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Early Childhood Programs

Investing in a great start

Our littles today are tomorrow’s inventors and problem solvers. Early engagement in STEM is proven to encourage development of positive attitudes, values and lifelong habits about STEM content. In the future, our nation will need a population that is STEM literate. In fact, it is needed now! Our workforce is ever-changing, and some say we are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How can we equip our children for this future? 

Research tells us that children’s adult caregivers are critical in the education trajectory of their young children. The adults' attitudes and values around STEM will directly influence their child more than anything in their child’s preschooling and schooling years. 

Through early childhood programs, SCI will empower caregivers and their children to:

  1. Grow in confidence in STEM
  2. Overcome misconceptions about STEM learning and careers
  3. Normalize STEM learning in daily life

SCI staff will provide caregivers and their children developmentally appropriate STEM learning experiences at SCI and resources to train habits of the mind around STEM at home.

SCI's Early Childhood Programs

SCI Preschool

Preschool sets the stage for 3- and 4-year-olds to make dynamic discoveries in the world that surrounds them. At the SCI Preschool, little learners flourish in an environment that inspires the whole child with hands-on learning designed especially for them!

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Pint Size Science & Pint Size Science: Toddler Edition

This interactive classroom experience allows young explorers ages 20 months to 3 years and ages 3-5 to explore the world around them through fun, hands-on activities they can share with a parent or caregiver.

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Family STEM Institute

The Science Center of Iowa's Family STEM Institute helps parents lead their families in educational learning by incorporating science, technology, engineering and math into their daily lives.

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Preschool Camps

Science camps help children form friendships and develop a love for science early on. The SCI Preschool operates Summer and Winter Camps as well as full-day summer classes.

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