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UCLA, California Science Center museum help turn kids into 'pre-scientists'




An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
Matthew, a student at UCLA Early Care and Education, plays with a fire truck in a classroom dedicated to science curriculum.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
Noah (center) plays in a model city at University Village.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
Students pretend to be firemen at University Village. Newly released standards for teaching K thru 12 science are based on hands-on learning and testing critical thinking.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
Tupac (left) and Alessandro paint boxes the color of a fire truck. University Village and the other two UCLA preschools are among a few in Southern California to offer science-based learning.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
Leah, a student at University Village, passes through the locker bin area of the classroom in Palms, Calif.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
Children go through an elaborate science curriculum at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
Holly, a University Village student, plays with a model of a town and fire station.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
Children go through an elaborate science curriculum at University Village. The song lyrics on the walls tell the students about air and water.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
A teacher makes notes on a board about a class field trip to a fire station during the unit on fire. The science curriculum at University Village is structured around the elements.
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An instructor reads to children at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education.
A student makes "fire" from Play-Doh in a corner of a classroom dedicated to science curriculum at University Village.
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New nation-wide science standards released a few weeks ago lay out lessons that are aimed at Kindergarten aged tots. But a handful of programs across Southern California are starting even sooner by teaching scientific concepts to preschoolers. As KPCC's Deepa Fernandes discovered, these little scientists learn the basics through hands-on experiences.