Introducing science, technology, engineering and math concepts in early grades helps establish a foundation for learning about these concepts in later grades, according to a report from the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education. This report draws on research and development supported by the National Science Foundation to highlight important considerations about STEM educational experiences for young children and professional learning for educators who provide those experiences. Findings show that early STEM lessons also can lead to gains in other areas, including reading and writing.
Sarama, J., Clements, D., Nielsen, N., Blanton, M., Romance, N., Hoover, M., Staudt, C., Baroody, A., McWayne, C., & McCulloch, C. (2018). Considerations for STEM education from PreK through grade 3. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc. http://cadrek12.org/sites/default/files/DRK12-Early-STEM-Learning-Brief.pdf