At 10 locations around the country, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Northrop Grumman Foundation announced the launch of an Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts initiative. The initiative is for pre-school and kindergarten children, their parents, teachers and caregivers.
The program integrates elements of the performing arts into existing school curriculum to teach STEM concepts and skills to kids. The program features multi-session classroom residencies; professional development workshops for administrators, teachers, and specialists; and family involvement workshops for parents and caregivers.
“The Northrop Grumman Foundation is committed to providing unique educational experiences related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for students and teachers,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, vice president of corporate responsibility and president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation.
“We are pleased to partner with Wolf Trap on this pilot program to reach children even earlier in their education, tapping into their natural interest in the arts, to encourage interest and curiosity in the topics of STEM,” she added.
The Wolf Trap Institute is an internationally respected program that provides innovative arts-based teaching strategies and services in more than 1,000 classrooms serving 35,000 young children, their parents, educators, and teaching artists each year.