Webinar—Introducing Preschoolers to Science: What Works and What Doesn’t

Led by GrowingGreat, early childhood educators have joined forces and are reinventing STEM programs to address the lack of access to fresh produce and green space for under-resourced families. 

Click here to watch this archived webinar in
ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.


Questions? Contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock.


Join the Leadership Team of the My First Garden collaborative for a discussion of their biggest successes with the 5-and-under crowd, plus some of the things that didn’t go so well. Presenters from Explora, Exploration Place, GrowingGreat, Madison Children’s Museum, and Wonderlab share their teaching techniques and programs, along with 10 hands-on STEM and nutrition activities in English and Spanish for you to adapt to your program needs.

All webinar participants received 10 early childhood nutrition, garden, and STEM hands-on activities from the GrowingGreat series Play with Your Food/Juguemos con la comida.

  • “All About Apples”
  • “Beans in a Bag”
  • “Crunching on Celery”
  • “Cows or Soybeans?”
  • “Flowers, Leaves, and Roots”
  • “See, Hear, Smell, Touch, and Taste”
  • “Seed Sleuths”
  • “Water a Plant”
  • “Where Does Bread Come From?”
  • “Wiggly Worms”

The My First Garden collaborative is funded by Astellas USA Foundation.


Audience: This webinar is designed for science center, museum, cultural institutions, and out-of-school professionals from all career levels, particularly those working in education, early childhood education, school programs, outreach programs, public programs, and external collaborations/partnerships.


Fee: There was no fee for this webinar; those who registered received a link to the recording after the event.



Emmy Brockman, Director of Education at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology in Bloomington, Indiana, has an master’s degree in early childhood education, over a decade of museum education experience, and has the special pleasure of teaching much of the museum’s early childhood programming—where her background as a opera singer and award-winning children’s musician/composer really comes in handy.


Heather Davis, Early Learning Manager at Madison Children’s Museum in Wisconsin, is a long-time educator who realizes the significant value that environment plays in education and values opportunities to connect children with their community and the world around them.


Over the past four years, Victoria Gilmartin, Educator at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas, 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.


Carolyn Gore is an Early Childhood Educator at Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2011 with a degree in elementary education.


This webinar is moderated by Jennifer Jovanovic, Executive Director of GrowingGreat. With a staff of three, she oversees everything at GrowingGreat, a small (but mighty) nonprofit that helps kids, families, and teachers in low-income communities discover the science and fun of healthy eating and growing the things we eat. She is also Leader of 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.



Questions? Contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock.



Wendy Hancock is ASTC’s Senior Program Manager, Professional Development.