Leap Into Science: Cultivating Creativity and Critical Thinking by Integrating Children’s Storybooks and STEAM Activities
Tara Cox and Emily Early, The National Girls Collaborative; and Darryl Williams, The Franklin Institute
Grades: PreK – 3
Join The Franklin Institute and the National Girls Collaborative for an interactive session focused on curriculum and strategies from Leap into Science (leap.fi.edu), a nationally recognized and free STEAM and literacy program engineered by The Franklin Institute.
Participants will be introduced to the Leap into Science curriculum that is flexibly designed for PreK – 3rd grade children and families, and intended for preschools, afterschool programs, and libraries. The curriculum intentionally incorporates children’s books with hands-on STEAM activities and is supported by the Core Four strategies which help children build critical thinking and literacy skills through creativity. These research-based strategies include asking questions, encouraging scientific thinking, cultivating rich dialogue, and making connections.
Attendees will experience a Leap into Science workshop as learners including a read-aloud of a children’s book and hands-on STEAM activity. They will have the opportunity to learn about and join the Leap into Science National Network of educators dedicated to supporting STEAM and literacy learning for children and families. Network members have access to the Leap into Science website with free curriculum and training resources.