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Independent research confirms that Wolf Trap’s Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts is an effective teaching and learning strategy. In January 2015, Wolf Trap announced results of a four-year study, which showed that students are doing better in math, and that the program enhances teacher practice.

Akua Kouyate addresses panel beside Arvind Manocha

To share the impact of the Wolf Trap Residency Program in their classroom with parents, the teacher and teaching artist created a video that showcases children’s engagement with Engineering’s Six Steps. While the video may look like a performance, the real emphasis during the residency was the process and instilling habits of mind that will help the children to approach problem solving creatively in the future (problem solving using the creative process, where failure is only failure if you don’t learn from it and try again). Teaching Artist Jeanne Wall also created a song with a dance called “The Six Step Shuffle” to help the children learn the six steps.

Jeanne Wall does engineering experience with children

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Amanda Whiteman introduces probability and recording of data to help children create a dance phrase based on probability.

Picture of a colorful die on a colorful carpet

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Amanda Whiteman demonstrates how to use body shape to establish straight and curved lines while encouraging children to use descriptive/observational language to communicate this understanding through movement.

Amanda Whiteman climbing out of a box

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Amanda Whiteman demonstrates how to use child-directed movement to tell a story as children follow positional words to develop spatial awareness skills and body in space.

Children holding up fingers to count in a classroom

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Amanda Whiteman demonstrates how to use movement to establish character in a story while children observe and create movements of their own to represent characters from a story.

Amanda Whiteman with props on a drape

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Amanda Whiteman demonstrates how to use body shape to establish setting in a story as children follow a guided imagery/movement experience (making choices about straight and curved body shapes).

Amanda Whiteman helps a child make a body shape

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching artist Rachel Knudson demonstrates how use objects and vinyl spots to explore movement patterns.

Poly vinyl spots on a carpet

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Rachel Knudson demonstrates how to manage movement in the classroom using vinyl spots.

Rachel Knudson with children in classroom

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Rachel Knudson demonstrates how to explore graphing using vinyl spots.

Rachel Knudson demonstrates graphing with vinyl spots in a classroom with children

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