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This event is for teachers, administrators, and interpreters serving Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Visually Impaired, and/or DeafBlind students.

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Wednesday, March 15 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
STEM Concepts in the Early Childhood Classroom (repeat) LIMITED

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Studies have shown that introducing STEM concepts in the early childhood classroom increases the self-confidence for children in science and mathematics (Patrick, et.al 2009; Hunting et.al, 2012; MacDonald et.al 2020). The literature shows that STEM education contributes to the growth of academic skills, problem solving, innovative thinking, and analyzing situations critically (MacDonald, et. al, 2020). There is not enough research in STEM early childhood education instructional strategies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, especially with multiple disabilities. In this presentation, we discuss various strategies from the visual and tactile perspective and give different examples of STEM based learning activities which can be used in the early childhood classrooms. Finally, we encourage dialogue surrounding development of STEM based curriculum for the D/HH early grades.

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Dr. Patrick Graham

Dr. Patrick Graham is currently an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Master of Sciencein Secondary Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the Rochester Institute of Technology'sNational Technical Institute for the Deaf. His focus is on STEM education, early childhood... Read More →
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Emma V. Balderas

Emma V. Balderas currentlyteaches at Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) in the Early ChildhoodCenter (ECC) with children ages 2 and 3. Emma has experience working with the Family InstructionalResource Service Team (FIRST) program which supports children birth to 36 months of age... Read More →

Wednesday March 15, 2023 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
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