How early can we introduce STEM education?

Seeds of STEM’ aims to provide preschoolers with the foundation for STEM careers and lifelong learning

Key points:

  • Researchers are developing a STEM curriculum intended for preschool students
  • Though evidence suggests early STEM exposure has benefits, little STEM instruction occurs in preschool classrooms
  • A grant enables six clusters of STEM lessons to be introduced to preschool children through play and other instructional methods

Although research suggests that students as young as preschool age would benefit from STEM education, experts point to a gap between what the research says and how much STEM-focused curriculum actually exists in preschools.

In an effort to address the national need to guide more students to STEM careers, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers are developing curriculum which introduces STEM principles during the formative preschool years.

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