Seeds of STEM
Posted by Michelle on October 17, 2019
How do young children solve problems using the engineering design process? Children’s House faculty and staff delved deeply into this question during last Friday’s professional day. Mia Dubosarsky of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) STEM Education Center engaged our staff in a day of creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Engaging hands-on with the Seeds of STEM curriculum, staff were challenged to solve problems, engineer solutions and discuss the implementation of the curriculum at ASM.
Seeds of STEM is a problem-based curriculum for early childhood classrooms. Funded through a grant from Institute of Education Sciences, the multi-year research project is now ready for the classroom. Mia was the co-principal investigator along with professionals in the field of science, psychology and education. Students begin by studying science concepts that align with the Mass Science and Technology/Engineering framework. Having developed a conceptual understanding of the science, they are then presented with a related problem that they need to solve using the engineering design process.
In 2014, Andover School of Montessori developed a strategic plan for the implementation of STEM. Since then, we have built a robust curriculum which includes engineering design challenges, computer coding and robotics for all program levels. Our faculty has participated in many professional development opportunities, and ASM has partnered with WPI, The Museum of Science, Biogen and Beyond Benign to add real-world experience for our students.
I am delighted to bring this innovative curriculum to our classrooms and wish to thank our donors who contribute generously to the ASM Annual Fund. These contributions help to support our professional development programs.