Exploration Station Leads Way With Five Years of STEM Discoveries Leading the way in early childhood educations, Exploration Station at MDC is celebrating five exciting years of focusing on the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM concentration enlivens the classroom and engages the young students in profound ways. Often beginning with simple, practical observations – like noting that the weather is foggy – teachers can introduce children to scientific concepts, like what fog is and how it is formed, as well as developing reasoning skills by having students ask questions and testing answers. “What is important is that the children drive the discussion,” said Exploration Station Director Yolanda Borroto. “We start with their observations and follow their natural curiosity. Exploration Station was one of only two STEM-focused preschool programs in the nation when it adopted the philosophy. “Our program has had a phenomenal success rate,” Borroto said. “About 60 percent of our students are at the poverty level, and we have a 98 percent success rate when the students move on to kindergarten. The local average success rate is just 75 percent. That means almost all our Exploration Station students leave here with excellent kindergarten readiness skills.”
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