RISE focuses on preschool teachers and children pursuing explanations for how the world works (science – S) and solutions to problems (technology and engineering – T & E). By creating learning experiences that build from STE that is part of children’s lives – such as the plant and animal life, tools, structures and systems of transportation in their everyday environments – teachers connect new learning experiences to what children already know and extend children’s understandings.
RISE STE learning experiences are:
- CONNECTED – New STE learning is built on the foundation of what children bring to their classrooms. Learning occurs because classroom activities are connected to children’s experiences in their homes and communities.
- DEEPENED – New STE learning is built on understandings that have been supported in different areas of the classroom and in the community. Learning occurs because investigations occur at circle time, in the block area, at the science center, on the playground, on walks in the neighborhood, and anywhere else the class explores together.
- EXTENDED – New STE learning is built on what has happened before in the classroom. Learning occurs because investigations happen over days and weeks, giving children plenty of time to investigate and think about focal science and engineering ideas.