STEM PLAY: Integrating Inquiry into Learning Centers

Presented by: Dr. Kelly L. Jennings-Towle, Associate Lecturer, College of Education and Human Performance, University of Central Florida
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The idea of integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into learning centers is a relatively new concept. However, the integration of STEM in the early years exposes young children to a problem-solving approach to learning which aligns with their own curiosity. Children need time and interactions to facilitate their learning and play. Learning centers provide the perfect platform for these experiences.

In this webinar, Dr. Kelly L. Jennings-Towle, author of STEM PLAY: Integrating Inquiry into Learning Centers, presented on how to think more broadly about younger children’s learning options in the area of STEM. She shared:

  • How to integrate STEM content naturally while young children play with materials commonly found in learning centers
  • Ways to support STEM curriculum in the early childhood classroom through open-ended questions and meaningful conversations
  • STEM activities and themes as well as related social-emotional development and assessment topics

Let’s explore STEM together and challenge our own imaginations in order to provide inquiry-based instruction for our future architects, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists!