Fairfax, VA – Fairfax Futures announced the release of three short videos highlighting developmentally appropriate ways to introduce STEM experiences in early childhood settings. STEM refers to education in science, technology, engineering and math. The videos were made possible by a grant from The Boeing Company.
Each of the three videos incorporates children’s literature and related hands-on activities to allow children to develop their language, fine and gross motor skills, as well as critical thinking, prediction and problem solving skills. All three were filmed in Fairfax County at local child development centers with educators who completed an 18-hour certificate course designed to strengthen their STEM teaching skills.
The three videos, which are available on Fairfax Futures’ YouTube channel, are:
• STEM in Early Learning: Engineering with the Three Little Pigs: https://youtu.be/XVjaBB0ux5g
• Supporting STEM Learning: Using Open-Ended Questions to Encourage Critical Thinking: https://youtu.be/CeV0tMJMP2s
• Math in Early Learning: Exploring Balance with The Cat in the Hat: https://youtu.be/Bc3NimJWUww
Vera Steiner Blore, Fairfax Futures’ Executive Director, said, “We appreciate Boeing’s leadership in supporting the creation of teaching tools that actively engage our youngest children in high quality, early STEM learning.”
“At Boeing, we build what we dream, and we want students to be prepared and inspired to do the same,” said Tom Bartlett, senior manager for Boeing Global Engagement. “By investing in high quality early education, we support school readiness and provide opportunities for children to have hands-on STEM learning experiences that lay the foundation for learning the 21st century skills needed in tomorrow’s workforce.”
Produced by the Teaching Channel, the videos were created in collaboration with Fairfax County Office for Children.
Fairfax Futures is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and builds support for quality early childhood education and school readiness in Fairfax County. For more information, visit www.fairfax-futures.org.
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. For more information, visit www.boeing.com.