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NAAEYC 2020 ECE Conference          

Curious Child

DATE: APRIL 25, 2020

TIME: 8:00am - 4:15pm

LOCATION: Calvary United Methodist Church

3701 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215



Conference postponed to September 19

Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Beth Van Meeteren

Director of the Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

Keynote: Cultivating Curiosity and Creativity in Young Children: STEM on Their Own Terms

Creative and innovative thinkers are increasingly valuable in STEM fields where new technologies are being engineered. Recent research in brain development is identifying the early years of learning as critical in building the brain for creativity and innovation. Children are already curious about what is in the world and how it works. This session will examine early education environments that cultivate this curiosity and creativity to raise the next generation of inventors.

Session 1: Pattern Blocks and Puzzle Frames:

Explore a new way to use the pattern blocks available in may high-quality early childhood classrooms.These puzzle frames challenge children as they develop spatial thinking that is essential in STEM disciplines. As they learn, they build cognitive flexibility, working memory, and inhibitory control.

Session 2: Exploring Light and Shadow: 

Come learn how light and shadow experiences can be designed to nurture engineering habits of mind and spatial thinking as children manipulate light sources, screens, and other materials to produce a specific effect.

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Registration Fees Include Lunch

  • ENTRY Level Member:  $60

  • STANDARD & PREMIUM Level Member: $55

  • NONMEMBER*: $90

  • STUDENT: $45











*Member benefits include conference fee discounts . Not a member? Join now and become a member of both  NAEYC (the largest early childhood professional organization in the world) and NAAEYC, your local affiliate in Tennessee. Benefits begins immediately so join now and enjoy discounted conference fees!

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