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Paper: Preschool Science: Reaching Our Youngest Astronomers
Volume: 524, Advancing Astronomy for All (ASP 2018)
Page: 17
Authors: Gurton, S.; Blinderman, E.; Hurst, A.; Schonleber, N.
Abstract: Young children are often described as natural scientists, but what can they understand regarding the complex science of astronomy? While preschoolers are not yet capable of intricate reasoning about astrophysics, they are enthusiastic observers of the world around them, such as the changes they see in the day and night sky. How can we build on children's natural curiosity about the Sun, Moon, and stars to promote early engagement in science? Panelists will discuss their work in connecting young children with science, and the joys and challenges of introducing astronomy to this young age group.
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