Developmentally Appropriate STEM: It’s STREAM! (Science, Technology, Relationships, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)

The session explores what developmentally appropriate STEM looks like in holistic early childhood education. DA STEM needs to be infused with the added dimensions of relationship-building and the creative arts. Participants analyze how DA STEM learning activities integrate relationship-building and the creative arts in learning experiences. We discuss how relationship-building and the arts enlighten and enliven STEM learning, and how DA STEM guides young children in observant involvement with the world around. The session includes a presentation to introduce the idea, and small group case-study analysis with large group sharing and discussion on this “hot topic” in the early childhood field.

Gateway Topics: Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Interactions with Children, Early Art
Gateways Content Areas: (E) Interactions, Relationships and Environments
Gateways CDA Content Areas: (2) Physical/Intellectual

Assistant Principals
Home Visitors
Occupational Therapists
Parent Educators/Family Specialists
Physical Therapists
School Psychologists
Social Workers
Speech/Language Pathologists
Teacher Assistants/Paraprofessionals
STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics
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