STEM in early childhood education

It’s easy to talk about all of the careers that require a STEM education, but what does it look like for our youngest learners?

In an interactive classroom setting intentionally designed to provide brain-building experiences and hands-on exploration, our students are free to discover, grow, and excel. Our teachers provide support when needed, offering guidance and assistance with new ideas, skills, and in facilitating interplay between children and the environment.

Our STEM world continues outside of the classroom, with multiple age-appropriate playscapes and yards, garden space, a makerspace for experiments and projects, and a multipurpose room for communal meals and special events.

Nurturing curiosity

“Why?” is a staple in the toddler vocabulary, and at Kepler STEM School, we encourage them to never stop questioning and discovering the world around them. Additionally, exposure to descriptive vocabulary and sensory words (hot, freezing, bumpy), comparison words (bigger, higher, fewer) and attribute words (color, shape, size) give them the voice they need to explore.

What does this look like in the classroom?


  • Making predictions based on observations

  • Describing the world around them

  • Asking questions that lead to discoveries

  • Using technology to explore

Technology & Engineering

  • Planning and creating solutions to problems they encounter inside and outside of the classroom

  • Combining objects in new and innovative ways

  • Testing and revising solutions

  • Viewing “mistakes” as new opportunities for creation


  • Pattern & Shape awareness

  • Spatial awareness - movement, position, and direction

  • Counting - basic addition and subtraction

  • Measurements - basic distance, time, size, and volume

STEM jobs—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—are projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022.

-U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration

Examples for STEM careers:

  • Agricultural and food scientists

  • Biological scientists & technicians

  • Chemical engineers

  • Aerospace engineering

  • Geological and petroleum engineers