Engaging Young Children in STEM​ (ECE)

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2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education

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Engaging Young Children in STEM

2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Did you know that according to the US Department of Education by the year 2020 it is estimated that the demand for STEM professionals will add nearly 10 million new jobs to the American workplace? Young children are natural scientists and STEM is an area that most child care professionals and teachers are uncomfortable introducing to their students of all ages. Ideally, students will build their foundational STEM skills to the point of real-world applications and future careers. This course will discuss the basics of STEM and how early childhood education programs can benefit from introducing STEM to their students, as well as suggestions for how to do so. Lesson plan examples are also included.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze infant and toddler STEM play examples for developmentally appropriate STEM support.
  • Analyze one of the given STEM lesson plans for potential use in your program
  • Explain STEM instruction for young children


Washington STARS credit:  Curriculum and Learning Environment (2 hours)
CDA Unit 2: Advancing children's physical and intellectual development (2 hours)

  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Family Child Care (Mixed-Age)


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