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A Study of the Impact of an Early Childhood Intervention on STEM Learning

The context for this study was an intervention that provided professional development (PD) for preschool (pre-K) and kindergarten (K) teachers and science engagement activities for families. The research sought to determine the impact of the intervention and the extent to which parent engagement adds to student learning. These presentation slides were prepared for the 2020 Annual International NARST Conference.

Author/Presenter: 
Charlene Czerniak
Joan Kaderavek
Peter Paprzycki
Scott Molitor
Susanna Hapgood
Jeanna Heuring
Grant Wilson
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

The context for this study was an intervention that provided professional development (PD) for preschool (pre-K) and kindergarten (K) teachers and science engagement activities for families. The research sought to determine the impact of the intervention and the extent to which parent engagement adds to student learning. These presentation slides were prepared for the 2020 Annual International NARST Conference.

Tip: Leveraging Your Networks

If you are looking for online resources, many museums, universities, teacher networks, and educational organizations are curating lists. For example, the Exploratorium has created a Learning Toolbox featuring free materials addressing coronavirus science, as well as general science support for at-home learning.

Short Description: 

If you are looking for online resources, many museums, universities, teacher networks, and educational organizations are curating lists. For example, the Exploratorium has created a Learning Toolbox featuring free materials addressing coronavirus science, as well as general science support for at-home learning.

Discipline/Topic: 
Spotlight: 
online learning

Family Science Activities

Each short video provides ideas for family science activities for preschool-grade 3 students that reinforce NGSS 3D learning.

Author/Presenter: 
The NURTURES Team
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2015
Short Description: 

Each short video provides ideas for family science activities for preschool-grade 3 students that reinforce NGSS 3D learning.

Padlet

Online tool students can post responses to that allows for multiple means of expression, representation.

Short Description: 

Online tool students can post responses to that allows for multiple means of expression, representation.

Spotlight: 
online learning

Data Nuggets

Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, designed to bring contemporary research and authentic data into the classroom. Data Nuggets include a connection to the scientist behind the data and the true story of their research. Each activity gives students practice working with “messy data” and interpreting quantitative information.

Author/Presenter: 
The Data Nuggets Team
Year: 
2021
Short Description: 

Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, designed to bring contemporary research and authentic data into the classroom. Students are guided through the entire process of science, including identifying hypotheses and predictions, visualizing and interpreting data, making evidence based claims, and asking their own questions for future research.

PhET Interactive Simulations

Collection of 158 free interactive math and science simulations from University of Colorado Boulder. Engage students in math and science practices, and virtual labs, during remote learning. Find over 2,000 sim-based lessons under teacher resources. 

Author/Presenter: 
The PhET Sims Team
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

Collection of 158 free interactive math and science simulations from University of Colorado Boulder. Engage students in math and science practices, and virtual labs, during remote learning. Find over 2,000 sim-based lessons under teacher resources. 

Rethinking the Classroom Science Investigation

There is now a significant research literature devoted to reconceptualizing scientific activities, such as modeling, explanation, and argumentation, to realize a vision of science‐as‐practice in classrooms. As yet, however, not all scientific practices have received equal attention.

Author/Presenter: 
Eve Manz
Richard Lehrer
Leona Schauble
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

In this article, authors propose a framework that centers the investigation as a key locus for constructing alignments among phenomena, data, and explanatory models and makes visible the work that scientists engage in as they develop and stabilize alignments.

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