Evanston Township High School announced the launch of a Pre-K Science and Engineering program at its on-site preschool to help extend STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to the elementary school level.
The ETHS preschool serves as a unique learning space where ETHS students can take Introduction to Child Development and Advanced Child Development courses as part of the high school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum.
Twenty-five children of ETHS staff members attend the preschool overseen by staff members working with ETHS students who are eligible to earn a Level 1 Early Care and Education credential as designated by the State of Illinois.
The Pre-K Science and Engineering program model enables students enrolled in the ETHS Advanced Child Development course to learn best practices in early STEM education and apply what they learn in the real-world setting of the preschool.
The pre-school children, in turn, benefit from early exposure to science and engineering lessons that are led and implemented by high school students.
“Many students enrolled in our Advanced Child Development class are interested in pursuing education as a career,” stated Shelley Gates, CTE Department Chair at ETHS. “We are excited to provide this opportunity for them to learn about the importance of early elementary STEM education.”
A full-day workshop was held recently at The Garage at Northwestern University, a cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship space, where participants learned about best practices in early STEM education.
The ETHS CTE Department offers career programs and certifications in a wide variety of areas. Innovative models have been implemented in courses like Geometry in Construction and Algebra in Entrepreneurship to enable students to apply classroom content in a real world context.
A Wildkit Engineering Summer Camp, based on the high school’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, is also offered to middle school students in June.