New in 2019, The Exploration Station is a STREAM classroom designed specifically for very young children attending the Early Learning Center at the West Broad YMCA. In an open floor-plan we have created a work-space complete with large tables suitable for science or art projects, open shelving providing easy access to materials, a large carpeted space for movement and music classes, a library and reading area, easels, a science station, and a pet corner!
Art and music workshops are currently being offered to ages 2 through 5 on a weekly basis.
The space is not only used for workshops run by guest teaching artists but also for the Center teachers to work on larger projects, and to hold community gatherings, meetings, and family engagement events.
The Early Learning Center teachers are able to bring small groups of children to the classroom to explore the materials available. The goal is to allow children the time and space to investigate available materials and hopefully to ask questions that inspire new interests.