Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Education 398. Experimental Courses

Summer 2014

From STEM to STEAM

This experimental 300 level course will focus on children’s exploration and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts through Art. The internationally early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy, will serve as the model for the design of this course with their focus on the Hundred Languages of Children. 78% of 3 and 4 year olds are in some form of group care. This care is often conducted by caregivers/ teachers who have no background in STEM education. Thus, there is the strong need for those interested in early care and education to develop confidence in their knowledge of developmentally appropriate STEM content and pedagogy.

Students in the course will design STEM inquiry based projects throughout the course that integrate the Arts. The arts may include sculpture, music, theater, painting, etc. In addition, in the tradition of the Reggio Emilia programs, students will engage in documentation of their projects using photography and video. Students’ will exhibit their work at the June 5 STEM Summit hosted by Wheaton for students in the Norton, Foxboro and Mansfield Schools. Additionally, students in the course may host a STEM Exploration Day at the Amen Nursery School for local children using their inquiry-based projects. During the course, students will participate in field trips to the Green Houses, Observatory, Art Studios, Graphics Lab, etc.

This course will be open to sophomore, juniors and seniors, with particular attention to Education Minors and can be substituted for ED 375 Issues in Early Care and Education (a required course for Early Childhood Education Minors).