New Hampshire Public Television and Learniverse Education Media’s initiative, STEM From the START, is a new curriculum resource available free to educators, home schoolers and care providers teaching STEM content to PreK-2 students. Combining animated adventures with guided activities, the free lessons are engaging, effective, easy to prepare and aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Research shows that children form lasting attitudes towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by the third grade. However, much of the focus on STEM learning has been on the higher grades. STEM From The START uses the power of educational video to help lay the groundwork for STEM subjects by engaging children in learning that is fun, engaging, meaningful and lasting.
Each STEM From The START video lesson features the Quinks, three curious aliens named Quazar, Neutrina and Fluxx, who have come to Earth to learn about how things on our planet work. With the help of a human friend, they explore basic principles of physical science. Each lesson is designed to be paused or stopped so educators and parents can engage children in guided discussions, hands-on experiments and scientific explorations provided in a downloadable PDF Discovery Guide.
Meet the Quinks, Fluxx, Neutrina and Quazar below respectively.
The STEM From the START program has been received positively by many so far. Mary, a first grade teacher, stated, "What I really like is the level of engagement of my students that are hardest to engage and keep focused." Check out more reactions to the program on the STEM from the Start website.
Check out the full lesson video library on the STEM from the START website.
Register here for the STEM from the START program.