Event Date/Time: August 22, 2012 10am-12pm (EDT)
Description: The National Air and Space Museum will be offering a free, live webcast for early childhood educators, parents, and enthusiasts to learn how to teach inquiry science to three-, four-, and five-year-olds. Using hands-on, recyclable and easily found materials, early childhood museum educators Ann Caspari and Lizzie Cammarata will give teachers the confidence to teach science to young children. They will provide lesson plans, activities for the classroom, and clearly defined science goals that are age-appropriate for young learners. The theme of the two-hour webcast will be Light and Shadows – so get ready with your flashlights to learn some science and have fun too!
Ann Kuhlthau Caspari is a museum education specialist with a master’s degree from the Museum Education Program in Educational Leadership at The George Washington University. Ann has more than twenty years of experience working in museums with school audiences. As Early Childhood Education Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Ann develops learning experiences for children ages three through eight. Ann serves on the Board of Directors of Museum Education Roundtable, a national organization that publishes the Journal of Museum Education. Ann is co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the Twenty-first Century, a book on education reform for schools.
Lizzie Cammarata joined the Early Childhood Education team at the National Air and Space Museum in August 2010. She is the “PNC Grow Up Great with Science” Program Assistant. Through “Grow Up Great,” Lizzie has been developing and implementing professional development for Pre-K teachers in DC Public Schools to teach inquiry science to three- and four-year-olds. Lizzie received her BA in American Studies with a minor in Studio Art from Hamilton College and her MA in American Studies from George Washington University.