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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2023

Waddle the Penguin

Anna Schneeberger

Junior, Early Childhood Special Education


In the STEAM method (Special Education and Early Childhood Education 309), pre-service teachers learn about how to apply creative thinking including ethical ways of incorporating Artificial Intelligence to science, technology, engineering, and math, known as STEM. Adding arts to STEM by incorporating the National Arts Standards in preschool curriculum kindles students’ imagination and creativity through the arts in STEM curriculum to students’ daily lives. It is important for young children to be exposed to STEAM curriculum at a young age because it encourages them to observe, find patterns, analyze results, and predict outcomes. This research-based STEAM curriculum, titled “Waddle the Penguin” is a STEAM curriculum introduces students to different arctic animals. Throughout the lesson, the students will be able to understand the habitats of different arctic animals. For my specific science lesson, students will learn how arctic animals stay warm in icy water. They will learn this by placing their hand that is covered with material into a bowl of ice water.

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