Early STEM PD Workshop
In this 7-hour early STEM Workshop, early childhood practitioners will discuss lessons learned through implementing tools and techniques from the past workshop, dive deeper into hands-on inquiry-based learning and the engineering design process, and work to build a community of practice with fellow attendees.
- Further their understanding of inquiry-based learning and how it can meet young children's cognitive and social emotional needs
- Share examples of inquiry-driven design thinking in their learning environment
- Practice the concept of "hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on"
- Create their own early STEM curriculum that equips students to design, conduct, and analyze experiments to solve challenges from popular early childhood books
- Explore the use of high-level questioning to extend and scaffold students' learning during all learning and routine care activities throughout the preschool day
- Learn to implement a screen-free preschool coding curriculum
- Network with local early childhood practitioners to support a strong early STEM learning program throughout IdahoLearn to implement a screen-free preschool coding curriculum
- Network with local early childhood practitioners to support a strong early STEM learning program throughout Idaho
Formal and informal educators who attended one of the 2018 or 2019 Early STEM Professional Development workshops. Up to 2 educators from one site may apply through one application if both educators attended a previous workshop.
April 4, 2020 - Twin Falls
April 11, 2020 - Pocatello
April 18, 2020 - CDA/Lewiston
May 2, 2020 – Treasure Valley
Grantees will receive:
- One full day of training
- $200 Materials Stipend after successful attendance and participation in post-workshop community learning of practice webinar
- Travel stipend to the closest training per workshop attendee
- Idaho STARS credit will be available
Open: January 6, 2020
Close: February 3, 2020
Award Date: February 24, 2020