Most people look at the Science Center as a fun and educational place to go on a Saturday afternoon...
What they might not realize is that we’re also trusted partners to the school systems of the areas we serve. Our educational programs supplement traditional classroom learning with a valuable informal education and serve to build on the foundation of knowledge kids gain in school. Most importantly, they further the mission of increasing competency in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competency.
Our educational programs include:
- Field Trips
- Off-Site Programs
- School Break Camps
- Summer Camps & Academy
- Science Competitions
- Homeschool Programs
- Scout Programs
- And much more
These activities enhance classroom experience and provide students with a different way of looking at science, math and technology.
18 February 2010
Posted in Science Center Preschool
The importance of an early learning experience is that playing is school readiness.
Environments that encourage play are environments that are preparing children for a love of life long learning. This is like a house with a strong foundation. The foundation supports the house of higher learning. Without a foundation, we have no strong house.
Seven things we must do with children each day are:
- Create – in dramatic play, art, discovery, blocks
- Move – takes in new information and uses both the inside and outside environment
- Sing – words and stories with your senses
- Discuss – communication, social skills, the need to be with others
- Observe – incorporating all of the senses (smell, touch, taste, see and hear)
- Read – read, read, read with variety
- Play – is the cement that holds our foundation together
These statements are taken from a presentation from Lisa Murphy, the ooey gooey lady and her workshop The Importance of Play.