STEM Instruction Starts Early at CSM

Nathaniel Sheffield
Nathaniel Sheffield, left, a student at the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland, assists ScienceTeller Devin Johnson with a demonstration about flash paper.

Science Concepts Presented to St. Charles Children’s Learning Center Students

 

Nathaniel Sheffield
Nathaniel Sheffield, left, a student at the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland, assists ScienceTeller Devin Johnson with a demonstration about flash paper.

Children ages 2-12 from the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland were introduced to a variety of science concepts — hypothesis, experiment, condensation, evaporation and more — during a ScienceTellers’ presentation Nov. 10 at the college’s La Plata Campus.

ScienceTeller Devin Johnson, dressed in a rainbow-colored, tie-dyed lab coat, told his young audience a story about a pirate in between science demonstrations and experiments, inviting his young viewers to come forward to assist as he created “clouds,” demonstrated the fire created by flash paper and turned water into a gel.

“We’re combining science and story,” Johnson said. “The experiments go along with the theme of the story.”

ScienceTellers presentation
Preschool children from the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland watch a ScienceTellers presentation Nov. 10.

Johnson said that the idea is to relate familiar concepts with new concepts. “It works. I see it. They’re captivated by the whole experience,” Johnson said as he was setting up before his presentation. “I hope that they take away from this an interest in learning.”

“We are excited that our students have this opportunity to be exposed to science concepts in such a fun way,” said CLC Director Shirley Allen.

For information about ScienceTellers, visit www.sciencetellers.com.

The CLC has been in operation for 11 years and is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education. The center provides CSM students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, quality, child-centered care for more than 100 students from ages 8 weeks to 12 years old. The center has 10,000 square feet of learning space, including nine child-centered classrooms, a gymnasium and a prep kitchen. In addition, the center has its own private landscaped playground and access to the campus grounds.

 

Kalia Gillissen
Kalia Gillissen, a student at the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland, assists ScienceTeller Devin Johnson as he shows how he turned liquid into a gel.

For information on the CLC, visit http://clc.csmd.edu.

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