Early childhood teachers continue to seek activities that promote STEM-based learning. But most STEM books focus on science and math, excluding technology and engineering. Creative Investigations in Early Engineering and Technology helps teachers create a more well-rounded STEM learning program.
“This easy to use book is essential for the every early childhood classroom or childcare center. Each chapter clearly outlines developmentally appropriate engineering and technology lessons for young learners. Each of these highly engaging lessons can be delivered with just a bit of pre-planning yet support critical thinking, the acquisition of science content and emergent literacy skills in important ways. For the teacher who is hesitant to teach engineering and technology due to a gap in their own knowledge of engineering and technology this book provides a clear explanation of the 'core ideas', scientific principles, which are taught. The specific, real classroom examples included in each chapter bring the content to life. These well-planned lessons can be used as they are or as a springboard for other engineering and technology lessons.”
“Angela Eckhoff shares practical hands-on activities to help young children explore engineering and technology concepts. Her commitment to helping young children ask questions and investigate how things work and to include technologies such as flashlights is critical for early childhood educators who may not realize how many technology tools they already have access to. This practical guide with prompts and supports for educators and parents is a wonderful addition to any library and will be well utilized for educators looking for new ideas to bring STEM into their early childhood setting.”