ABOUT STEM for Little Learners
WHAT IS STEAM? STEAM is an educational approach to learning that includes Science, Technology, Engineering, the ARTS and Mathematics.
WHY IS STEAM IMPORTANT? Innovation comes from bold new ideas. STEM to STEAM approaches to learning provides young children with a process to wonder, critique, inquire and innovate which shapes young children’s ability to solve tomorrow’s problems and become a 21st Century leader.
HOW TO SPARK CHILDREN’S INTEREST IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH? Gail Conway, CEO, Opening Minds says, “Stop trying to teach skills in isolation and instead focus on teaching children how the world works. According to Falk and Dierking, only 5% of learning happens at school, the real learning happens informally. This is why PLAY is critical in young children’s development and learning, and why program designs need to consider the informal learning opportunities that happen outside of school time and the classroom.
Life experience is one of our greatest teachers. Consequently, program designs need to consider the informal learning opportunities that happen outside of school time and the classroom. STEM for Little Learners designs and builds your capacity to develop learning experiences for the 21st Century. Our belief is learning happens everywhere- home, school, community and forest.”
We work with two trusted community resources to reach both adults and children- our National Network of Public Broadcasting Television Stations and Public Libraries, to demystify fears and build excitement and knowledge for STEM effectively increasing access to STEM Early Learning Opportunities in impoverished neighborhoods for thousands.
Emmy Award winning brothers, Adam and David Rudman, and Spiffy Pictures are bridging the gap between traditional principles of outdoor education that seek to break the media habits of children, by using media as a vehicle to actually get them to step away from the screen and reconnect with nature. One of the main motivations for creating the PBS Kids show, Nature Cat, was to help alleviate the fears of exploring nature for both parents and kids. Adam and David worked with a curriculum/content advisor on Nature Cat to create stories that model irresistible outdoor discovery through adventure. Each story aims to inspire kids to get out of their seats and go outdoors to “play the show”.