STEM Tot Academy: STEM for Preschoolers
Children are born STEMists—they love to learn and explore. And, they have an innate curiosity that prompts them to ask questions to better understand the world in which they live. At Einstein in a Box, we believe STEMists of all ages should learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). And we get so excited to see early childhood learners – the 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds— embrace STEM learning too. That’s certainly the case at the STEM Tot Academy.
STEM Tot Academy
Seidah Ashshaheed, recently founded STEM Tot Academy in Woodbridge, Virginia. STEM Tot Academy provides a strong early childhood curriculum infused with STEM, and designed to develop critical thinking skills and expose its students to a world of observing, thinking and creating.
Seidah Ashshaheed has 17 years of experience in education and is the author of ABC STEM and Me, an alphabet book that introduces STEM-based careers to early childhood learners. Ashshaheed subscribes to the philosophy of Dr. Jerry Valentine from the University of Missouri. His focus on student engagement is the premise behind STEM Tot Academy creating project-based STEM activities to make meaningful connections for early childhood learners.
In Sparking a Child’s Interest in Science and Technology by JD Chesloff, chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s Executive Committee, and chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care, the link between early childhood and STEM is indisputable. Research confirms the brain is particularly receptive to learning math and logic between the ages of 1 and 4. Early exposure to STEM – whether it be in school, at a museum, in a library, or just engaging in the natural trial and error of play – supports children’s overall academic growth. It develops early critical thinking and reasoning skills, and enhances later interest in STEM study and careers. Learners of STEM concepts early in life have an aptitude for STEM in later years.
Integrating Einstein in a Box
Einstein in a Box is proud to be included in the Academy’s curriculum, based on a monthly theme for all ages. Ashshaheed adapts the Einstein in a Box and integrates the lesson into each age group. Einstein in a Box activates thinking, questioning, inquiring and original creation as children are guided through scientific inquiry and the engineering design process. Even the two year olds are exposed to the teachings offered in the box, modified for their level of comprehension.
STEM Tot Before and After-care
In addition to pre-school (6 weeks to 5 years old), STEM Tot Academy offers a before and an after-care program for school children 5-12 years old. The after-care program incorporates a STEM-based activity each day. And, children in northern Virginia will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a fun learning environment at the STEM-based weekly-themed summer camp for kids, ages 5-12.
STEM concepts and skills can be incorporated into your children’s daily lives, whether you are a preschool teacher, a home school instructor, or a stay-at-home mom who is interested in educational stimulation for your preschoolers. Order your Einstein in a Box now—it’s never too early to teach STEM!