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Collaborative for Children
Institute for Early Learning Online

Courses: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)



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Using STEM to Build Brains

Why should children start STEM learning in the preschool years? What does preschool STEM look like? Explore features of a developmentally appropriate preschool STEM program. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences give young children opportunities to develop divergent thinking, problem solving, cause and effect, and sequencing and, they don’t have to be expensive! Experiences have a great potential to affect brain development, and the early years are a crucial window of opportunity, See how positive early experiences with STEM impact children’s chances for achievement in future learning. This course content aligns with the CDA Subject Area of Children's Physical and Intellectual Development. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Let’s Get Physical, Science, That is!

Preschoolers can and should do science! Young children use their five senses to make sense of the world. This course defines observation as more than simply “noticing.” Observation goes beyond more than simply “noticing.” It involves perception but also the recognition of how important or unimportant an observation is. Learn how to help children make and use their “Science Eyes: Seeing Science Everywhere.” Find exciting ideas to enrich children’s use of the sensory table, going beyond digging, scooping, and pouring. Check out ideas to build an “Observation Station” with cost-effective, simple, sensory-rich explorations your preschoolers will love. This course content aligns with the CDA Subject Area of Children's Physical and Intellectual Development. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Is it Dead or Alive?

What is Life Science? Can preschool children grasp an understanding of living and non-living things? Learn how to support children’s observation skills, particularly as they relate to the life sciences. The course content revolves around inquiry-based learning to engage preschoolers in developmentally appropriate critical thinking about the relationships between living things and their environments, including plants, animals, and humans. Lessons and activities for inquiry about the characteristics of living and nonliving things. This course content aligns with the CDA Subject Area of Children's Physical and Intellectual Development. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Spaceship Earth and Beyond

Why is it important for young children to begin to understand ideas related to earth and space skills” The course revolves around inquiry-based learning to engage preschoolers in developmentally appropriate critical thinking about earth materials and objects in the sky, what happens during changes in the earth and sky and how children can demonstrate care for their environment. Learn to guide children’s scientific thinking about light, shadows, sun and rainbows. This course content aligns with the CDA Subject Area of Children's Physical and Intellectual Development. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Plan It, Build It, Try It: Engineers at Work

Children identify a problem then use stuff to make stuff that does stuff to solve the problem. Learn some of the research and trends related to engineering design with preschool-age children. Find ideas and activities you can use to encourage and support your children in becoming junior engineers. Planning, building, and testing out different designs and ideas, are the engineering skills of the future. This course content aligns with the CDA Subject Area of Children's Physical and Intellectual Development. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Beyond Screens: Technology Tools to Solve Problems

Technology is everywhere! How do we prepare children for a future that hasn’t been invented yet? Explore some of the research and trends related to technology with preschool-age children and find out how you can use technology to make your teaching more engaging and real-world. There is so much more than computers and laptops. You’ll also learn how technology can help children learn other subjects like science, engineering, and mathematics. This course content aligns with the CDA Subject Area of Children's Physical and Intellectual Development. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Making Math Meaningful: Math in Our World

Math in Our World is the first in a series of online modules created by Collaborative for Children to help caregivers become confident in teaching math to preschool-age children. In this two-hour module, you will learn about the importance of early childhood math and some key ideas related to curriculum and practice. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Making Math Meaningful: Number and Operations for Preschoolers

Number and Operations for Preschoolers is the second in a series of online modules created by Collaborative for Children to help caregivers become confident in teaching math to preschool-age children. In this two-hour module, you will learn about the main components of number and operations, examine the complexity of counting, experience a variety of counting tasks for preschoolers, and learn developmentally appropriate approaches for teaching addition and subtraction. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Making Math Meaningful: Geometry, Measurement, Classification & Patterning for Preschools

Geometry, Measurement, Classification, and Patterning is the third in a series of online modules created by Collaborative for Children to help caregivers become confident in teaching math to preschool-age children. In this two-hour module, you will learn about Texas PreK math guidelines, examine elements of geometry, spatial relations, and shape, learn processes and developmental stages of measurement, explore how preschoolers develop an understanding of classifying, graphing, and patterning, and build a collection of classroom tasks that address these important topics. Funding for this online training was generously provided through a grant by The Boeing Company.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

Magical Math Experiences for Early Childhood Classrooms

During this 2-hour math module, teachers will explore the concept of mathematics in an early childhood setting and learn how mathematical concepts develop from the simple to the complex. Students that take this course will examine and identify the five math content areas and learn strategies for integrating the concepts throughout the day in a way that will engage preschool children. This course will additionally help preschool teachers understand the importance of connecting mathematical concepts to literacy while creating a math-rich environment in the classroom. Funding for this online training was provided by the Workforce Solutions- Gulf Coast Workforce Board as part of their Early Care and Education Quality Improvement initiative. 

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00

I Wonder - Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

The teacher that participates in this 2-hour module will develop a plan for maintaining an interactive science center for the classroom that offers exciting science experiences that are brought to life for preschool children. After completing this course the teacher will be able to describe how science concepts are developed and will understand the four different areas in science: Life Science, Health Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space and Environmental Science. Funding for this online training was provided by the Workforce Solutions- Gulf Coast Workforce Board as part of their Early Care and Education Quality Improvement initiative.  

credit hours: 2 hr course price: Pay First certificate fee: 12.00