Implementation of an integrated STEM activity in pre-primary schools

Eva M. García Terceño, Ileana M. Greca, Andreas Redfors, Marie Fridberg

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Abstract

BotSTEM is an ERASMUS+ project. Its outputs are aimed to provide in- and pre-service teachers in Childhood and Primary Education with a didactical framework, research-based materials and best practices using integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and robot-based approaches for enhancing scientific literacy in young children. Initial results from the implementation of activities following the proposed model in preschools in Spain are presented here. Despite the possible obstacles that preschool teachers initially expressed, the preliminary analysis indicates that the proposed STEM integrated framework, including inquiry teaching and engineering design methodologies, can be used with children as young as 4 y.o. In the case of a project about magnets, the children seem to have learnt some scientific ideas, applied these ideas to design a magnetic toy and learnt about spatial orientation using robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 11th International Conference on European Transnational Educational (ICEUTE 2020)
EditorsÁlvaro Herrero, Daniel Urda, Javier Sedano, Héctor Quintián, Emilio Corchado
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages30-39
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030577988
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020-Aug-15
Event11th International Conference on EUropean Transnational Education, ICEUTE 2020 - Burgos, Spain
Duration: 2020-Sep-162020-Sep-18

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1266 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on EUropean Transnational Education, ICEUTE 2020
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBurgos
Period20-09-1620-09-18

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)

Keywords

  • Design-based research
  • Early childhood education
  • Inquiry-based teaching
  • Integrated STEM education
  • Variation theory

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