The Early Childhood STEM Institute

 

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*On-demand access is only available to registered attendees. Questions about access? Contact us at headstartr9@region9hsa.org for more information.

 

STEM AT HOME

2019 STEM video – Let’s Play!

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.

Our institute this year will feature the following –

  • Learning labs – 2-hour live hands-on intensive workshops
  • Education sessions – 45-minute sessions, combination of live and pre-recorded
  • Family series – 45-minute STEM sessions for parents at home with children birth-to-five, combination of live and pre-recorded
  • Spanish series – 45-minute sessions, combination of live and pre-recorded presented in Spanish
  • Sponsored sessions – 45-minute pre-recorded sessions

 

Keynote Speakers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Mr. Jose Hernandez M.S.

NASA engineer Jose Hernandez wanted to fly in space ever since he heard that the first Hispanic-American had been chosen to travel into space. “I was hoeing a row of sugar beets in a field near Stockton, Calif., and I heard on my transistor radio that Franklin Chang-Diaz had been selected for the Astronaut Corps,” says Hernandez, who was a senior in high school at the time. “I was already interested in science and engineering,” Hernandez remembers, “but that was the moment I said, ‘I want to fly in space.’ And that’s something I’ve been striving for each day since then.” And now that hard work has paid off. He was selected to begin training as a mission specialist as part of the 2004 astronaut candidate class.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, Ph.D.
 
Diana has over 30 years experience in academia from being a full-time science teacher, Adjunct Professor, and owner of a science education consulting company. Diana conducts STEM, NGSS, MakerEd professional staff development, and Family STEM workshops for school districts, private schools, libraries and educational organizations throughout the world. She is an advocate for hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based teaching and learning, and transforming teaching and learning environments for 21st-century learners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Doug Clements
 
Douglas H. Clements, Distinguished University Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, and Executive Director of the Marsico Institute for Early Learning at the University of Denver, has published over 166 refereed research studies, 27 books, 100 chapters, and 300 additional works, including the development of new mathematics curricula, teaching approaches, teacher training initiatives, and models of “scaling up” interventions. 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Sarama, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarama received her PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  She designed and programmed over 50 published computer programs, including her version of Logo and Logo-based software activities (Turtle Math™, which was awarded Technology & Learning Software of the Year award, 1995, in the category “Math”).  Dr. Sarama has taught secondary mathematics and computer science, gifted math at the middle school level, preschool and kindergarten mathematics enrichment classes, and mathematics methods and content courses for elementary to secondary teachers.  Her research interests include developing and evaluating research-based educational software and other technologies, using learning trajectories in standards, assessment, educational technology, curriculum and professional development, developing and evaluating research-based curricula, and asking successful curricula to scale using technologies Portfolio

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ahmed Muhammad
 
Rising senior at Oakland Tech and founder of Kits Cubed, an initiative hoping to engage and ignite every child’s scientific imagination. Their science kits are purposefully designed to require little to no internet or computer access, and are created to be both fun and affordable.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scott D. Sampson, PhD
 

Dr. Scott D. Sampson is the Executive Director and William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair of the California Academy of Sciences, where he leads the institution’s world-class museum as well as its programs of scientific research, sustainability, and education. A renowned paleontologist, passionate science communicator, and seasoned museum leader, Sampson joined the Academy in September 2019.To some, namely preschoolers and their parents, Sampson may be best known as “Dr. Scott the Paleontologist,” the on-air host for the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train. Outside of this enthusiastic audience, however, Sampson is better known for his many other contributions to scientific research and public engagement. Among his peers in the scientific community, Sampson is highly regarded for his expertise on Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, from theropods in Madagascar to horned dinosaurs in North America. And in the museum community, Sampson is celebrated as a skilled organizational leader, a passionate advocate for connecting people to nature, and a champion for the critical role that collections-based scientific institutions like the Academy play in global efforts to understand and sustain life on Earth.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andres Sebastian Bustamante, Ph.D.
 
Dr. Bustamante designs and implements play-based early childhood STEM interventions in places and spaces that children and families spend time (e.g., parks, school yards, grocery stores etc.). He maintains an intentional focus on translating rigorous science from the lab, into meaningful research in the classroom, and the community. Dr. Bustamante is also committed to sharing and interpreting early childhood research with a broader audience through blog posts for the Brookings InstitutionHuffington Post, BOLD Blog, and other media outlets.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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