Mary Jo Pollman

Come Join in Creative Movement and Drama Adventures to Promote STEAM!

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Come Join in Creative Movement and Drama Adventures to Promote STEAM!

This presentation will engage participants in thoughtful examination of movement and drama in preschool and kindergarten classes and how they can have a strong connection to STEM. Participants will move near their screens and use their movement and drama activities to extend their knowledge of STEM concepts in Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences. Emphasis will be on children working together to promote an understanding of Arts-STEM in movement and drama.

Mary Jo Pollman

ECE Consultant, Professor Emerita

Metropolitan State University

She received her PhD in ECE from Florida State. A former preschool school as well as K-3 teacher, Dr. Pollman has also taught ECE for over thirty years in higher ED and continued her study in Australia, Italy (Reggio), Japan, Germany, and Canada. She developed Arts-STEM curriculum in the US and in two China English speaking preschools. She has been an Arts-STEM presenter at the national level at NAEYC, NSTA, ACEI, NCTM, and NAECTE and their state affiliates as well as at the Cal Tech STEM, the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood, ETSU ECE, Head Start Region 8 and Froebel USA Conferences. Additionally, she has been an Arts-STEM presenter in workshops at Chicago Public Schools; Prescott, Arizona; and four districts in Colorado. Dr. Pollman studied in-depth the spatial development research and how it is related to STEM, and experimented with how spatial development, arts, and STEM can be connected. She wrote about them in Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Through Spatial Development (2010) and continued her interest in the connections in another book, The Young Artist as Scientist: What Can Leonardo Teach Us? (2017). They have been recommended by NSTA.

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