ECE 330: Math, Science and Technology for Young Children

Course Description

This course focuses on early mathematical and science content and concepts that are relevant to young children during the first five years of life. The course is designed to teach students effective strategies to recognize and promote mathematical development and science inquiry in all young children. Students will explore what mathematics and science looks like for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and learn specific ways to facilitate young children’s mathematical development. Students will practice what they are learning through a variety of assignments, including direct interactions with young children. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify opportunities for mathematics and science learning throughout the curriculum, observe and assess young children’s developing mathematical and science knowledge, plan experiences that focus on specific math and science concepts, and use a variety of strategies and materials to promote children’s interests and abilities in mathematics and sciences. The course also infuses the relevance of and best practices related to technology into its content.        (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Define the fundamental aspects of a developmentally appropriate early childhood STEM curriculum.
  2. Identify national and local standards for science, technology, engineering, and math instruction and programming in early education settings.
  3. Recognize and explain the importance of creativity as foundational to inquiry-based integrated play based curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  4. Plan inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math experiences for children throughout an integrated, play-based curriculum.
  5. Develop intentional teaching strategies that teach for understanding by providing real world contexts in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  6. Identify appropriate individual child assessment methods in science, technology, engineering, and math learning.
  7. Apply nowledge of the role teacher in the planning of STEM curriculum and environments.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (up to 25 Points, Weeks 1-8)

50%

Assignments (up to 25 Points, Weeks 1-8)

50%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Moomaw, Sally (2013). Teaching STEM in the Early Years. Redleaf Press. ISBN-13: 9781605541211

Additional Resources

  • Cyber-Connections and other required reading will be provided in the course.

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1

What is STEM?
  • Readings:
    • Teaching STEM in the Early Years Chapter 1
    • STEM Starts Early – Executive Summary P 4-13
    • Week 1 Cyber-Connections
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Engage with Cyber-Connections
  • Complete Week 1 Assignment

2

2,3

Creativity: The Foundation of STEM
  • Readings:
    • Article: Developing young children’s creativity: What can we learn from the research?
    • The Roots of STEM Success – Introduction P 1-6
    • STEM Starts Early – P 14-18
    • Week 2 Cyber-Connections
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Engage with Cyber-Connections
  • Complete Week 2 Assignment

3

3,4,5

STEM Thinking Begins in Infancy
  • Readings:
    • The Roots of STEM Success – P 7 – 11
    • Best Practices: Engaging Children in STEM
    • Week 3 Cyber-Connections
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Engage with Cyber-Connections
  • Complete Week 3 Assignment

4

3,4,5

Play and STEM
  • Readings:
    • The Roots of STEM Success – Introduction P 12-16
    • Week 4 Cyber-Connections
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Engage with Cyber-Connections
  • Complete Week 4 Assignment

5

3,4,5

STEM and Integrated Curriculum
  • Readings:
    • The Roots of STEM Success – P 17-20
    • Week 5 Cyber-Connections
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Engage with Cyber-Connections
  • Complete Week 5 Assignment

6

3,4,5

Curiosity, Discovery and the Development of the Nimble Thinker
  • Readings:
    • The Roots of STEM Success – P 21-26
    • Week 6 Cyber-Connections
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Engage with Cyber-Connections
  • Complete Week 6 Assignment

7

6

Mindset Matters
  • Readings:
    • The Roots of STEM Success – P 27-31
    • Week 7 Cyber-Connections
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Engage with Cyber-Connections
  • Complete Week 7 Assignment
8
7
Executive Functioning, Critical and Abstract Thinking and the Role of Adults in STEM
  • Readings:
    • The Roots of STEM Success – P 32-37
    • STEM Starts Early – P 19-29
    • Week 8 Cyber-Connections
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Engage with Cyber-Connections
  • Complete Week 8 Assignment

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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