Making and Tinkering With STEM: Solving Design Challenges With Young Children
About the Book
Can you build a sturdy house that is safe from the big, bad wolf?
Imagine your dream car. What special features does it have? What can you use to create it?
Teaching and learning STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is more accessible than ever before! Children will be inspired, delighted, and challenged as they use everyday materials and STEM concepts to design and build solutions to problems faced by characters in their favorite books. This practical, hands-on resource includes
- 25 engineering design challenges appropriate for children ages 3–8
- Suggestions for creating a makerspace environment where children can tinker with materials, use tools to make creations, and improve on their ideas
- A list of 100 picture books that encourage STEM-rich exploration and learning
- Questions and ideas for expanding children’s understanding of STEM concepts
- A planning template so you can create your own design challenges
Use engaging children’s books together with the guidance and ideas in this book to extend children’s problem-solving skills and creative thinking.
Cate Heroman is an author, early childhood consultant, and volunteer education chair at Knock Knock Children’s Museum, a museum designed for children birth to age 8.
For teachers aspiring to integrate the richness of tinkering, making, and engineering into their classrooms, this book is a must read. With practical step-by-step guidance that encourages you to use literature as a jumping-off point, you will be inspired to redesign your classroom with enthusiasm and confidence as you envision the possibilities for deep learning.
—Peggy Otey, Head of School, Browne Academy
The idea of taking objects apart to view their inner workings is the basis of discovery! Students, with their already curious natures, will delve into an atmosphere that challenges them and promotes problem solving.
—Kerry Bonaiuto, First Grade Teacher, Flanders Elementary School
Illuminating and descriptive, Making and Tinkering With STEM has given me a framework for thinking about our own practice in The DISCOVERoom™, one that will allow us to deliberately grow into more creative experiences with our students.
—Marni Anbar, Co-coordinator, The DISCOVERoom™ Science and Engineering Playroom in the Kyrene School District