In this article, we explain why engineering practices are an important part of early STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning and share examples of exploring engineering practices.
Thinking and acting like scientists not only supports deep understanding of important real-world phenomena, it also helps children develop a self-concept as a capable learner. Here are some ways to inspire children to think and act like scientists.
The four authors describe and reflect on a cross-cultural and international exchange of data about inquiry-based teaching and learning between preschool-age children’s science engagement in the West Bank and in San Francisco.
Isauro M. Escamilla, Buad Khales, Daniel R. Meier, Martha Melgoza