Risky play is a natural part of children’s play, where children have many opportunities to be curious and explore their environments in many different ways. Learn More…
STEM education was created so that students would be prepared for the 21st century workforce and even for jobs that still don’t exist… Learn More
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Our Fall Newsletter is out with information on our upcoming Nutrient Management for Veggie Growers workshop (November 29th), our River Friendly Farmer award winners, and updates on conservation work in our county.
Also SAVE the DATE for our 49th Annual Meeting coming February 19th! We are very excited to be celebrating the beginning of our 50th year of actively working to conserve our county’s natural resources. We hope all our friends – old and new – will be able to attend.
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What happens when educators and leaders give youth the opportunity to use their voices and make choices? Perrin Chick, STEM Education Specialist and ACRES Project Manager for Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, … read more!
Knowledge of STEM subjects isn’t just essential for physicists or computer engineers. Fashion designers, zookeepers, and deep-sea divers also use it every day…. learn more!
By Alexandra Ossola
Join us at the farm to learn more about The STEM Connection and celebrate our Earth! Go for a hike, try some hands-on STEM activities, and learn more about the programs we offer for educators, parents, and youth to empower and engage participants in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Where? Moore Road Farm
8407 Moore Road, Indianapolis, IN 46278
Who? Families, educators, administrators, program directors, and anyone else interested in checking out the farm and learning more about The STEM Connection.
Why? STEM is fun and everyone can do STEM! The STEM Connection offers a variety of events and programs for youth, educators, and youth workers. Come see what we’re all about!
Children are curious. They seek answers, notice patterns and see the world as new and amazing. As educators, we walk alongside children on their journey to make sense of the world around them. Where do we start? How do we decide what to teach? The children themselves guide us. Watch a young child experiencing the natural world and take time to notice what interests them. The sound of rain on the window, the mud puddle, the rabbit in the grass, the flowers in the field, the clouds in the sky, and pebbles on the path all hold wonder.
These experiences are a place to begin. In addition, the Environmental Literacy Guidelines (ELG), Indiana Science Content Standards and the Indiana After School STEM Speciality Standards reinforce and aid in framing learning opportunities so they are both appropriate, meaningful and appealing. Children are capable of so much! Beginning with concrete concepts in the youngers grades helps them gain content knowledge and sets them up for successful abstract thinking as they take on new experiences and real life problems.
The Content Standards, After School Standards and ELG focus on information, processes, systems, skill development, curiosity and questioning so youth learn, experience and discover while connecting with the natural world. In addition, these resources help educators speak a common language as they learn alongside other educators and the children they serve. Join a child on their learning journey, begin with experiences that engage and seek out these resources and share with other educators what is working for you. Let’s learn together and stay curious!
Vera Vander Kooy, Executive Director – The STEM Connection https://thestemconnection.org/