STEM Education is important to our country's long-term competitiveness because it prepares today's young children for the required competencies of jobs that are growing more technologically advanced by the day.

The STEM classrooms at the Center for Young Children (CYC) will align to our university academic mission to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement. IUPUI 2025 Strategic Initiative to Contribute to the Well-being of the Citizens of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana, and Beyond focuses on the strength of IUPUI in health, life sciences, and STEM disciplines. The CYC will offer two STEM-focused classrooms beginning in August of 2015.

In 2010, famed early childhood educator and guest speaker at IUPUI, Lilian Katz, wrote a paper entitled, "STEM in the early years." She wrote, "Extensive experience of working with young children and their teachers confirms the supposition that all children are innately curious and eager to explore their environments and learn about a wide variety of causes and effects. In this sense, our early education pedagogical methods should support these basic dispositions and provide a wide range of contexts for young children to use them."

The STEM Preschool program at the IUPUI Center for Young Children will provide these experiences and contexts using the Collections Curriculum as developed by Kori Bardige and Melissa Russell for the Hundred Acre School at Heritage Museums & Gardens Inc. The vision states that the “Collections Curriculum encourages children to be curious, to wonder, think, play, question, and connect with the world around them, so they will become innovators able to make great contributions to society.”

For more information about the curriculum:Click here.

For more information regarding a daily outline:Click here.


Jennifer Bohannon

Jennifer Bohannon

Jennifer joined the CYC in May of 2012. She received her Elementary Education degree with a concentration in science from IUPUC in 2008. She lives in Fountaintown with her husband Ryan, son Cullen, and two miniature dachshunds Shorts and Gretchen. Jennifer’s goals include being a great STEM teacher by incorporating various technologies into her daily plans, helping kids discover knowledge through hands-on experiments, and assisting children in becoming great problem solvers.
Vikki Tucher

Vikki Tucher

Vikki started her career at the Center for Young Children in 2000 as a Kindergarten teacher and is now teaching one of our two STEM focused classrooms. She earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Early Childhood from IUPUI in 2008. She teaches with a mixture of inquiry and project based learning that is designed to engage her students in exploring their world while developing a foundation in all learning domains. Vikki enjoys gardening, reading, and is a lover of all animals, big and small.

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