Children’s engagement with engineering design can support their higher-order thinking skills and, at the same time, provide an exciting context for integrated STEM learning. In this virtual event, hosted by Early Learning Investigations, Angi Stone-Macdonald, Ph.D , and Amanda Lopes, Ph.D., will share resources to use the engineering process to design learning experiences that support STEM development for children 0-5 in inclusive settings.
Based on their book, Engaging Young Engineers: Teaching Problem-Solving Skills Through STEM, the presenters will provide guidance to help participants cultivate problem-solving and critical thinking skills through intentional activities and the implementation of universal design for learning (UDL) to meet the needs of all children. This presentation will provide educators with hands-on activities using Next Generation Science Standards and specific UDL strategies that support all young children.
Participants will leave this session able to…
- use an emergent engineering problem-solving framework to support STEM inquiry experiences in an inclusive classroom.
- implement an engineering problem-solving experience in their classroom utilizing UDL strategies to support children with disabilities and emergent bilinguals.
- design an engineering experience so that children with disabilities can develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills or pre-requisite skills grounded in a children’s book.
- connect engineering experiences to children’s books that represent a variety of experiences of historically marginalized groups.
Learn more and register for this event here.