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
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