Mention the word STEM to an educator and you will hear these words: science, technology, engineering, and math, but mention STEM to a kindergartener and watch their faces light up with delight and as they excitedly use the words fun, invent, build, explore, dig, exciting…and the list goes on and on!
Every Friday morning, Miss Stephanie, founder of Gray Matters, a hands-on science program, arrives with her boxes of materials and enthralls her audience with lessons that get our kindergarteners doing stuff, touching things, mixing materials, separating objects. One of her favorite projects involves burying chicken bones to represent dinosaur bones and letting her students put them back together. After identifying the bones and rearticulating the skeleton, heads are constructed out of clay. “Kids are natural scientists,” says Miss Stephanie and “getting their hands dirty gets their minds open and their brains jump-started.”