Engineering with Candy Hearts

Young children are naturally curious.

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They wonder what things are called, how they work, and why things happen.

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The foundations of scientific learning lie in inquiry and exploration — these are the tools of active learning.

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Fostering young children’s sense of curiosity about the natural world around them can promote a lifelong interest in it.

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To do so, children need to observe things first-hand as much as possible.

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The younger the children, the simpler and more concrete the activities need to be.

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For this activity, we used gummy hearts and toothpicks to create structures. This enabled your little ones to become engineers!

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Though engineering may seem like a daunting task for the preschooler, we use problem-based learning to introduce such concepts.

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Problem-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning by means of problems that are centered around an open-ended challenge.

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Activities that promote investigation, creative critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are central to problem-based learning.

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