Early Childhood Science Series
Steve Lechner and The Science Works provide a year long enrichment series featuring creative and innovative inquiry-based science experiences for children aged 3-7. Utilizing hands-on experiments, children’s literature, puppets, activities, a bit of magic and just plain fun, Steve will introduce children to the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.)!
Through these workshops, children will have the opportunity to investigate, question, and wonder while interacting with developmentally appropriate curriculum. Teachers and parents will be inspired by the presentation of science themes that let children become involved in and excited about scientific inquiry and discovery.
Handouts are available for each program, providing further experiments and activities for children to try at home with their families, and a jumping off point for teachers to engage in more scientific discovery in the classroom.
Year One Series (Presented in 2015-2016; Planned for the 2017-2018 School Year):
- Science Magic (September)
- Super Sound (October)
- Kitchen Chemistry (November)
- Out of this World (Space) (December)
- Snowy Science (January)
- Under the Sea (February)
- Magnetic Magic (March)
- Rainbows and Color (April)
- The Magic Garden (Terrariums) (May)
- Billions of Bugs (June)
- Sea Shell Science (July)
- Sand-Sational Science (August)
Year Two Series (Presented in 2014-2015; Planned for the 2016-2017 School Year):
- Kaleidoscopes (September)
- Pumpkins (October)
- Bouncing and Rolling Part I (November)
- Bouncing and Rolling Part II (December)
- Water Collecting (January)
- Dinosaur Days (February)
- Rock Collecting (March)
- Flying Things (April)
- Birds of a Feather (May)
- Seedy-Science (June)
- Bubbles All Around (July)
- Trees in the Breeze (August)
Early Childhood Mathematics Series
Math and Science are two topics that have traditionally been separated by activities, themes, interest, ability, time period, and adults throughout the history of education. While they may be separated in our minds as educators, to children they can and should both be fun, exciting, and comprised of the same activities/methods/materials! The basic math skills that children are developing at the early childhood level are the same skills that form the building blocks of all scientific inquiry and investigation throughout those children’s lives. Steve Lechner’s early childhood Math series shown below encompasses many of the basic Science/Math concepts and skills which provide the foundation for all scientific and mathematical understanding.
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“Steve captivates the children’s attention as soon as he enters the school… they immediately start running towards him and can’t wait for him to get started. He has a incredible way of engaging the students on their level that makes learning science so much FUN! His activities are perfect for this age group and most of the supplies can be found at home so the kids can repeat the activity with their families. My class wishes Steve could come to our school every day.”
— Lori H., Director, Plymouth Nursery School
“Steve Lechner presents a science program that will enhance and enrich the science curriculum of any school. Steve’s knowledge and presentation has been immensely helpful for our staff and most rewarding for the children. I highly recommend Steve’s program to all.”
— Virginia Smith Alterio, Former Director, Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills
Detailed descriptions for the Year One series of programs
designed and developed by Steve Lechner:
|Science Magic: Water Experiments
Magicians do some amazing things, but all of their magic is based on simple science! Steve will start off the year with some simple science magic experiments using water and everyday household items, to show that anyone can become a “Science-Magician”!
Sound is all around us, but it’s often taken for granted. We’ll look at some interesting -sound-materials today, including “tickle-paper” and the “laughing-cup”! Come prepared to laugh.
Kitchens are often turned into science-laboratories at home (at least in my home), and for good reason. There are many baking and cooking materials that use chemical reactions in the baking process. We’ll look at some simple and safe experiments that can be recreated easily at home (with an adult’s help, of course).
|Out of This World!
Have you ever met a real live astronaut? Seen a real-life spaceship? They may not be life-sized, but Steve will bring an astronaut into class today (even if he is only 8 inches tall) and send a rocket ship across the room (even if it is only a latex balloon)!
Most people collect rocks, shells and coins… One of Steve’s best collections is his Snow Collection! Of course, it would help is he knew what snow was… It will be up to the children to set him straight!
|Under the Sea
What lives under the sea? Starting with an ocean book, we will meet a few of Steve’s puppet friends who come from the cold-dark depths of the ocean while we search for a whale, and then make an “ocean” to keep in the classroom.
Steve has another collection to show everyone, his Magnet Collection, but as usual, he’s forgotten what a magnet is. It will be up to the children to teach him, and then spend some time messing about with magnets to discover their OWN experiments and ideas!
|Rainbows and Color
Do you know your colors? I hope so, because as usual, Steve is a little mixed up and may have forgotten some of his! Starting with the Primary colors, the class will help to create the secondary colors, then to create a Rainbow in a Box, and finally to take all the colors apart!
|The Magic Garden
What do you call a small, self-contained terrarium garden that doesn’t need watering and still grows? I don’t know about you, but Steve calls this his “Magic-Garden”! And everyone will create their own today!
|Billions of Bugs
No, Steve is NOT bringing in billions of bugs, and probably not even any live ones, but he will have some bug and insect friends along to help children discover the difference between these two types of small creatures.
Sand comes in all shapes and colors, but mostly one size: Small. We’ll look at sand up close and personal, check out sand from around the world, and even create a “Sand-Bug” Theatre to see the little creatures perform! (Not living sand-bugs, but moving and dancing ones all the same!)
Steve has gone to the beach to collect seashells, and once again, he is slightly mixed up. Just the fact that the shells he collected TOLD him they were shells doesn’t sound right. But you will have to see this shell collection to believe it.
For more information on how to bring these programs to your school, please contact Steve Lechner at The SCIENCE WORKS!