Every summer, we have the wonderful opportunity of presenting, training and discovering some amazing STEM learning happening all over the country! Before the official day of summer begins, we want to post some of our favorite things for you to check out! Have fun and stay inspired!
We're Building a Pipeline!
At the Brooklyn New School, PS 146, a public school, Ecorama is the mixed age group planning, problem-solving and working together event that occurs throughout out the year. The day we visited we got to see them design, build and pump water through a system of pipes. http://bnsecorama.blogspot.com/ We love this school for many reasons including eating from their gardens and checking out the 4th grade Gowanus Betterment Projects including eco-sausages and floating islands!
Bakers and Astronauts?
"One of the biggest hurdles for people beginning to use open-ended materials in the classroom is choosing and curating the materials. What can a material do? How can it be used? What are the possibilities for play and work? Those are questions that we should ponder as educators, and curators of materials and environment. Those are questions that we can see children answer through their hands-on play with open-ended materials. We don't need to orchestrate how play will unfold, but supporting children's play doesn't end with choosing materials. Open-ended materials offer the opportunity for juicy, creative, and independent work for children of all ages. Choosing and curating materials is not just creating a setup that draws users in : it keeps the user engaged. Choosing a material that has multiple uses means that one thing is endlessly engaging: it can be used one way by one child, and another way by the next. It can be combined with other materials, or perhaps used on its own." says Allie Pasquier, creative mind behind Bakers & Astronauts! www.bakersandastronauts.com