STEM In Early Childhood Class

Early Years Education Foundations

  • Pedagogy & Theory
  • Ben Jones
  • 1.5 Hours
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STEM In Early Childhood Class
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Qualified Educators


1.5 Hours


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7 Videos


Welcome to The Big STEM Class all about embedding STEM into early childhood education. In this class, we will explore how integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) into early learning experiences can profoundly impact young children's development. By introducing STEM concepts at an early age, we can foster a lifelong love of learning, encourage natural curiosity, and build a solid foundation for future academic success. We will delve into the cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of STEM education, examining how it enhances critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Additionally, we'll discuss practical strategies for incorporating STEM activities into everyday learning environments, ensuring that children are engaged and inspired. Moreover, we will explore the science of motivation and how understanding what drives young learners can significantly improve their engagement and enthusiasm for STEM subjects. We'll also delve into the principles of inquiry-based learning, where children learn by asking questions, investigating, and discovering answers, thereby making the learning process more dynamic and effective. Join us as we uncover the transformative power of STEM education in shaping young minds and preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the future. Whether you're an educator, parent, or simply interested in early childhood development, this class will provide valuable insights and tools to support the growth and learning of young children through the wonders of STEM and the science of motivation.

Skills you'll learn

Lesson Content

1. The Benefits of STEM In Early Childhood


Lesson 1 is all about gaining an understanding for the foundations of STEM. In this first lesson you'll explore how young minds develop critical thinking, creativity, and confidence through inquiry-based and hands-on activities. Supported by modern neuroscience you'll learn the importance of STEM in helping children enhance problem-solving skills, build resilience through trial and error, and enjoy collaborative learning to improve teamwork and communication. Interdisciplinary activities and play integrate various subjects, fostering cognitive flexibility and real-world application, preparing children for future academic and personal success.

2. The Science Of Motivation


In early childhood, motivation is shaped by how the brain uses past experiences to predict future outcomes. The brain continuously updates its expectations based on feedback from goals, actions, and internal body signals. This process, known as predictive coding, helps children reduce uncertainty and feel more confident in their abilities. By learning from both successes and failures, children refine their strategies and stay motivated. In this lesson you'll explore how creating a supportive environment with clear goals, positive feedback, and opportunities for exploration helps enhance these predictive processes, fostering motivation and effective learning in young children.

3. Inquiry Based Learning


This lessons aims to equip early years educators with a comprehensive understanding of inquiry-based learning and its integration with STEM education. Participants will explore the principles of inquiry-based learning, emphasising the importance of fostering curiosity and critical thinking in young children. The class will demonstrate practical strategies for incorporating STEM concepts into everyday activities, balancing children's interests with the introduction of new and novel experiences. By the end of the session, educators will have the tools and confidence to create a dynamic, engaging learning environment that encourages exploration and discovery in early childhood education.

4. A Deep Dive Into Science


First up is Science, in this lesson you'll explore how early years educators can incorporate scientific concepts into their planning and environments. We'll discuss simple, hands-on experiments and nature-based activities that ignite children's curiosity about the world around them. Learn how to create a science-rich environment that encourages exploration and inquiry, fostering a love for discovery and critical thinking.

5. A Deep Dive Into Technology


In this lesson, we will focus on integrating technology into early childhood education. Discover age-appropriate technological tools and resources that can enhance learning and play. Early childhood isn't about mastering apps and computers but utilising technology to help widen children's understanding of the world around them is a vital components of day to day education.

6. A Deep Dive Into Engineering


This lesson delves into the world of engineering for young learners. Learn how to incorporate building, designing, and constructing activities into your curriculum. We'll discuss the importance of open-ended play with blocks, recycled materials, and simple machines, and how these activities help develop spatial awareness, creativity, and collaborative skills among children.

7. A Deep Dive Into Maths


In this lesson, we will explore strategies for embedding mathematical concepts into early childhood education. From counting and sorting activities to pattern recognition and basic geometry, discover how to make math fun and accessible through play. We'll discuss creating math-rich environments and activities that promote numeracy skills and logical thinking, laying a strong foundation for future learning. Maths interventions out, and play in!

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