Recycle Your Way to STEAM Initiative Seeks to Engage One Million Head Start Children
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House, in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and Invest in US, hosted a science symposium to highlight the importance of promoting active STEM learning for the nation’s youngest learners. “Recycle Your Way to STEAM,” a joint effort of the National Head Start Association and Lakeshore Learning Materials to introduce young children to 21st century skills, was highlighted from among the over 200 submissions of innovation STEM work received by the White House.
“Recycle Your Way to STEAM” is a set of engaging, hands-on activities that invite children to build anything they can imagine— using cardboard, plastic bottles and other recyclable materials. Simple and child-directed, the activities introduce STEAM concepts in an age-appropriate way that engages children’s interest in exploration of the world around them. The project has set a goal of reaching one million Head Start children, preparing the country’s youngest learners for bright futures in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
“Encouraging our youngest learners through imaginative play designed specifically to promote 21st century skills is critical to preparing our children for the future,” said Kevin Carnes, Lakeshore President. “We’re tremendously honored to be highlighted by the White House for promoting these critical skills in Head Start classrooms nationwide.”
“Communities served by Head Start represent some of the nation’s most vulnerable – and have been historically underrepresented in the STEM fields,” said NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci. “Recycle Your Way to STEAM” is another tool in the Head Start toolbox designed to foster the inherent desire children have to build, discover and question the world around them.”
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The National Head Start Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in school and in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Visit www.nhsa.org and follow @NatlHeadStart for more information.
Lakeshore Learning Materials is a leading developer and retailer of top-quality materials for early childhood education programs, elementary schools and homes nationwide. Since 1954, Lakeshore has offered innovative learning materials distinguished by their quality, educational merit and safety. Visit www.LakeshoreLearning.com for more information.