The NC STEM Ecosystem, a statewide collaborative of STEM organizations, submitted a proposal to The Franklin Institute in 2020 to coordinate Leap into Science training for early childhood educators across North Carolina. Our goal is to connect with formal and informal educators that understand the power of using children's literature linked to inquiry-based activities to introduce STEM concepts. The NC Leap into Science program is just beginning our efforts to build regional groups of workshop presenters. We will be hosting virtual trainings of workshop presenters using the Leap into Science Light & Shadow curriculum in the coming months. Educators who are trained will become part of a statewide network of workshop providers and have access to kit materials and expanded curriculum offerings. The training and materials are offered at no cost to interested educators.
Reading serves to open windows into children's minds as they are asked to "notice and wonder" about what they see and hear.
Engaging students with concepts from their reading using hands-on activities helps them answer questions and experiment with solutions.
Ultimately this leads to a better understanding of the world around them, fuels their curiosity, and encourages them ask questions and continue to discover.
“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install,
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”
— Roald Dahl,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own."
— Katherine Patterson
Looking for a workshop?
As we train workshop presenters across North Carolina we want to be sure that they are able to be located by parents and other child caretakers. If you are interested in attending a Leap into Science workshop with young children (ages 3-10), go to NC STEM Center and use the Keywords “Leap into Science” to find a workshop near you.