TechnoloGEEZs! Screen-Free Early Coding for Pre-Schoolers
Participants will walk through a sample early coding curriculum that engages preschoolers in hands-on activities so that educators are able to go back to their classrooms and immediately apply the basic concepts of early coding. A developmentally appropriate tinker/maker/breaker space will be set up to demonstrate how to encourage innovation in our youngest learners.
Heather Lee, BA has been an early childhood educator and advocate for 20 years. She has worn multiple hats during that time, including teacher, director, mentor, classroom assessor, and owner of a home-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) preschool. She currently serves as the early education coordinator for Idaho STEM Action Center, conducting early STEM workshops for educators throughout the state. She is also a graduate assistant for the Boise State University College of Education, pursuing a Master’s in Early and Special Education.
Yvette Mere-Cook, MA, OT earned a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 1997 and began working with young children with disabilities and their families in home-based and hospital settings. Yvette worked within school-based settings for over 15 years, collaborating with students, teachers, specialists, and families to both assess and address the educational needs of children with a variety of disabilities, especially students with autism spectrum disorder. Yvette completed her doctoral degree within the field of special education at the University of San Francisco. Her doctoral research focused on providing classroom-based interventions for sensory regulation to support students with and without disabilities within inclusive settings. As a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Early Education Department at Boise State University, Yvette's focuses on foundational principles of early childhood education and development as well as collaboration with teachers and families within both early and special education. As part of an emerging partnership, Yvette serves as a liaison between the College of Education and the Boise State University Children's Center.