Although children think playing in nature is fun, we know that “play” is the way children learn.
For eight years, a University of Cincinnati research team has analyzed how children’s unstructured play in natural settings cultivates a passion for learning, a stewardship of nature and an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
The findings of this research led, in part, to a dynamic series for educators inspired by a research grant from the National Science Foundation. The STEM in the Playscape digital modules are the first to be released as part of the Arlitt Professional Educators Learning Series, developed to engage early childhood educators with in-depth professional learning opportunities that promote reflective thinking and high-quality practices in early childhood education.
The STEM in the Playscape modules are the first to be released as a part of this initiative and accessible for free through the Office of Professional and Continuing Education. Once complete, participants can choose to pay a nominal fee to apply for continuing education credits and a certificate for completion of contact hours.