Early Childhood Conference

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PRESENTED BY

THE AREA NURSERY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION 

 

 HOSTED BY
GERMANTOWN ACADEMY

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TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

8:30am - 12:00pm

Early childhood educators build a child’s foundation for lifelong learning.  As our world changes at a rapid pace, we continually evolve our practice to prepare our students to thrive as learners in the 21st century.  STEAM experiences prepare children to think critically, build problem-solving skills, and cultivate creativity.  Join us as we explore this engaging work in “STEAM: Early Childhood Education for 21st Century Learners.”

Participants will engage in hands-on workshops that provide practical, developmentally appropriate ways to integrate STEAM experiences into your everyday practice.  Workshop sessions are designed for those new to STEAM as well as experienced practitioners.   We have invited several vendors to share their latest collections of quality STEAM materials at the conference.  We hope you will join the early childhood community for a morning of conversation and active experiences around the value of 21st century skills for young learners. 

Sincerely,

The Area Nursery School Association

"A NEW LENS OF LEARNING WITH LEGOS"

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: MIKE NIEVES & MARY REICHLEY

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Mike Nieves is the new Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia.  He is responsible for all of the LEGO® around the attraction.  Mike and his team create, fix, or clean all of the LEGO models.  He will be teaching classes on building various LEGO models, and demonstrating techniques used by the Master Model Builders as well as approaches to designing your own creations.  Before becoming a Master Model Builder, Mike worked as an instructor traveling to schools around New Jersey teaching classes on engineering using LEGO.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers State University of New Jersey and uses his engineering background often when designing LEGO models.  He’s been playing with LEGO since he was 2 years old and doesn’t plan on giving it up anytime soon.

Mary Reichley is the Trade Sales Coordinator for LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia working with Schools and Groups.  She became interested in LEGO® when she bought her oldest son his first LEGO set at the age of 5.  Mary co-founded the first Teen  LEGO Users Group in the world, ColonialLUG, to continue fostering the many creative and educational benefits of building with LEGO bricks.  Mary’s worked with kids of all ages through ColonialLUG’s many public events.  She has a degree in Business Economics from Bloomsburg University.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

MARCH 21, 2017 

 

8:30-9:10             Registration, Breakfast, and Vendors

9:15-9:50             Keynote Speakers, Mike Nieves & Mary Reichley

10:15 - 12:00      STEAM  Workshops

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  CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE

  • $5 for ANSA Members 
  • $20 for Non-ANSA Members 

*Registration fee can be paid upon arrival at conference.  

PQAS Credit 

Coming Soon ...Check back for a link to receive conference credits via the PA Keys website. 

Plan your visit:

MEET OUR VENDORS

Conference vendors will be on site to help you build a STEAM collection for your classroom.  Early childhood books, games, toys and more are available for purchase.  

Children's Book World, Havertown, PA 

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Lakeshore Learning 

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Becker's School Supplies 

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Lego Land Discovery Center

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RAFFLE PRIZES 

All conference participants will be entered to win one of these great prizes:  

A Family Membership to the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center
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A copy of NAEYC's newest publication: 

  Making and Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design Challenges with Young Children 

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