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Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall, 12 Months of STEM in ALL!

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 5
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Poster

Mary Yankosky-Amtsberg  
When young children are given the opportunity to take an active part in their own learning, it allows them to be successful in all areas of their development. Cross-curricular, real-world STEM experiences allow for this and promote a growth mindset. A STEM activity guide will be provided.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: N\A
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
Related exhibitors:
TechNType - Typesy
, Nearpod/Renaissance
, Book Creator
, Canva for Education
, Disney Imagination Campus
, Hatch Early Learning
, Screencastify
, Teachers Pay Teachers
, Zoom

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective


In many early childhood classrooms STEM\project-based learning is done sporadically and added onto the day rather than being a part of the daily learning process. Creating, implementing and integrating developmentally appropriate STEM\project-based learning projects into early childhood classroom can be done seamlessly and easily. This poster session will showcase these types of projects.


Participants will define the 4 C’s of STEM and how they relate in the early childhood classroom

Participants will define developmentally appropriate practice (DAP)

Participants will explore and analyze DAP STEM projects

Participants will view, discuss and ask questions regarding completed student work samples

Participants will explore different learning theories

Participants will compare and contrast learning theories and how they relate to DAP STEM projects

Participants will identify the importance of Growth Mindset and making mistakes in DAP STEM projects

Participants will identify the pros and cons of becoming a “guide on the side” with DAP STEM projects

Supporting research

Vygotskian Perspectives in Early Childhood
Vygotsky's ideas on teaching and learning
Private speech, executive functioning, and the development of verbal self-regulation
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
The Tension between Teacher Control and Children’s Freedom in a Child-centered Classroom: Resolving the Practical Dilemma through a Closer Look at the Related Theories

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School
Why Is STEM Important in Early Childhood Education? Understanding Child Development and Learning
Why STEM Education Is Essential for Younger Kids
Engaging Preschoolers in STEM: It’s Easier Than You Think!
4 Things Everyone Should Know About Early STEM Learning
Engaging Children in STEM Education EARLY!
Insights Into Early STEM Learning

The Reggio Approach
NSTA Reggio Emilia Approach to Science
A journey into Inquiry Based Learning—Reggio Emilia

Montessori Society
Montessori and STEM
STEM Integration in the Montessori Early Childhood Classroom
Highscope Curriculum
Tools of The Mind
Tools of the Mind and Inquiry Science and Bringing It All Together

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Mary Yankosky-Amtsberg, Upper Merion Area School District

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