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2015 Early Learning Institute: Exhibit Opening

Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins

The inaugural Early Learning Institute was kicked off this year with a special event- The opening of the exhibit Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins. The exhibit was on loan to us from the Hawkins Centers of Learning based in Colorado and features the extensive work of Frances and David Hawkins. From the Hawkins Centers of Learning website:

“…an educational exhibit created by Hawkins Centers of Learning, celebrates and brings to life the work of this remarkable couple. To this day, David’s educational approaches, largely informed by Frances’ insightful classroom observations, inspire professionals worldwide. David’s theories have been foundational to the renowned schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and are expressed in many other venues. Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child is both a tribute to Frances and David and a vehicle to spread their very timely message.”

The exhibit was first on display at The Muse, a wonderful space for exploration and play here in Knoxville. Next, it moved to the L&N STEM Academy for viewing and engaging throughout the Early Learning Institute. Dr. Mary Jane Moran opened the evening by introducing Karen Worth, an advocate for science education for young children and an acquaintance of the Hawkins’. Worth shared the impact that Frances and David’s work has had on the development of quality science programming for children.

Attendees had time to visit the exhibit, interacting with the materials and “messing about”. It was a great evening and a wonderful way to kick off this year’s Early Learning Institute!