Hopkins Public Schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative pledges to “embed STEM concepts and skills within real-world curriculum at every level, to better prepare our students for the 21st century.”
All preschools, serving about 360 students, received exciting, hands-on, exploratory materials that lend themselves to the discovery and investigation of STEM concepts and vocabulary such as incline, speed, pattern, pendulum, force, and predict. Staff also provide parents with an understanding of what STEM means and suggest ideas for STEM enrichment at home.
This grant will be supplemented by the district’s early childhood program budget, parent volunteer hours, and Hopkins School Readiness funding in order to provide teachers with in-service training and support, and to create a “Let’s Build” event to introduce these new exciting STEM ideas and tools to the community.
Stepping Stones Preschool and Harley Hopkins
Submitters: Karen Tadewald, Lucy Lyons, Coreen Hagon