The ABCs of STEM in preschool television programming: a case-study analysis of the best methods to introduce scientific subject matter into preschool-aged television programming

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Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture


A child's natural inclination to explore the world around him/her has been a fundamental part of child development theory. From 2- to 5-years-old, or preschool-aged, children are 'tiny scientists' who are capable of understanding basic concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Through the examination of child development studies and children's educational programming history with an analysis of three renowned educational television programs for the preschool audience, this paper creates a framework for developing preschool television programming with STEM content. A concluding discussion details how the Framework is then implemented in the creation of a film 'Discovery Camp: Busy Bees Make Honey'.


Discovery camp: busy bees make honey is a film that is part of the student's thesis project.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Education)


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