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Myths about Science, with an early childhood focus

The National Science Teachers Association website has a section for families titled, “Help Your Child Explore Science.” Here’s my adaptation  of the “Myths about Science” page in that section, giving it an early childhood focus.  Myths about Science, with an early childhood focus Myth #1: Science teaching is better left to the teacher. Your child has […]

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Let it go! Let it go!

  I’m a pre-service teacher who is a little scared about teaching inquiry-based science in the classroom! What are some things you wish you knew before teaching elementary school science? —K., New Mexico   I understand your anxieties about inquiry-based learning but think of it as the most natural thing a child does! Adults just tend […]

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Active or passive science?

One of my biggest questions is how to get the younger elementary students involved in science. Should we do more hands-on activities, having them participate in the environment or should we watch videos? —F., Texas “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through […]

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Inquiring about Inquiry

How beneficial and effective can inquiry-based learning be at the younger elementary school grades (K-2)? What are some ideas for incorporating this type of learning at this level? —K., Wyoming I would argue the only way to teach science to our youngest students is through inquiry!  Humans were born with innate curiosity and a willingness […]

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Explore, investigate, experiment, and inquire: What do we call it when young children “do” science?

Learning about the natural and human built world begins at birth, if not before. The early childhood years, usually described as including children from birth through age eight, are a time when new experiences build brain connections that form the foundation for later connections.  The way we provide experiences for children may open or close […]

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Engineering activities

Are you interested in enhancing your STEM teaching repertoire? Or in integrating engineering concepts but not sure where to start? There have been some new features added to a free resource which is appropriate for in-school and informal K-12 educators. The TeachEngineering digital library is an online collection with more than 1,500 engineering curricular materials […]

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Week of the Young Child from NAEYC, April 24-28

How will your early childhood program celebrate the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) annual “Week of the Young Child?” Explorations that relate to all five daily themes offer many opportunities to connect young children to science and engineering concepts, using math and technology to build their understandings in a science inquiry investigating a […]

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Giving a Hand to STEM

Teachers who want their students to work on real-life science, technology, engineering, and math projects that help solve community problems are having their students create prosthetic hands.

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Students Teaching Science to Younger Students

High school and college students are teaching science to younger students as part of outreach efforts such as the Wide Horizons Nature Program in Kansas, the Science Ambassadors program in Georgia, and Kids Are Scientists Too, which operates in eight states and in Ontario, Canada.

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Changes in How We See Scientific Inquiry

Ask 20 teachers what scientific inquiry is and it’s possible you’ll receive 20 different answers. From a series of proscribed steps to a lab-based free-for-all, conceptions have shifted over time. In the National Research Council’s (NRC) 1996 National Science Education Standards (NSES), inquiry held a prominent position as its own content area, but the term […]

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