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Plan for Inquiry: Integrating STEAM Play into Your Curriculum
Hilltop Children's Center
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
"STEAM Sprouts Explorers" A 3-part Workshop Series

Workshop #2 Titled: Plan for Inquiry: Integrating STEAM Play into Your Curriculum

A 3 part series
Workshop #1 Wednesday, Aug 5th, 2020
Workshop #2 Wednesday, Aug 12th, 2020
Workshop #3 Wednesday, Aug 19th, 2020

5:15pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time
8:15pm - 9:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Facilitated by Jamie Bonnett(she/her) and Jenn Boesenberg (she/her)

Location: Online! You'll receive a registration link the Tuesday before each workshop.

Target Audience:
Child Care Center
Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)
Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver
Family Resource Coordinators
P-3 Educators
Scientists / Researchers
School-Aged Programs
Interested Professionals

This registration page is only for workshop #2. Interested in all three workshops? Please visit the following links:

Workshop #1 - https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4614216
Workshop #3 - https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4614461


The benefits of play and STEAM extends beyond preschool. A play-based, STEAM learning environment allows children to make the connection between the concepts learned at home, in nature, and in class and how those concepts apply to the real-world in which they live.  

This 3-part series focuses on how you can implement, integrate, and foster children's STEAM identity through collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity from Preschool to Grade 3 (P-3).

These session builds upon each other. We advise you to attend all three if possible.

Workshop #1
Wednesday, Aug 5th, 2020
Brain Building in Progress: STEAM Education & Play

In this session, well lay the foundation of STEAM, Inquiry-based, and play-based learning. Well argue for why play is important for learning and development in the early years, how learning happens through play (problem-solving, analytical, negotiating different points of view), ways you can engage children in play (open-ended play, guided play with adults scaffolding in learning, games with set rules, and direct instructions), address misconceptions about play and learning, and suggest ways we can train educators on the value of play.  

Workshop #2
Wednesday, Aug 12th, 2020
Plan for Inquiry: Integrating STEAM Play into Your Curriculum

Looking through 4 lens  individual appropriateness, age appropriateness, cultural appropriateness, and the meaningfulness to the child, this session will focus on ways we can plan, implement, and deliver stimulating curriculum and materials that respond to the various cultural contexts of our children in our community. Building off of the foundations of STEAM and Play-Based Learning foundational workshop the week prior, well provide ideas for integrating playful learning into preschool and school aged programs across various contexts.

Workshop #3
Wednesday, Aug 19th, 2020
Engaged Play: STEAM Skills in Everyday Life

In this session, well walk through ways parents, guardians, and community members can stimulate child development through their nurturing care, conversation and storytelling, and by teaching life skills and providing time and materials for enriched play. This workshop will help bring attention to what children can learn through playful activities, strengthen families understanding of the value of play, and simple ways families and communities can contribute resources and materials to facilitate play experiences.

Participants will see examples from KidsQuest Children's Museum (Bellevue, WA), a museum anchored in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) that fosters 21st century skills of communication, critical thinking, authentic problem solving, creativity, and innovation.

Why I Should Attend:

Even though STEAM learning is associated with science and mathematics, integrating other disciplines - such as language arts and social sciences - enables students to see that real-world problems are interdisciplinary.

Science encourages investigation and answering questions, often involving experimentation.

Technology refers to using simple tools like crayons and rulers, as well as more complex ones like microscopes and computers.

Engineering refers to recognizing problems and testing solutions.

Arts encourage creativity and allow children to illustrate concepts they are learning.

Mathematics deals with numbers, but also patterns, shapes, organizational skills and much more.STEM learning is the exploration of these problems using hands-on experimentation and iterative inquiry-based techniques.

Play ties all of this together in the classroom through hands-on activities that nurtures STEAM skills and concepts early on and build on them through ongoing opportunities for play and discussion.

About the Presenter

Jamie Bonnett (she/her) is the Director of Education at KidsQuest Children's Museum in Bellevue, WA.

Jenn Boesenberg (she/her) is a STEAM Educator and Consultant. in Tacoma, WA.

Washington STARS hours available - please bring your MERIT I.D. number.

Part of the Hilltop Educator Institute event series. Check out our other events!

The 2019-20 Educator Discussion Series is sponsored by KidsQuest Children's Museum. A big thank you for their commitment to advancing equity, social justice, and partnership within and outside the city of Seattle!

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Many thanks to the Bertschi School. We deeply appreciate your willingness with which you have and continue to sponsor our efforts to make our community a more inclusive place to live in:
The Bertschi School

Many thanks to the Hearing, Speech, Deaf Center whose generous support made this series possible:

The Speech, Hearing, Deaf Center

Many thanks to SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM for your partnership on making our vision of improving equity of outcomes across race and class more achievable:
SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM

Tickets are non-refundable one week before the event date.  Refunds can be requested from Brown Paper Tickets up until one week before the event.  If you become unable to attend the event after the refund deadline, please feel free to transfer your registration to another attendee.  Simply have your guest sign-in at the event using the name given at registration.
Wednesday Aug 12, 2020 5:15 PM - Wednesday Aug 12, 2020 6:30 PM | $10.00 - $20.00


Hilltop Children's Center (View)
4 Nickerson Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109
United States


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