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Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children

CE credit is not available for this webinar.

Young children are curious, excited, interested in exploring and eager to try new things. Discover ways to encourage that sense of inquiring through hands-on science activities that are simple, inexpensive, safe, and very appropriate for afterschool and 4-H club programs.  Learn how to help young children develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication life skills.


For the training you will need to have the following materials in front of you:

  • Small glass of soda pop or carbonated water (2-3 ounces)
  • Small glass of tap water (2-3 ounces)
  • Handful of kernels of unpopped popcorn (10-15 kernels)


Kendra Moyses, an Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, has provided leadership on a variety of programs that center around families, children and youth. She currently works in the Preparing Michigan’s Children and Youth Institute and focuses on early childhood and life skill development.

Theresa Silm, an Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, has worked with children, youth and families in both 4-H and early childhood teaching life skill development, science, and programs that focus on academic success.

Carrie Shrier, an Extension Educator in the Children and Youth Institute, has worked with MSU Extension for seven years. She is currently providing programming in the area of Early Childhood Education. She has experience working with young children in many areas, as a former preschool teacher and center director and also as the mother of four young children.


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