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Inside and Out, From Exhibits to Gardens: Hands-On Activities for Growing Great Veggies & Fruits

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


Three children doing a gardening activity.Led by GrowingGreat, STEM educators who work with PreK–5th grade students are addressing under-resourced families’ lack of access to fresh and green space by reinventing education programs. More and more, science center educators are taking kids outdoors with programs that allow them to experience living, growing plants and animals while engaging in scientific inquiry.

But can you do garden and nutrition education programs if you don’t have access to an outdoor space? Yes, you can!

Presenters from the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, Carnegie Science Center, Creative Discovery Museum, Exploration Place, and GrowingGreat shared a variety of perspectives, teaching techniques and programs, along with seven hands-on STEM, garden, and nutrition activities. These activities are designed for students in grades PreK–5 and can be adapted to your program needs. This webinar was brought to you by the GrowingGreat Veggies & Fruits: A National STEM Education Program leadership team.

Watch the recorded webinar!

Thank you to Del Monte Foods, Inc. for generously supporting this program.

About the presenters:

Victoria Mitchell is an Educator at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas, and, over the past five years, she has worked with students of all ages to inspire a love for science. She loves to push students out of their comfort zone and introduce new tools, concepts, and topics that they wouldn’t encounter otherwise.

Christina Soff is the Education Coordinator for the Demonstration Theaters Department at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is going into her fifth year of being with the science center and during her tenure has developed live theater stage shows and floor demonstrations on a variety of science themes. Though she enjoys developing content for all types of programming, she is passionate about creating programming for early learners, individuals that may have sensory sensitivities and incorporating STEAM education throughout the museum exhibit gallery floors. Christina loves getting all people excited about science!

Erin Townley is the Early Childhood Manager at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Over the past three years at the museum, Erin has taught parent-child classes, planned events filled with multisensory activities for toddlers and preschoolers, conducted teacher workshops, and run a kindergarten readiness awareness program. She has also brought STEAM lessons to the community and has collaborated with other community organizations focusing on early childhood issues in Chattanooga.

Mariah Romaninsky is the Senior Manager of STEM Programs at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a former middle school science teacher and works with the school district and local educational organizations to ensure that all Philadelphia students, PreK through high school, have access to high-quality science education. Mariah co-created an interdisciplinary curriculum for preschools and delivers professional development workshops and conference presentations on inquiry-based science instruction locally and throughout the country.

Jennifer Jovanovic is the Executive Director of GrowingGreat, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that helps kids, families, and teachers in under-resourced communities discover the science and fun of healthy eating and growing the things we eat. She also leads the ASTC Early Childhood Community of Practice and previously spent seven years as the Director of the Saint Louis Science Center’s Science Beyond the Boundaries network.


March 24
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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