Akil Rahim believes that three-year-olds are all scientists in the making.
Rahim’s Community Fellowship project, The George Washington Carver DISCO STEAM Inventurers, has a long name but a fairly simple concept. The idea is to help low-income parents develop and nurture in their preschool-aged children a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
“Children are naturally curious, naturally inquisitive; they are natural scientists,” says Rahim, who has four decades of experience as a teacher and a teacher of teachers. “We come into the world wanting to know why, wanting to know what something is. We have to help parents become a part of not letting that die. We have to teach them not to be afraid of their children’s questions and to build off those questions, recognizing that any moment can be a moment for learning.”