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Early STEM Initiative

Early STEMYoung children are natural-born scientists, explorers, and engineers. Investment in early-childhood – defined as ages birth to 8 years – STEM education is a workforce-pipeline issue. High-quality early-learning environments provide children with a structure in which to build upon their natural inclination to explore, to build, and to question. There is a powerful and exciting link between STEM and early childhood. Research has confirmed that the brain is particularly receptive to learning math and logic between the ages of 1 and 4, and that early math skills are the most powerful predictors of later learning. Learn more about the ways we are supporting early STEM learning in Idaho using the following links to projects and professional development opportunities. You can also explore a variety of resources using the Early STEM Resources button below or by visiting our Resource Portal.
Early STEM Brain Power

WHY Early STEM is Important

The early childhood years, birth to age 5, have long been accepted as the most critical point in neurological or brain development. Studies by the National Science Teachers Association show that young children learn through active exploration—and the drive to observe, interact, discover, and explore is inherent in their development. And it is during these years that many in the education community believe that evidenced-based STEM curricula should begin, setting children on a path to develop a love of scientific inquiry.
Early STEM Dollars Count

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