therapist/Researcher, Public Health Management Corporation, & STEMIE team member

Engineering in Early Education

This session focuses how young children might meaningfully engage in age-appropriate engineering. It describes three core features of engineering—designing for a goal, engaging in a problem-solving process, and considering materials—and explores what these might look like with young children. After outlining some best practices for engineering, video of preschool engineering activities demonstrate such practices in action. Presenter: Christine Cunningham, Professor of Practice in Education and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.

STEAM with Families at Boston Children's Museum

At Boston Children’s Museum, young learners, including children with special needs, engage in open-ended play and exploration that help them develop STEAM skills and habits of mind. This archived session introduces Boston Children's Museum's approaches to activity development and ways to support caregivers as they discover their children’s unique capabilities as learners. Presenters: Saki Iwamoto and Michelle Diieso, STEAM team, Boston Children's Museum.

Bringing Music and STEM Together: Four Practical Activities

Learn how to implement four activities that can help bring music and STEM together into the early childhood classroom. Presenter: Yokasta Ureña, Early Childhood Special Educator, New York City Public Schools and Bridge Multimedia

Playful Preschool STEM: 3 Tips to Support Young Learners Everyday

Is STEM really everywhere? Is it really for everyone? Yes and yes! Jump start early STEM teaching and learning as we discuss 3 tips that teachers and families can use with all preschool children, including children with disabilities. The archived Q&A with the presenter is available in the "Resource Link" below. Presenter: Alissa Lange, Associate Professor; EC Stem Lab Director, East Tennessee State University

Science and Talk: A Natural Fit for Young Dual Language Learners

The relationship between language, thinking, and social interaction is close and complex, making science a perfect context for fueling language development for both monolingual English-speakers and Dual-Language Learners (DLLs)—children learning English in addition to a primary home language. This presentation will introduce and illustrate several effective strategies for creating language/literacy rich science experiences that promote inclusion for all children in the Early Childhood science curriculum. Presenter: Cindy Hoisington, Senior Associate PD and Curriculum Design, Education Development Center

Early Math: Surprising Important

This presentation focuses on why early math is important for each and every young child with and without disabilities. Presenters: Doug Clements & Julie Sarama, Marsico Institute, University of Denver (STEMIE team)

Making Science and Engineering Visible in Early Childhood

Although young children are "natural scientists," the adults in young children' s lives play critical support roles for setting the foundations of early science and engineering learning. The presentation reviews a framework that we adapted from the new framework for K-12 science education (NRC, 2012) that helps adults both "see" and support young children in their goal-directed science and engineering explorations, investigations and problem solving. Presenter: Daryl Greenfield, Applied Development Psychologist and Professor of Psychology & Pediatrics, University of Miami, FL.

Computational Thinking for Each and Every Child

This archived presentation focuses on the foundational skills involved in computational thinking for children with and without disabilities. The presenters explain why computational thinking is important, describe what computational thinking is, and suggest ways to integrate computational thinking skills into daily routines and activities for young children with and without disabilities. Presenters: Jessica Amsbary & Janice Anderson from STEMIE

STEMIEFest 2020 Media Cubbies Panel

Learn about the resources and work of contributors to the STEMIEFest 2020 media cubbies/STEM mini chats. Panelists include friends from the Boston Children's Museum, The Little Orchestra Society, Bebop Mechanic, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Early EduAlliance, the National Center on Early Childhood Teaching and Learning, the Iowa Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education, Kidzu Children's Museum, and Jessica Hardy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Bonnie Ingelin from the University of St. Thomas.

STEM Drives Progress: Practical Approaches on Integrating STEM to Address IEP Goals

This session highlights the importance of opportunity and access to STEM for young children with disabilities. It demonstrates the impact of STEM in addressing multiple areas of a child’s IEP such as academic, communication, social emotional, fine motor, and visual perceptual goals. Participants will learn practical approaches to integrate STEM in the classroom in order to address IEP goals and ways to collaborate with families to spark the school to home connection. Presenter: Yvette Mere-Cook, Professor and Researcher, Boise State University Early and Special Education Department