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Supporting Young Children’s Creative Thinking Using Problems They Care About: Engineering Design In ECE

June 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

| Free

Young children participate in engineering design and science inquiry from their earliest years as they seek to understand and change their environment. Helping children learn to use materials and their surroundings to build and solve problems is part of early childhood education. Children’s engineering may involve seeking to build a stable tower, using a stick as a tool, or planning a process to take turns.

Learn how to support design thinking for children ages 3 through 8 in this dynamic webinar presented by STEM experts Peggy AshbrookCarrie Lynne Draper, and Beth Van Meeteren. The goal of this webinar is to help you provide opportunities for children in your program to develop engineering habits of mind: ask questions about a situation they want to change, make observations to understand how one part of a solution affects the others, identify problems and seek solutions, and collaborate with others. Using developmentally appropriate practice, you will learn how to guide children to approach problems with a positive attitude that recognizes failure and trying again as part of a learning process.

Join webinar to:

  • Learn the building blocks of Engineering Habits of Mind: systems thinking, creativity, try and try again optimism, and collaboration.
  • Discuss ways to nurture engineering habits of the mind and provide time for ‘the process,’ moving away from ‘product’ type engineering.
  • View what engineering looks like in early childhood settings—examples of young children’s spontaneous engineering design to solve problems important to them.
  • Explore how engineering activities develop communication skills and have real-world context for learning science and mathematics concepts.


All sessions are 1.5 hours long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

2:oo PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time.

To ensure you receive confirmation and reminder emails, add customercare@gotowebinar.com to your contacts list. If you do not receive your email confirmation, check your Spam or Junk mail folders in your email system.

Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recording, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.

Only 2,000 people at one time can attend our webinars, but registration often tops 4,000. Only the first 2,000 people to click the link to attend the webinar will be able to get in. We start the webinars 30 minutes in advance of the start time. Arrive early to make sure you get in.

Please be advised that you will only be eligible for the great door prizes if you participate in the live session.

You can earn .2 CEUs for each webinar. The cost is $15 paid to University of Oklahoma online when you apply. Learn more here: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from University of Oklahoma

See the schedule of upcoming webinars.