The STEMI2E2 Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education center is a collaborative effort of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the Marsico Institute, and The Department of Education Office of Special Education (OSEP).
The website developed for this project contains a wealth of information for educators and families in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and young children with disabilities. Tabs on the website include:
- About and Our Work – These two areas of the website provide information about the STEMI2E2 Visitors to the website can learn about the center’s goals and the work they do.
- STEMIEFest – Under the STEMIE FEST tab, visitors to the website will find Media Cubbies. These cubbies are sources of information from experts in the field and include activities, videos, and articles from the STEMIEFest conference.
- Resources – The Resources area contains blog articles with videos, suggestions for lesson planning, book lists, and/or tip sheets. The book tip sheets include adaptations for the books that are listed for children with different exceptionalities, such as vision adaptations, alternate communication strategies, and visuals that can be used with specific stories in addition to general adaptations. This area also includes learning trajectories and how thinking and planning with learning trajectories in mind is important when working with young children with disabilities.
- STEM4EC Community – Clicking on the STEMIE Community tab will lead the visitor to an area where he/she can join the stem community, share ideas and experiences and send ideas.
This website has a lot of information for educators and family members to explore and learn more about STEM and using STEM activities with young children with disabilities. As you spend time with these resources, you can reflect on the possibility of exploration with a variety of materials within classrooms and homes. Opportunities for exploration are important for ALL children, as exploration leads to more in-depth learning.
Reviewed by: Jodi Knapp