Why Ask Why? STEAM in Preschool Learning Environments

Why Ask Why? STEAM in Preschool Learning Environments

About this Course

STEAM learning(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) occurs instinctivelyfor young children everyday as theyplay and investigate their surroundings.Today,almost 100% of jobs require the ability to think critically and listen actively, and 70% of jobs require math knowledge and skills. Research shows that skills developed through science, technology, engineering, art, and math education are necessary for employment in all fields. In this course, we will explore whyand howpreschool educatorsshould encourage youngchildren to ask inquiry-based questions to support STEAM education. We’ll investigate each of the STEAM content areas, and we’ll also discuss researched-based practices for incorporating this content into early learning environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Support the development of scientific thinking in preschoolers through inquiry, exploration, and the use of the scientific method.
  • Improve young children’s cognitive development through the use of digital technology.
  • Guide young children in using math, science, and technology to problem solve using the Engineering Design Process.
  • Use questions to help guide children through problem-solving experiences.
  • Encourage young children to innovateand solve problems creativelythrough early art experiences.
  • Create a learning environment that supports early math skill development.
  • Communicate the importance of STEAM and family engagement.Weave STEAM concepts into daily routines and learning experiences.

These strategies are job-embedded and will need to be implementedwiththepreschool children in your program.

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