In Program A, parents and teachers wanted to create an activity that they could do together with their children. Their big idea was a “Carrera de observación” – discovery walk!
They worked in smaller groups to think about the possible routes for the discovery walk and things that could be collected and observed during the walk.
Parents shared STE activities that were happening in their homes. Three small groups came up with three different STE activities that could build on what they were already doing at home, and discussed ideas for how they could do these activities in their children’s classrooms.
In Program B, parents and teachers wanted to compare objects that sink or float. They planned to use straws of various types to experiment with propelling air to make floating objects move. This elicited a discussion about childhood experiences with a specific cultural tool (view video below).
One group in Program B thought about how they could use recyclable materials such as serving bowls, cups or popsicle sticks to do science activities with their children at home. They decided to build a house that has water pipes, furniture, and windows. During the construction of the house, parents and teachers talked about different roof structures and their function in China (view videos below).