Early learners can also participate in Destination Imagination. Learn more about our Pathways resource and Rising Stars! Challenge below.
STEM & LITERACY PATHWAYS
Children are natural STEM investigators who are eager to explore, observe and ask questions. Their preschool years are not only crucial in building a foundation for STEM learning, but also fostering their creativity and curiosity through the arts. Our Pathways resource provides teachers with resources to meaningfully engage students in creative learning while building STEM and literacy skills. Learn more below.
RISING STARS! TEAM CHALLENGE
Our Rising Stars! for Early Learners Challenge is designed for preschool through second grade kids and is an opportunity for them to be creative, learn simple building and construction, become comfortable working in teams, and learn how to speak in front of an audience. The Challenge is noncompetitive, which helps ease pressure and lets kids play and experiment with their solutions.
STEM & LITERACY PATHWAYS
STEAM-based learning can help children develop critical and creative thinking, analysis, reasoning, and design skills and can also enhance later interest in STEM careers.
Our STEM & Literacy for Early Learners (Pathways) resource is designed to prepare 3- to 6-year-olds with a jump start in literacy and STEM concepts as well as engaging their interest in the arts. It includes 18 chapters complete with fun and engaging activities that are perfect for the classroom and at home.
Pathways is beneficial to parents, teachers and students:
Pathways helps kids learn the creative process from imagination to innovation through inquiry-guided learning, helping even the youngest students deal with new material or equipment.
Kids experience the satisfaction that can come from overcoming obstacles and setbacks and solving problems.
Parent involvement is encouraged not only with the take-home activities, but a variety of other initiatives as well.
Pathways is designed to assist teachers and parents in teaching STEM and literacy concepts to very young learners. For classrooms where the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is used for example, Head Start centers), Pathways will aid teachers in the “Instructional Support” domain.
Click here to download our program overview booklet or click through the booklet below.
These materials give children a “sense of wonder” and have been fully supported by the STEM & Literacy educational approach for our Head Start children.
-Barb Bartels, Baltimore City Head Start
RISING STARS!® TEAM CHALLENGE
Every year, Destination Imagination writers develop a new Rising Stars! for Early Learners Challenge. They focus on creating a fun learning environment and allowing kids to be creative. The Challenge is noncompetitive, which helps ease pressure and lets kids play and experiment with their solutions. However, there is a showcase option, which allows teams to perform their solutions at a tournament. Click here to start a team today.