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Harriet Egertson's picture
Harriet Egertson
Early Childhood Specialist

The sciences are getting a lot of attention in early education. In particular, the most recent issue of Young Children, the journal of the Nat'l Assoc for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) can be found at Please go beyond the journal to see all the books on these topics that the organization has available.
I would also send you to the Nature Action Collaborative for Children at They have lots of resources and hold a biennial meeting at the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City NE.
Speaking of NE, they have done a lot of good work. (Disclosure: I was the ECE Admin at the Department of Education for many years and am the co-author with Susan Andersen of IA of the Call to Action which may be found along with a set of guidelines for nature education for preschool children)

Mathematics is also receiving a lot of attention in ECE. Again, you can find many resources through NAEYC. The May Young Children had a math theme: Also, if you Google the name Douglas Clements, you will have links to major work being done in this areas.
Before I forget--don't miss Green Hour --a terrific site for age appropriate activities and information mostly targeted to parents.

I hope this helps. I'd be happy to respond to any other questions you or others in the group might have about working with children in the birth through eight age range. Mostly, I could direct you to easily accessible online resources.
Harriet Egertson

Carla JHunt's picture

I am looking for some interesting sites that have some hands on math activities for grades K - 8 with a focus on visual strategies with the ESOL students in mind. Any ideas?

Donelle O'Brien's picture
Donelle O'Brien

I was not familar with this series from the Boston Museum of Science. Thanks for sharing! Any recommendations for Chemistry?

sselznick's picture
K-5 Science Specialist

Wow you are the first person who I know/spoke about FOSS kits in a negative light. We adopted FOSS and STC kits for Boston Public Schools and all the science teachers love them. Yes they don't cover everything but we can add to it just fine. As long as you cover the state standards that is the main thing.
Why don't you like FOSS is it the program itself, the kit(s) you have?

Mary Moran's picture
Mary Moran
6th grade teacher; STEM Magnet school in Maple Grove, Minnesota

Foss Kits provide the basis of our STEM curriculum, but I have to say I didn't like the kits very much until we became a magnet and participated in a great deal of extra training and instruction in inquiry teaching. That changed my opinion of the kits - and revolutionized my teaching.

Eric Brunsell's picture
Eric Brunsell
Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

Hi all-
Has anyone read "Engineering in K-12 Education" by the National Academies? It is on my list to read in December...

(Can be read for free online)

Engineering education in K-12 classrooms is a small but growing phenomenon that may have implications for engineering and also for the other "STEM" subjects--science, technology, and mathematics. Specifically, engineering education may improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness of engineering and the work of engineers, boost youth interest in pursuing engineering as a career, and increase the technological literacy of all students. The teaching of STEM subjects in U.S. schools must be improved in order to retain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and to develop a workforce with the knowledge and skills to address technical and technological issues.

Engineering in K-12 Education reviews the scope and impact of engineering education today and makes several recommendations to address curriculum, policy, and funding issues. The book also analyzes a number of K-12 engineering curricula in depth and discusses what is known from the cognitive sciences about how children learn engineering-related concepts and skills.

Engineering in K-12 Education will serve as a reference for science, technology, engineering, and math educators, policy makers, employers, and others concerned about the development of the country's technical workforce. The book will also prove useful to educational researchers, cognitive scientists, advocates for greater public understanding of engineering, and those working to boost technological and scientific literacy.

Arianna Alexsandra Grindrod's picture
Arianna Alexsandra Grindrod
Environmental Educator

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) K-12 Education Department offers professional development opportunities, curriculum, and resources for teachers and non-formal educators on energy efficiency, energy conservation, and on forms and applications of renewable energy. Visit us at Check out our upcoming workshops on our calendar page - we offer workshops throughout our 10-state northeast district. For you middle-school teachers Wwatch the 2009 Junior Solar Sprint Northeast Championship on our JSS page. For K-12 check out our Clean Energy for a Clean Environment (CECE) patch program. Become a part of what you want to see in the world! Visit NESEA today!

Don Morgan's picture
Don Morgan
Georgia High School Engineering & Technology teacher

As a High School Engineering & Technology instructor, I am somewhat disappointed in the way most educators look at STEM. Everyone talks about the Science & Math, both of which are crucial, but the Engineering & Technology sector gets left out in the cold. When you talk to most educators, esp. administrators, they look at Technology as whiteboards, computers, etc. Technology is simply anything Man has created to make his life better & easier.Even a cheap pair of reading glasses is a form of Technology.Engineering is the creative spark that allows humans to change their surroundings to better suit them.Let's not forget that without the T&E, there would be no STEM.

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