Workshops

Young children experiment to learn about the world around them.  Physical science activities engage children in experimentation to figure out how things work.  Participants will see videos of children using physical science materials, will experiment with the materials themselves, and will learn how to use them in their own settings.

Our workshops have been designed for teachers of 3-year-olds to 2nd grade.  All workshops are limited to 24 participants.

 

Please contact CEESTEMworkshop@uni.edu to schedule a workshop.

Ramps and Pathways (3 hours)

Limited to 24 participants

Young children engage in reasoning about physics when they try to figure out how to achieve an exciting result by building structures with pathways for marbles and other objects that roll.  The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to experience a physical science activity that is appealing from ages 3 to 83!

 

To schedule a workshop please contact: CEESTEMworkshop@uni.edu

Bubbles (3 hours)

Limited to 24 participants

Bubbles are a great way to get children to experiment.  Can you hold a bubble?  Can you make a square bubble?  Can you blow a bubble using a fork?  Participants will engage in bubble-blowing activities as they attempt to answer these questions and learn how making many types of bubbles promotes reasoning.  Bubble recipes will be shared.

Cooking (3 hours)

Limited to 24 participants

Young children love to cook!  Cooking is a grown-up activity that engages children in science, math, and literacy.  Participants will explore the value of cooking from an educational point of view, use child-tested recipes, and see how children can use simple kitchen appliances to produce tasty learning!  Safe and practical chemistry for young children.

For printable recipes from our Cooking workshop Click Here.

Physics of Sound (3 hours)

Limited to 24 participants

A great way to learn about the physics of sound is through experimenting with making musical instruments.  Using everyday objects such as tin cans and rubber bands, children learn how to control different aspects of sound such as pitch, loudness, timbre, and duration.  Participants will experience making their own musical instruments and will learn how to foster children's interest, experimentation, and cooperation.

Water Movement (3 hours)

Limited to 24 participants

Water activities can be more than just play. Children can experiment and learn about the movement of water, such as how size and placement of holes in cups affect flow. Participants will experiment with water materials and will learn how to inspire children's investigation into the characteristics of water.

Air Dynamics (3 hours)

Limited to 24 participants

Can you move an object across the table without touching it?  Can you make a ping pong ball levitate? Teachers can give these challenges to teach about air dynamics. Participants will explore dynamics of air and learn how to facilitate children's experimentation and scientific inquiry.

Games (3 hours)

Limited to 24 participants

When children play games, they develop and deepen mathematical concepts, expand their oral language, enagage in authentic reading and writing; reason about strategies; and learn to take turns, take another person's perspective and negotiate.  Participants will play games and learn how to maximize the learning opportunities that games offer young children.  To print off games that are featured in our Games workshop, please visit:http://www.uni.edu/coe/special-programs/regents-center-early-developmental-education/ceestem/games/workshop-games