Tuesday, November 14 • 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Seeds of STEM: Early Childhood Engineering Curriculum from Diversity and Collaboration Perspective

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Seeds of STEM is a high-quality engineering curriculum that was developed to enhance preschool children’s skills of problem solving. To achieve this, we developed the curriculum through the collaboration of WPI, The College of Holy Cross, and Worcester Head Start. In addition, the partnership conducted professional development workshops for all Worcester Head Start teachers that focused on the engineering design process and diversity in STEM. This presentation is intended to inform Pre-K educators, administrators, para-professionals, policy makers, and researchers who study the early learning of STEM. In our session, we will present the Seeds of STEM research based framework for high quality early childhood STEM and diversity in the classroom. We will provide examples of high quality tasks from Seeds of STEM curriculum and share results from Engineering in the classroom and Diversity training teacher workshops, teacher feedback forms, and video observations of applied learning.


Melissa-Sue John

Co-PI, Seeds of STEM, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Susmitha Wunnava

Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Tuesday November 14, 2017 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Junior Ballroom