Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in the Early Childhood Classroom

Note for 4-20-2020: This list will be removed as our new list, Explore STEAM with Young Children is available on the website. We also encourage you to check out our STEAM Tool Kit for additional resources. Please update your bookmarks as needed.

IEL Resources

Web Resources

  • Preschool STEM
    This blog entry on the National Science Teachers Association Web site discusses science, technology, engineering, and math–STEM. Science can be rolling objects down a ramp while recording and thinking about what happened. Technology includes computers, but it can also include using other tools such as flashlights and digital cameras. Engineering can be children planning and designing structures with blocks. Math can be counting and matching shapes and making patterns.
  • Preschool Science: Learning at the Playground!
    This article discusses how adults can turn playground play into adventures in science. Children can learn about momentum, friction, and balance on the playground.
  • The Pendulum
    During this activity, children interact with pendulums and have the opportunity to develop their reasoning about movement and trajectory.
  • Roll with It
    Sliding common objects, such as blocks, boxes, balls, empty containers, and even play foods, down a ramp is a fun way for kids to start exploring some physical science concepts related to the position and motion of objects.  Create a free account on the National Science Teacher Association website to view this resource.
Type of resource:
  • Resource List
Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Preschool Program
Intended audience(s):
  • Teachers / Service providers
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
  • Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Reviewed: 2017