LHS, Los Medanos College unveil pilot course to teach math and science to young, nontraditional learners

Promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning for young children -- like these youngsters at the Lawrence Hall of Science -- is the focus of a new course partnership between the Hall of Science and Los Medanos Community College. (Photo courtesy of the UC Regents.)

The Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) and Los Medanos Community College in Pittsburg, California, will develop and pilot an undergraduate course on teaching science and math to young children, tailoring it to the needs of nontraditional learners. The project was announced this week at a White House event to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning for kids.  

Ellen Blinderman, the LHS early childhood projects director, outlined plans for the pilot course, which will be shared online in hopes that colleges and universities nationwide will offer it to their students. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation.

The White House event was held under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services and Invest in US, which challenges business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, public officials and the public to provide high-quality early childhood programs for children from birth to age 5. 

The Hall of Science isUC Berkeley’s public science center.  

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