For early learners, it is critical to encourage teachers to engage children in activities that foster curiosity and spark exploration and discovery through science. Science activities provide children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills including organization, communication, collaboration and perseverance, as well as analytical skills such as inferring, reasoning and problem-solving. Studies have shown that students who begin to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics during the elementary years often end up in high paying STEM careers. (NRC, 2008)
Check out the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website for more information.