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Early Childhood STEM Investigations

5 week online course for preK - Grade 2 educators

Early Childhood STEM Investigations Early Childhood STEM Investigations

Educators of children ages 3-7: Register for this online STEM course that begins August 15th!

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Course: Early Childhood STEM Investigations

Facilitator: Jennifer Thompson, Preschool and Elementary  Division Director, NSTA

Cost: FREE for educators in the Oregon Coast STEM Hub region. Non-Coast educators are welcome as space allows, but must purchase their own books (see below).

Description: Young children are genuinely curious and inventive as they explore the world around them. Building on those explorations means using quality materials and engaging experiences to provide STEM investigations.

Join us as we identify ways to use simple materials with thoughtful investigations that support young children’s authentic interests. We will share ideas and build our “toolbox” of problem solving and early engineering strategies as we interact with life, earth and physical science lessons.

This course is fully online, using the ZOOM Videoconferencing platform, on five (5) Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm PST, on the following dates:

August 15th, 22nd, and September 12th, 19th, 26th
6:00pm-8:00pm PST

All you need to participate is an internet connection, and a computer, laptop, or smart device (Android or iPad) that has a speaker, microphone, and video camera.

This course is geared for day care providers, pre-school, KG, 1st and 2nd grade educators, and out of school educators who serve children ages 3-7. Participants will use the following books:

A Head Start on Science

Science Learning in the Early Years

The course and materials are FREE for educators in the Oregon Coast STEM Hub region. Non-Coast educators are welcome as space allows, but must purchase their own books.

Register by August 10th.

***One (1) Graduate Credit may be available if at least 10 people request it.

The course will be facilitated by Jennifer Thompson, currently the Preschool and Elementary Division Director for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.) Jennifer is an experienced, respected, early childhood educator. She has taught for 20 years in the Juneau School District in Juneau, Alaska. Her advocacy for young children has been recognized through the Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching, serving as a Distinguished Einstein Fellow with NSF and earning her National Board certification in Early Childhood Education. Jennifer’s favorite activity to do with her first grade students is outdoor field sessions around water!

Questions? Contact Ruth McDonald, Oregon Coast STEM Hub Educator Professional Learning Coordinator:

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About Cait Goodwin, Communications Coordinator for OCSH (25 Articles)
Cait Goodwin is the Communications Coordinator for the Oregon Coast STEM Hub (OCSH), and coordinates a variety of marine education programs with Oregon Sea Grant. The OCSH engages coastal educators and students with inspiring STEM experiences, preparing students to be highly skilled employees and educated citizens, capable of making informed decisions about global and regional issues.