GoAEYC 2021 Events

Spectacular Science with Steve Spangler 10/23/21

GoAEYC is excited to offer our community this valuable virtual Zoom training event*. You’ll hear from Steve live in his studio with the help of his fantastic production team via Zoom. Participants will receive in the mail a Take Home Kit (valued at $45) so that you can work along with Steve and explore science the hands on way.

Registration ends on October 12.

Non-member registration cost is $60.

Current GoAEYC Standard and Premium paid members will save $20 off registration and pay the low price of $40. This is our way of thanking you for your membership, we appreciate you.

Interested in GoAEYC membership, please visit our website at https://goaeyc.org/join/

Early Childhood Educators- This event is an Illinois Gateway approved training and will automatically be added to your professional development report (PDR) if a Gateways number is submitted at registration. A certificate of attendance may be requested.

KEYNOTE – Best Day Ever

The Science of Creating Amazing Experiences that Inspire Children to Wonder, Discover and Explore

Emmy award-winning television host, science communicator, and celebrity educator Steve Spangler is the science teacher you always wanted in school. Without warning, things would fizz, pop, and explode, making students chant “Best day ever!” During his high-energy presentation, Steve will teach you that the best day ever is more than just a feeling or emotion, it’s a powerful principle that helps people uncover strategies for connecting, experiencing, and engaging in your classroom. Learn how to engage at the highest levels to create unforgettable experiences that children remember for a lifetime.

Connect. Experience. Engage. That’s the formula for a Best Day Ever experience.

STEM for Little Sprouts

How to Use Children’s Literature to Do More Science in Your Classroom

Early childhood teachers know that getting kids excited about science is only part of the challenge. Today’s young learners need more than excitement and motivation – they need opportunities to actually DO more science on a daily basis. This hands-on science seminar is for early childhood teachers who need creative science integration strategies and who want to learn how to make science more fun and meaningful for their students.

STEM for Little Sprouts is more than just a collection of great hands-on activities, it’s a whole new way to teach science through the medium of children’s literature. Discover why SCIENCE is the great melting pot of each and every discipline you teach, especially reading.

Every participant receives a TAKE-HOME KIT filled with experiment materials and science resources to use during the hands-on workshop with Steve Spangler. Estimated kit value at $40. Please be sure to write complete mailing address on the registration form.

Bio Information – Steve Spangler

He’s a best-selling author, STEM educator and business leader branded by TIME Magazine as one of their “most influential people of the year” because of his passion to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. With more than 1,500 television appearances and multiple Emmy awards to his credit, Steve is also a regular guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where she dubbed him America’s Science Teacher. Steve’s catalog of videos featured on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and now TikTok have close to 1 billion views, and his books and online experiments are widely used by parents and educators to increase student engagement and inspire young scientists to learn more about STEM-based careers.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year as we transition back to our in-person fall conference!

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GOAEYC Board Meetings

The GoAEYC Board meets via Zoom, the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend!  For more information about our next meeting, or to RSVP your attendance, please contact us for more information. Attend a Meeting!

GoAEYC is excited to be a Gateways Authorized Entity. Your in-service hours through GoAEYC will be documented on your PDR. For more information on Gateways please click on the Resources Tab.

We are pleased to offer you our 2021 event calendar, details will be posted as it’s available.

  • Winter Workshop (Zoom Webinars)

1. February 11, 2021 – 7-9 PM- Be Calm No Matter What You Are Facing

Spring Symposium (Zoom Webinar)  March 13, 2021 9 AM to Noon. Featuring Early Childhood Author Ann Gadzikowski. Ann will be presenting on Architecture, Block Play, and the Hundred Languages of Children.

  • Wheels on the Bus, April 10 2021. We will take a virtual ride and tour 4 quality Early Childhood Centers and Family Child Care Centers. This is also the kick off event for the 50th anniversary of Week of the Young Child.
  • Week of the Young Child– 5oth Anniversary. April 10-16, 2021
  • Back to School Event September 18, 2021 – this will be a Zoom Webinar.
  • Fall Conference October 23, 2021 Join us and Steve Spangler for a virtual Science Spectacular event.



For more information, please contact Carrie Rafalski, GoAEYC Director of Operations via email. Contact Carrie Now!