2019 STEM



2019 The Early Childhood STEM Institute

March 25 – 27, 2019

Hilton Pasadena, Pasadena CA

Extraordinary Line Up of Education Sessions


All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child.—Marie Curie

What fun is this—learning how to teach young children about science, technology, engineering and math! George Washington Carver said, “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.” And so teaching the very young STEM concepts is a strategy that will reap huge rewards for the future while serving as a fun, engaging activity in the present.

The Early Childhood STEM Institute brings joy of learning in a tangible and hands-on way for the entire Head Start community—teachers, home visitors, family advocates, child care partners, education coordinators, managers and directors and parents.

Features of the two-day institute include:

  • Understanding that young children have the intellectual capacity to develop scientific skills and knowledge.
  • Engaging children in hands-on learning that is based on asking questions about their natural environment and then finding the answers.
  • Engaging members of the Head Start community in STEM education through study, dialogue and conversations with STEM experts about the latest developments in early childhood STEM education research and practice.
  • Promoting school readiness for Head Start children that will support a smooth transition to elementary school and provide a foundation for further STEM learning.


Opening Keynote, March 26th – Judy Harris Helm

Judy Harris Helm, EdD, helps teachers of preschool through 3rd grade to integrate research into their curricula through her consulting company, Best Practices Inc. She is a national and international speaker and trainer on project work, engaged learning, documentation, and school design. Dr. Helm served as the educational planner for three early childhood centers and two birth–8th grade community schools. Included in the seven books she has authored or co-authored are Young Investigators: The Project Approach in the Early YearsThe Power of ProjectsTeaching Your Child to Love Learning: A Guide to Projects at HomeWindows on Learning: Documenting Young Children’s Work; and Teaching Parents to Do Projects at Home.

Closing Keynote, March 27th – Nirvan Mullick

Nirvan Mullick is a LA based filmmaker, speaker, and changemaker.

Nirvan’s short film Caine’s Arcade became a viral phenomenon in 2012, receiving millions of views and changing the life of one creative 9 year-old boy. Following Caine’s Arcade, Nirvan founded Imagination.org to foster creativity for children worldwide, and created a Global Cardboard Challenge that has since engaged over 1 MILLION KIDS in 80 countries. Imagination.org now supports over 150 Chapters in 20 countries, providing kids with time for creative play weekly. Lego and Ashoka named Imagination.org a Champion of their Re-Imagine Learning Challenge.



The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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