If you really think about what makes a scientist, you’d have to agree that every young child is a scientist. Just like scientists, little ones are always asking that little one-word question: “WHY?” The Museum’s ECHOS program (Early Childhood Hands-On Science), an early childhood science curriculum and professional development program, was developed with this idea in mind. ECHOS is designed to enhance school readiness for young children and demonstrate that very young children can learn science skills and concepts. Recently an ECHOS educator workshop was held, to prepare early childhood teachers and teacher assistants with the knowledge and structure of an ECHOS lesson. They learned all about bees – the parts of their bodies, how they use dance to communicate, their important job of pollinating flowers, and lots more. They will be well prepared when their scientist students ask “why?”

Teachers have collected nectar from paper flowers throughout the room, and are bringing it back to their beehive.

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