I teach 10 diverse and eager 4-year olds in one of the resource-challenged public schools in Maryland. My co-teacher and I are special educators in an autism integration classroom. For most of our students, this is their first experience of school. One of the huge hurdles that my co-teacher and I experienced in the past was integrating S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) to our daily instructional routine due to limited materials that are developmentally appropriate, fun, challenging and at the same time, relevant for all our students.
As a special education teacher for 16 years, I have witnessed the lasting impact S.T.E.A.M and hands-on experiences have on my students’ academic progress and success.
Likewise, I have witnessed how vocabularies are built using activities and projects that are STEAM embedded.
This is crucial for all early learners as they prepare for the rigorous demands of elementary school. Likewise, this will help increase their self-confidence as they explore, build, interact and express their ideas with their peers. One of the best rewards a special educator can have is to witness our students’ milestones. Every progress is worth celebrating!
These S.T.E.M Jr. Wonder Lab will allow my students to engage in hands-on learning science experiences by exploring different aspects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Little Tykes Wonder Lab is designed with preschoolers in mind and provides opportunities for them to explore and learn.
These science materials will allow my students to bring the magic of science to life through hands-on teacher guided play.
Through exploration, a child can develop problem-solving skills and discover a love of science and technology through real world
The Tornado Tower will allow me to plan lessons where the students are able to explore what happens when different materials are mixed together. It will give them a first-hand experience of cause and effect relationships through a safe and teacher guided experience.
The Builder Bot allows students to practice code writing and building in a fun and engaging way.
The Learning Resources Lab gear keeps the students clothing safe while they work and gives them a sense of pride that comes along with being a real scientist.
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