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Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Nestled in the nation’s capital in the richest museum complex in the world is the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, a model early childhood program that places children at the center of every experience. SEEC utilizes an emergent curriculum, following the children's interests to teach content and developmental skills through objects in the museums and community. 


Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center's collections

 

SEEC Faculty Resources

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Women as Pioneers of Technology: Invention and Contribution

<p>This Learning Lab collection was created by Ngan Vo, a student in the summer 2022 Smithsonian Digital Learning and Engagement Internship, in collaboration with Emerson Collective. </p> <p>This collection draws from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center’s approach to object-based learning and aims to remedy gender bias in the classroom, particularly regarding STEM-based subjects. By showcasing women as trailblazers of technology, the collection hopes to spark confidence and gauge interest from young girls to participate in STEM endeavors. </p> <p>#SAintern #SEEC</p>
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How Are Drums Used In Different Cultures?

<p>A learning lab for Preschool & Kindergarten educators discussing six ways drums are used in different cultures across the globe and throughout history. The lesson provides various objects, resources, and activities from Smithsonian museums & Affiliates. The goal of the lesson is underscored by a foundation of anti-bias education: "same but different". While all drums are an object one uses to make a sound, they vary in many ways across time periods, cultures, and contexts. Students will walk away from this lesson with an understanding that there is not one correct way to use a drum, nor is there one correct way to use or do anything. This is exciting because differences are what make us interesting, and we must be curious to learn from others. The lesson also touches on topics of spirituality, inequality, and activism. <br></p> <p>#SAintern</p>
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Spoons

<p>You may think of spoons as everyday objects, but spoons can tell special stories and teach us about cultures. Explore this collection to learn more. </p><p>This collection was created by Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center faculty member. #SEECStories<br /></p>
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Grasshopper - Lesson

<ul><li>Compare and Contrast the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper to the Conehead Grasshopper<p><br /></p> <ul><li>Colors</li><li>Ability to move</li><li>Shape and size</li></ul></li><li>Explore grasshopper's mouth pieces that are used for grinding </li></ul><p>This collection was created by Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center faculty member. #SEECStories</p>
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Red Light; Green Light

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Robots that Help

<p>OBJECTIVES:<br /></p> <ul><li>Learn that people make robots to do things to help people </li><li>Look closely at a robot that some people have in their house</li><li>Learn about other types of helping robots </li><li>Talk about why robots are made</li><li>Learn that robots are designed with a purpose </li><li>Think about times when it might be helpful to have a robot </li><li>Use creativity to design robots </li></ul>
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Stanley - The Driverless Car

<p>Objectives </p> <ul><li>Learn that robots need special sensors to help them understand the world around them</li><li>Discover that we use our senses to help learn more about the world around us</li><li>Explore our senses</li><li>Compare our senses to the senses of Stanley the driverless car </li></ul>
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Pretend Robots

<p>Objectives</p><ul><li>Learn closely at a variety of fictional and toy robots</li><li>Compare and contrast a group of fictional and toy robots</li><li>Develop an understanding that people like to imagine different types of robots</li><li>Have the opportunity to create their own pretend robot using various household items</li><li>Think creatively and be inspired to wonder</li></ul>
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Simple Machines & Tools

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Cicadas

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Bodies

<p>This collection is comprised of artwork and objects that reflect a variety of bodies and the amazing things bodies can do. </p><p>This collection was created by Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center faculty member. #SEECStories<br /></p>
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