STEM: It's Elementary!

STEM: It’s Elementary!

Early STEM education Picture a first-grade classroom, maybe even your own. Kids gather around the sand table, exploring the sand, letting the grains run between their fingers. The teacher passes out some props—marbles, rulers, boxes and cups—and lets students explore freely for a few minutes. The kids excitedly dig in, filling cups with sand and pouring it out, burying marbles, and turning the rulers into shovels and rakes. Then she says: “I have a challenge for you today. How fast can you make the marbles roll?” Kids start rolling marbles across the sand, only to find the marbles quickly get

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Preschoolers make play time scientific in new STEM LAB

Preschoolers make play time scientific in new STEM LAB

The Amazing Explorers Academy in Oviedo cut the ribbon on a brand new STEM LAB built and designed by the Orlando Science Center. Preschoolers make play time scientific in new STEM LAB. Playing in the sandbox doesn’t cut it anymore in preschool. “We’re preparing our students for good careers,” said Marnie Forestieri, Chief Learning Officer at the Amazing Explorers Academy. The ribbon was cut last May at a brand new STEM LAB inside the Amazing Explorers Academy in Oviedo, built by the Orlando Science Center. “These exhibits are giving them hands on training in complex subjects” said Vice President of

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10 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

School is just about out for summer. We know you and your students are ready for the break. However, these long summer breaks can take their toll with students losing skills you worked so hard to teach! We put together this list of free summer reading programs to help keep kids reading and learning all summer long. There is also a free printable list of these programs that you can email to parents or send home in backpacks. Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination Book Adventure – This is a free program offered by Sylvan Learning. Chuck E. Cheese’s – Earn

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Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson

Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson

STEM is more than just a grouping of subject areas. It is a movement to develop the deep mathematical and scientific underpinnings students need to be competitive in the 21st-century workforce. But this movement goes far beyond preparing students for specific jobs. STEM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills that students can use in all areas of their lives. STEM isn’t a standalone class—it’s a way to intentionally incorporate different subjects across an existing curriculum. Here’s a quick rundown of the STEM acronym: Science: The study of the natural world. Technology: One surprise—the STEM definition

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Innovative educators preparing the Next Generation

Innovative educators preparing the Next Generation

For the digital generation, kids who don’t remember life without the internet, answers are immediate, no more than a click away – and a wifi connection. Now, Amazing Explorers Academy Oviedo is taking that one step further, embracing the digital generation and their zest for learning by bringing the answers up close and personal, with an innovative new approach to learning. This initial focus on technology and innovation at Amazing Explorers, which launched in Oviedo in March 2015, was inspired by community relationships. Chief Learning Officer, Marnie Forestieri consulted with Orlando Science Center educators on ideas for a content-rich exhibits

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Building A Loving Relationship With Your Children

Building A Loving Relationship With Your Children

A loving relationship with you is the most important part of your child’s environment. Tuning in and responding to your child with warmth and gentleness lays the foundations for your child’s development and helps to shape the adult your child will become. Why loving, nurturing relationships are important Children’s relationships shape the way they see the world and affect all areas of their development. Your child’s most important early relationships are with you, other family members and carers. It’s through relationships that children learn more about their world – how to think, understand, communicate, behave, show emotions, develop social skills

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Early Childhood Science Education

Early Childhood Science Education

At an early age, all children have the capacity and propensity to observe, explore, and discover the world around them (NRC 2012). These are basic abilities for science learning that can and should be encouraged and supported among children in the earliest years of their lives. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) affirms that learning science and engineering practices in the early years can foster children’s curiosity and enjoyment in exploring the world around them and lay the foundation for a progression of science learning in K–12 settings and throughout their entire lives. This statement focuses primarily on children from

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Pre-K Student Starts Recycling Project at Amazing Explorers

A great community effort may be inspired by a Amazing Explorers. Pre-K Student student Easton Potts took his concern about saving the trees in Oviedo to his teachers and campus director implementing a recycling program in school. The concept is simple, but the results could be huge. “I want this project to be large”,  Easton said. “It makes me really sad to see trees cut in my community.” Since presenting the idea to his teachers and campus director, recycling bins are available in Amazing Explorers Academy classrooms for students, teachers, and families to drop off recycling materials from home and their own classrooms. Easton went

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Oviedo preschool goes high tech

[themeone_section type=”boxed” bgcolor=”” txtcolor=”” decotop=”” decobot=””] Fox 35 Orlando went inside a Central Florida preschool that is teaching kids to strive as our next generation. The kids are learning the basics: math, science and teamwork – – but in a new way. The school, Little Explorers Academy, uses what appear as simple kid toys but really pack a lot of sophisticated technology. “It’s the twenty first century. That’s our society and they need to learn it right way,” says teacher Sue Chow. Kids work together to program robots, make movies and learn computers. The processes may be overly simplified but the

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Amazing Explorers – Eyewitness News

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